YouTube TV battle with Disney almost as soon as it started. They have two hit an agreement restoring access to ESPN, FX and other Disney channels on YouTube’s streaming service. Local ABC stations will return during the day (December 19), but you may already see access to footage of Disney-owned channels.
The base subscription rate returns to $ 65 a month, but YouTube TV has promised that “all affected members” will continue to receive a one-time discount of $ 15. More details will arrive via email, the service said.
Disney channels disappeared on Dec. 18 after media giant and YouTube TV failed to reach an agreement on channel transmission fees. As is often the case with such disputes, each side blamed the other. Disney claimed that YouTube TV “refused to reach a fair deal”, while YouTube claimed that it advocated “on behalf of” viewers.
This is not the only dispute on YouTube TV over transportation offers. The service exchanged blows with NBCUniversal and Sinclair, for example. That being said, Disney’s struggle was perhaps one of the most important. It’s not just that channels like ESPN remain the main attraction for live TV services – but Disney could easily have lured some of those customers into its equivalent Hulu offering. YouTube may have decided that all the increased costs (and possible price increases) are less painful than losing viewership.
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