YouTube TV loses Disney-owned channels, lowers its monthly price

Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority

TL; DR

  • YouTube TV has dropped 18 channels owned by Disney, including local ABC channels, ESPN and more.
  • The price of YouTube TV has also dropped from $ 64.99 to $ 49.99 a month.
  • This change was due to the inability of Google and Disney to accept a new contract.

YouTube TV now lacks some major broadcast and cable TV channels. As predicted earlier this week, Google’s live internet-based TV service no longer offers any of the 18 channels owned by Disney.

The full list of channels dropped by YouTube TV includes:

  • Local ABC channel
  • ABC News Live
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • Free form
  • FX
  • FXX
  • FXM
  • national geography
  • National Geographic Wild
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3 (upon approval of the ESPN app)
  • ESPNU
  • NEWS
  • SEC network
  • ACC network

In a statement, Google said the company had been in talks with Disney for the past many months to reach a new contract that would have kept the Disney channels with YouTube TV. “Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we were not able to reach a fair deal before our existing expiration,” the company explained. In addition to losing the live TV channels, YouTube TV subscribers can no longer watch any previously recorded content from these channels.

The (kind of) good news is that the price of YouTube TV has now dropped a lot. Previously priced at $ 64.99 a month, it will now cost only $ 49.99 a month. A credit for the current month will be automatically put in place for subscribers.

The timing of this move is bad for YouTube TV subscribers, especially if they are big TV sports fans. Losing access to the many live ESPN channels along with ABC means they will not be able to watch a series of late season NFL games along with many college football bowl games, NHL games and more. Also, families with young children can probably be put off by losing the Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior.

However, Google does not mention the possibility of signing up for the Disney-controlled rival Hulu Plus Live TV. It also offers live TV channels and add-ons. As of Tuesday, December 21, it’s raising its prices from $ 64.99 a month to $ 69.99 a month, but will add both Disney Plus and ESPN Plus at no extra cost.