When will ABC, Disney, and ESPN stop broadcasting on YouTube TV?
If a new deal with Google isn't reached, ABC, Disney, and ESPN may go dark on YouTube TV.
The current agreement is set to expire on December 17, but Google and the television stations have yet to reach an agreement.
Because they are still negotiating a new contract, Google has not officially announced that their agreement with Disney is coming to an end.
The Disney conglomerate owns ABC, ESPN, Freeform, and FX, which can currently be streamed on YouTube TV, and is hoping to reach an agreement before their current contract with Google, which owns YouTube TV, expires. This news comes after Google and Roku agreed to continue working together last week.
If a deal with ABC, Disney, and ESPN isn't reached by December 17 at 11:59 p.m., the stations will be permanently removed from the streaming platform.
According to reports, Google is having trouble obtaining an agreeable rate to continue streaming Disney's channels on their platform.
"Our ask to Disney, as with all our partners, is to treat YouTube TV like any other TV provider - by offering us the same rates that services of a similar size pay, across Disney's channels for as long as we carry them," YouTube TV said in a statement released on December 14.
Disney told USA Today that they are "optimistic" that a deal can be reached before the deadline of December 17th.
"Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution has a highly successful track record of negotiating such agreements with providers of all types and sizes across the country, and is committed to working with Google to reach a fair, market-based agreement," Disney said in a statement released on December 13.
"We are hopeful that we will be able to reach an agreement and continue to provide our live sporting events and news coverage, as well as kids, family, and general entertainment programming, to their YouTube TV customers."
If the Disney-owned stations "go dark" on December 17, YouTube TV announced that the subscription cost will be reduced by $15. The streaming service claims that the decision is to compensate subscribers for the lost programming.
Subscribers to YouTube TV currently pay $64.99 per month, and if no agreement is reached, they will lose access to 25 channels, 17 live networks, and eight local ABC stations.
Should an agreement not be reached, the streaming service advised anyone who will miss the stations to subscribe to Disney Plus for $13.99 per month.
"If Disney offers us equitable terms, we'll renew our agreement with them," YouTube TV wrote in a blog post on Monday.