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YouTube TV and Disney Reach a Deal to Bring Back ESPN, FX, and Other Channels

Today, Disney and YouTube TV announced a partnership to bring back over a dozen Disney-owned channels to Google’s internet TV streaming service.

The revelation comes after the two sides failed to reach a deal before their contract ended on Friday, and customers were notified that they would lose access to ESPN, Disney, FX, and other Disney-owned assets if their contract was not renewed.

“After a brief interruption, we are delighted to report that we have signed a new distribution deal with Google’s YouTube TV for continuous carriage of our portfolio of networks,” Disney stated in a statement. “We appreciate Google’s cooperation in reaching market-based conditions, and we’re excited that our full array of live sports and news, as well as kids, family, and general entertainment programs, is being returned to YouTube TV customers across the country.”

With the loss of channels, YouTube TV announced a $15 monthly price cut to $49.99. YouTube TV said in a blog post on the reinstated service that it will return to its former monthly fee of $64.99, but that it would “honor a one-time credit for all impacted users.”

“Active subscribers who have not yet received the $15 reduction on their monthly fee will receive a one-time credit on their next statement with no action required,” YouTube TV added. “We would love to welcome back any members who have been impacted and have started the canceling procedure.”

YouTube TV has begun to restore access to Disney-owned properties on its service, including local ABC stations, which will be restored “over the course of the day,” according to the company.

Joe Wallace
Joe Wallace
Joe Wallace is a reporter with over two decades of experience, writing about the latest and greatest technology news. With the most experience on TheOptic team, Joe strives to help highlight the most exciting developments in the technology world, as well as bring you the latest updates on new and developing technologies from around the world.
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