Today, Disney and YouTube TV announced a deal to bring back over a dozen Disney-owned channels to Google’s internet TV streaming service.
The revelation comes after the two sides failed to reach an agreement before their contract ended on Friday, and customers were notified that they would lose access to ESPN, Disney, FX, and other Disney-owned assets if their contract was not renewed.
“We are pleased to announce that after a brief disruption, we have reached a new distribution agreement with Google’s YouTube TV for continued carriage of our portfolio of networks,” Disney said in a statement. “We appreciate Google’s collaboration to reach fair terms that are consistent with the market, and we’re thrilled that our robust lineup of live sports and news plus kids, family and general entertainment programming is in the process of being restored to YouTube TV subscribers across the country.”
With the loss of channels, YouTube TV announced a $15 monthly price cut to $49.99. YouTube TV said in a blog post on the reinstated service that it will return to its original monthly fee of $64.99, but that it would “honor a one-time credit for all impacted members.”
“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,” YouTube TV said. “For members who were impacted and have initiated the cancellation process, we would love to welcome you back.”
YouTube TV has begun to restore access to Disney-owned properties on its service, including local ABC stations, which will be restored “over the course of the day,” according to the company.