After the Disney-YouTube TV ESPN deal expires, YouTube TV will no longer carry ESPN or ABC.
Because Google and Disney failed to reach a deal by the Friday midnight deadline, over three million YouTube TV ESPN customers no longer have access to key Disney-owned networks, including ABC and ESPN. Customers with YouTube TV will no longer be able to watch programmes from the following channels: ABC local stations, ABC News Live, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Freeform, FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNews, SEC Network, ACC Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNews, SEC Network, ACC Network.
“We have maintained good faith conversations with Disney for several months,” YouTube TV ESPN wrote in a statement to its viewers. We were unable to establish an equitable agreement before our current one ended, despite our best efforts. All Disney-owned networks, including ESPN and your local ABC station, will be inaccessible on YouTube TV as of December17,2021, at the end of the day Eastern Time.”
To compensate for the lost channels, YouTube TV’s monthly subscription will be reduced from $64.99 to $49.99, according to the statement.
“We understand that this is disappointing news, and it is not the result we desired,” the statement added. “We will continue to work on your behalf with Disney in the hopes of reinstating their programming on YouTube TV ESPN.”
Both Google and Disney are still open to reaching a “equitable agreement,” but there is said to be a significant difference between what Disney is charging for its channels and what Google considers a “fair deal with us based on market terms and conditions” to bring the Disney-owned channels back to YouTube TV ESPN.
For the time being, millions of sports lovers who subscribe to YouTube TV ESPN will have to find another way to view the ESPN family of networks.