What you need to know
- YouTube TV has reached an agreement to bring Disney channels back to the streaming service.
- This comes after the companies failed to reach an agreement on an extension.
- YouTube TV's montly price was temporarily reduced, but has been reverted.
Over the past few months, we've YouTube and YouTube TV in some pretty ugly situations with the likes of Roku and now Disney. In the latest saga, YouTube TV and Disney failed to reach an agreement on an extension which would provide subscribers access to Disney's vast number of live TV channels. Thankfully, an agreement has been announced, providing YouTube TV subscribers access to the channels that were temporarily removed.
We're happy to announce that we've reached a deal with Disney and have already started to restore access to channels like ESPN and FX, and Disney recordings that were previously in your Library. Your local ABC station will also be turning on throughout the day.We're happy to announce that we've reached a deal with Disney and have already started to restore access to channels like ESPN and FX, and Disney recordings that were previously in your Library. Your local ABC station will also be turning on throughout the day.— YouTube TV (@YouTubeTV) December 19, 2021December 19, 2021
Following the expiration of the previous agreement, YouTube TV confirmed that subscribers would see a $15 per month discount for as long as Disney channels were not available. Now that Disney has joined the fray again, the monthly price for YouTube TV will go back up to $64.99 per month, not including any additional channel packages. However, YouTube TV also confirmed that "all impacted members" will receive a one-time $15 credit. In the event that you don't see the credit on your current bill, it will be available on the next bill.
The ongoing agreement struggles between YouTube TV and the likes of NBCUniversal and Disney has left current and potential subscribers a bit frustrated. With NBCUniversal, the two companies came down to the wire before a deal was made, but the same can't be said for Disney, as subscribers were left without channels for a couple of days. There's hope that these problems won't continue to be an issue in the future, but it's already forced some to start looking at the other options for streaming tv, such as Hulu + Live TV.
Back to normal
You can still watch everything
Now that a deal with Disney has been reached, YouTube TV continues to be one of the best streaming services if you want to cut the cable.
Andrew Myrick is a Senior Editor at Android Central. He enjoys everything to do with technology, including tablets, smartphones, and everything in between. Perhaps his favorite past-time is collecting different headphones, even if they all end up in the same drawer.
Thank God. Roll Tide.
Also, contract disputes are common. This isn't exclusive to YouTube TV/Google.
Thank you YouTube TV/Disney for coming to an agreement. Thank you YouTube TV for keeping the same price.
This seems to be a ritual of a kind, a corporate circke-jerk if you please, one where the customer comes out last as always...
YouTube TV is just cable. They really jerked people around coming out @ 35 and then almost increasing costs 100%. The whole "cord cutting" is a joke. Hulu or YouTube TV the costs with internet are now unshockingly the same.
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