YouTube TV hasn’t confirmed this with a public statement yet, but if you login to your account, you’ll likely notice that all of the Disney family of channels are now gone. It actually happened, folks. YouTube TV and Google said that the service may lose Disney, ESPN, ABC, and other affiliated networks if a deal wasn’t reached today, December 17, and they appear to have not reached one.
This is a bit of a shocker, as Google just went through this process with NBC a couple of months ago, only to reach a deal at the last minute. There is always a chance that Disney and Google come to a deal here shortly and restore the channels that just disappeared, but there’s also a chance that that doesn’t happen and this is life with YouTube TV going forward.
Of course, if all of the Disney networks are gone, Google said they would lower the price of YouTube TV by $15, dropping it back from $65/mo to $50/mo. As of now, that should happen unless something changes here before your next bill.
The full list of channels you had up until a few minutes ago is as follows:
- Your local ABC channel
- ABC News Live
- Disney Channel
- Disney Junior
- Disney XD
- National Geographic
- National Geographic Wild
- ESPN3 (by authentication to the ESPN app)
- SEC Network
- ACC Network
We’ll keep an eye out for an official statement from anyone involved.
- UPDATE 1: YouTube TV is now sharing a statement in apps and the web to confirm that the networks are indeed gone and that a price decrease is coming unless a new agreement is reached. There should be an email arriving in inboxes shortly with more details.
- UPDATE 2: Google released the following statement in a blog post tonight–
We’ve held good faith negotiations with Disney for several months. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we’ve been unable to reach an equitable agreement before our existing one expired, and their channels are no longer available on YouTube TV. We will be decreasing our monthly price by $15, from $64.99 to $49.99 while this content remains off of our platform.
We know this is frustrating news for our customers, and not what we wanted. We will continue conversations with Disney to advocate on your behalf in hopes of restoring their content on YouTube TV. In the meantime, we’ll update this website soon with the latest updates, including channels impacted, alternative ways to continue enjoying some of Disney’s content on The Disney Bundle, information about our price decrease, plus any other questions you may have about this situation.
- UPDATE 12/19: YouTube TV and Disney reached a deal. All of the channels are back and the price remains at $65/mo.