YouTube TV app’s Disney Channel woes could be great news for subscribers

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Google’s YouTube TV service could potentially lose Disney channels this week, as the current agreement between the two companies expires on December 17, 2021. This means that YouTube TV subscribers could very well lose access to the range of Disney channels. currently available on the streaming service.

There is, however, a silver lining for subscribers. As reported by Android AuthorityGoogle has confirmed that the loss of the Disney channel selection from the YouTube TV app will reduce the monthly subscription cost by $15.

“If Disney offers us fair terms, we will renew our deal with them,†an official YouTube blog post said. “However, if we don’t reach an agreement by Friday, Disney-owned channels will no longer be available on YouTube TV and we will reduce our monthly price by $15 from $64.99 to $49.99. “

It’s proving to be a tough month for Google, which has threatened to remove the YouTube app entirely from the Roku platform after the latter accused Google of anti-competitive practices. Fortunately, Roku and Google were able to make amends, and the YouTube and YouTube TV apps were returned to the Roku Channel store after a deal was struck.

However, the fact that Google is willing to drop YouTube TV’s monthly price to $49.99 is commendable and demonstrates some fairness to viewers, even amid unsuccessful negotiations. Subscribers would miss out on great channels if a deal wasn’t struck, like ESPN, National Geographic, FX and more.

The blog post added that YouTube TV’s price cut would only be in effect as long as its line of Disney-owned channels remain off the subscription service. It looks like Google will continue to actively pursue a deal with Disney even after it expires, which is understandable – although those channels may not return.

Google actually recommends subscribers also sign up for Disney’s own plan to ensure they get their usual services. This $13.99 per month package includes several channels cut from YouTube TV, including ESPN, but the package also includes Disney Plus and Hulu.

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