YouTube TV Cuts Fees After Losing ESPN, Other Disney-Owned Channels In Failed Negotiations

A picture taken on October 5, 2021 in Toulouse shows the logo of Youtube social media displayed by a by a tablet and a smartphone. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP) (Photo by LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP via Getty Images)

by Tom Ozimek

The Epoch Times

December 18, 2021

Google’s YouTube TV has lost over a dozen Disney-owned channels, including ABC and ESPN after the two companies failed to strike a deal in last-minute contract renewal negotiations.

The two companies said in separate statements Friday that the negotiations fell through and the Disney-owned channels would be dropped from the YouTube TV streaming service starting Dec. 18.

YouTube said in a blog post that it had held “good faith” negotiations with Disney for months but that, “unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we’ve been unable to reach an equitable agreement before our existing one expired,” and that Disney’s channels are no longer available on the Google-owned platform.

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