YouTube: Disney withdraws its ABC and ESPN channels from the streaming platform

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YouTube TV customers have lost access to all Disney-owned channels, including ESPN and ABC, as the companies failed to agree on a new contract before the previous one expired this Friday.

YouTube TV clients they will automatically get a discount of $ 15 dollars per month as long as Disney channels remain without signal, reducing the cost of the base plan from $ 65 to $ 50.

“Subscribers, we have worked hard to prevent this, but we have not been able to reach a fair agreement with Disney,” the company said in a statement.

“We regret to share that as of December 17, all Disney-owned channels will not be available on YouTube TV. As long as Disney content remains off our platform, we will reduce our price by $ 15 per month. We know how frustrating it is to lose channels like ESPN and your local ABC station, and we will continue discussions with Disney in hopes of restoring their content to you. “

The list of channels no longer on YouTube TV included all local ABC channels, ABC News Live, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Freeform, FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, ESPN, ESPN2 , ESPNU, ESPNEWS, SEC Network and ACC Network.

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In case you want to continue watching some of Disney’s content, you can subscribe to its own service The Disney Bundle, which they offer for $ 13.99 per month.

The Google platform also came close to losing NBCUniversal channels, however they agreed to a brief extension to avoid a blackout when the original contract expired. In the contract between Disney and YouTube TV they could still reach a new agreement and continue with the service of the online channels.

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