YouTube TV deal with Disney is set to expire on December 17th and no new deal has been reached yet

Announced by YouTube TV on December 13th:

In order to make 85+ channels available to you on YouTube TV, we partner with content owners. From time to time, our partnerships need to be renewed to ensure we continue to offer a strong lineup at a competitive and fair price.

We are now in negotiations with Disney to continue distributing their content on YouTube TV. Our deal will expire on Friday, December 17, 2021. We have not yet been able to reach an equitable agreement, so we want to give you a heads-up so that you can understand your choices.

Disney is an important partner for us. We are in active conversations with them and are working hard to keep their content on YouTube TV. Our ask of Disney, as with all of our partners, is to treat YouTube TV like any other TV provider – by offering us the same rates that services of a similar size pay, across Disney’s channels for as long as we carry them.

We welcome a renewed agreement provided we can reach equitable terms with Disney. However, if we are unable to reach a deal by Friday, the Disney-owned channels will no longer be available on YouTube TV starting December 17, and we will decrease our monthly price by $15, from $64.99 to $49.99 (while Disney content remains off of our platform).

We would love every member to stay with our service, but we give you the flexibility to pause or cancel your membership at any time. If you want to continue watching some of Disney’s content, consider signing up for their own service, The Disney Bundle, which they offer for $13.99/month and which is subject to its own terms and restrictions.

We will share any further updates here as we seek a resolution for you, our members.

Thanks for your patience and for being a YouTube TV member.


FAQs

When does the distribution deal with Disney expire?

December 17, 2021

Are you changing my price?

If we are unable to reach a deal by Friday, December 17, 2021, the Disney portfolio of channels will no longer be available on YouTube TV starting December 17, and we will decrease our monthly price by $15, from $64.99 to $49.99 (while this content remains off of our platform). This discount will apply to all Base Plan members billed during the period when Disney content is not available on YouTube TV and will be via a credit or, in select cases, applied directly. No action is needed on your part.

How else can I access Disney content?

If you would like to keep watching some of Disney’s content, consider signing up for Disney’s own streaming service, The Disney Bundle, which they offer for $13.99/month. YouTube TV is not endorsing or affiliated with any of these services, which are subject to its own terms and conditions.

Which channels and related VOD content will I lose if the deal with Disney expires?

  • Your local ABC channel
  • ABC News Live
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • Freeform
  • FX
  • FXX
  • FXM
  • National Geographic
  • National Geographic Wild
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3 (by authentication to the ESPN app)
  • ESPNU
  • ESPNEWS
  • SEC Network
  • ACC Network

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I feel like YouTube TV just went through this with another major network…oh yeah they did…it was NBC back in October:

NBCUniversal and YouTubeTV reach agreement to avoid dropped channels

The channels that were in danger of falling off youTube TV as part of that deal included:

  • NBC
  • Bravo
  • CNBC
  • E!
  • Golf Channel
  • MSNBC
  • Oxygen
  • SYFY
  • Telemundo
  • The Olympic Channel
  • Universal Kids
  • Universo
  • USA Network

Luckily (for YouTube TV subscribers like me) a deal was made and saved those channels on YouTube TV.

Hopefully a deal gets worked out between Disney and YouTube TV and this silliness ends soon for us that rely on YouTube TV for our services. If not, I am sure I will not be the only one looking for a new solution in the near future (especially with College Bowl season upon us).

Scott E

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