A deal between Disney and Google to stream ABC and ESPN on YouTube TV fell through before midnight Friday ET after the media conglomerate failed to find a new deal.
YouTube TV has never blocked a major streaming network due to a carriage fee dispute in nearly five years. It has existed (although YouTube TV removed 19 Sinclair-owned Fox regional sports networks last year).
Google has announced a $15 price cut for YouTube TV, bringing it down from $64.99 to $49.99. Now that Disney is pulling their nets.
Television stations owned by ABC, ESPN Networks, Disney Channels, Freeform, FX Networks and National Geographic Channels were covered by Disney’s previous deal with YouTube TV through Friday (Dec. 17) to at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Why is this happening?
As with any other provider of live TV channels, YouTube TV has to make arrangements with the networks that manage and own them (in this case, Disney). These agreements are transportation agreements.
Disney and Google engaged in good faith negotiations for several months, Google he said in a statement. Despite their best efforts, they have been unable to reach an equitable settlement in time for their existing agreement to expire.
It means that your channels are no longer available on YouTube TV.
“We will lower our monthly price by $15, from $64.99 to $49.99, while this content remains off our platform,” Google said.
Additionally, Google noted that they knew this was frustrating for customers and that we didn’t want it. To get their content back from YouTube TV, they will continue discussions with Disney in hopes of advocating for them.
Although YouTube TV has cut its monthly subscription price by 23%. But you are still likely to lose a lot of subscribers due to the blackout.
With college bowling season just around the corner, ESPN has been removed from the service.
Google was blamed for Disney’s mishaps. YouTube TV and Disney are in ongoing negotiations. They have not reached a fair settlement, Disney said in a statement to Variety.
As a result, ABC subscribers no longer have access to a wide range of networks, including live sports, news, children’s television shows, family and general entertainment. Includes ABC, ESPN, Disney, Freeform, FX and National Geographic.
Disney continues, “We stand ready to reach a fair settlement with Google as quickly as possible in order to minimize inconvenience to our viewers as we restore our networks.”
Disney hopes Google will join them in that effort.