A few months ago, YouTube TV was struggling to reach a deal with NBC to keep its channels on the live TV service. The two parties eventually worked out their differences, and all of the NBCUniversal channels remained. Unfortunately for YouTube TV subscribers, there is now even more drama. This Monday, YouTube TV announced that it is now in the process of negotiating a new deal with
YouTube TV might lose
YouTube TV sent an email to subscribers on Monday regarding the ongoing negotiations with Disney. The language is similar to what we saw when YouTube TV was working out the kinks with NBC. Once again, the live TV service claims that it can’t reach an “equitable deal” with a content provider:
Disneyis 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.
YouTube TV has a plan in place if the talks go south. If the two parties can’t find common ground by December 17th, YouTube TV will lose every Disney-owned channel and lower its monthly price from $64.99 to $49.99. This will be the new price for YouTube TV until the channels return.
YouTube TV explains that the discount will apply to all Base Plan members billed when
Here are all of the channels YouTube TV will lose if it can’t make a deal with Disney:
- Your local ABC channel, ABC News Live,
DisneyChannel, DisneyJunior, DisneyXD, Freeform, FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 (by authentication to the ESPNapp), ESPNU, ESPNEWS, SEC Network, ACC Network
What should you do now?
In the meantime, if you still want access to
As a YouTube TV subscriber myself, I’m beginning to lose patience with the service. On one hand, it’s better that we know about these talks before the channels suddenly vanish from the service. On the other hand, being dragged into these carrier battles multiple times a year is exhausting. Am I going to be able to watch college sports on YouTube TV this weekend or not?