YouTube shared the disappointing news on Friday that its streaming TV service would be losing major channels such as ESPN and National Geographic due to failed negotiations with Disney, but now, just a few days later, the companies have already managed to patch things up.
As noted in an updated version of its blog post pertaining to YouTube TV and Disney programming, YouTube has reached a deal with Disney that will allow YouTube TV subscribers to continue enjoying Disney channels that include ESPN and FX. Local ABC stations have also been returned to the subscription service.
“As we promised a $15 discount while the Disney content remained off platform, we will still honor a one-time credit for all impacted members,” YouTube added, sweetening the news for subscribers.
“For active members who have not yet received that $15 discount on their monthly bill, you will automatically receive a one-time credit on your next bill with no action needed. For members who were impacted and have initiated the cancellation process, we would love to welcome you back. Visit tv.youtube.com/membership and click ‘Add’ to return the Base Plan to your membership. If you resume your membership before you lose access, we will still honor the one-time $15 credit on your bill. We’ll update this website soon with more details.”
A statement that Disney sent to The Streamable on Friday suggested that YouTube TV simply did not want to pay what the company had asked for, which it described as “a fair deal […] based on market terms and conditions.” YouTube presumably gave in after realizing that it was definitely at risk of losing a considerable amount of subscribers.