YouTube Loses and Then Regains Disney Channels

Teodora Dobrilova
Teodora Dobrilova

Updated · Feb 21, 2022


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YouTube and Disney had a whirlwind of a weekend, filled with negotiations about the latter’s suite of networks.

Disagreeing at First

On Friday, Disney announced that YouTube has refused a fair deal, based on market terms and conditions.

“As a result, their subscribers have lost access to our unrivaled portfolio of networks including live sports and news plus kids, family and general entertainment programming from ABC, the ESPN networks, the Disney channels, Freeform, the FX networks and the National Geographic channels,” the company elaborated.

As a result, Disney-owned channels went missing from the streaming service on Friday and throughout Saturday. 

So, users lost access to:

  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • Local ABC channels
  • ABC News Live
  • Disney XD
  • National Geographic
  • National Geographic Wild
  • Freeform
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3 (by authentication to the ESPN app)
  • FX
  • FXX
  • FXM
  • SEC Network
  • ACC Network

YouTube announced that it  will lower the monthly price of its service to $50 a month, while the channels are unavailable,

Both sides, however, stated that they will continue with the negotiations. 

A New Deal

On Sunday, YouTube announced on Twitter that both parties have reached an agreement.


Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora devoted her whole life to words – reading, writing and trying to be original on social media. She got certified in digital marketing but still feels she’s not cool enough to be an influencer. (We all disagree – she influences the team pretty well.) She finished a master’s degree focused in Literature, Publishing, Mass Media. Her hobbies include traveling, and reading. Teddy hopes that yoga will be the thing to finally teach her some patience and show her the path toward world domination. Maybe modern tech can also help her with that.

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