Youtube warned subscribers that negotiations with Disney to continue distributing its content had not reached fruition by Wednesday, meaning that viewers will possibly no longer be able to access channels such as ESPN, National Geographic and Disney Junior, and shows such as the Bachelor and Good Morning America starting this weekend.
Youtube, which is owned by Google parent company Alphabet Inc., said that if no agreement is reached it would decrease the subscription rate for Youtube TV from $64.99 to $49.99.
“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,” said Youtube TV in a statement.
Disney still held out hopes for a positive solution to the negotiations in a statement to Ars Tecnica.
“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,” said the media conglomerate. “We are optimistic that we can reach a deal and continue to provide their YouTube TV customers with our live sporting events and news coverage, plus kids, family, and general entertainment programming.”