YouTube TV subscribers could possibly be in for a world of damage if the corporate can’t come to a brand new settlement with Disney over the channels it owns, YouTube has warned in a blog post. The problem has arisen as a result of it’s time for Disney and YouTube to resume their contract, which sees YouTube TV pay Disney for the rights to supply its channels to subscribers, thus making a YouTube TV subscription extra enticing to prospects.
The issue for YouTube TV is that its present cope with Disney ends this Friday, December seventeenth, and the 2 firms haven’t managed to comply with a brand new deal – in different phrases, Disney doesn’t suppose YouTube is paying it sufficient for its content material.
In a press release (per The Hollywood Reporter), Disney stated, “Disney Media and Leisure Distribution has a extremely profitable observe report of negotiating such agreements with suppliers of all kinds and sizes throughout the nation and is dedicated to working with Google to succeed in a good, market-based settlement. We’re optimistic that we are able to attain a deal and proceed to supply their YouTube TV prospects with our stay sporting occasions and information protection plus children, household and common leisure programming.”
But when that optimism is unfounded, YouTube TV subscribers would be the ones feeling the ache. They’ll lose entry to these 18 channels on Friday, in keeping with the YouTube weblog put up:
- Their native ABC channel
- ABC Information Stay
- Disney Channel
- Disney Junior
- Disney XD
- Nationwide Geographic
- Nationwide Geographic Wild
- ESPN3 (by authentication to the ESPN app)
- SEC Community
- ACC Community
In the identical weblog put up, YouTube introduced that if it does lose Disney’s channels, it’ll scale back the month-to-month subscription worth of YouTube TV from $64.99 to $49.99.
So how will this all play out? YouTube TV beforehand received into the same dispute with NBC Common in September. However as The Verge reported, by early October the 2 giants reached an settlement to maintain the channels on YouTube TV’s service.