„We are pleased to announce that after a brief hiatus, we have entered into a new distribution agreement with Google`s YouTube TV for the onward transmission of our network portfolio,“ Disney said in a statement. „We value Google`s collaboration to achieve fair and market-compliant terms, and we are excited to restore our strong offering of sports and live news, as well as children`s, family and general entertainment programs for YouTube TV subscribers across the country.“ YouTube TV customers will regain access to Disney`s networks, which went dark on Friday after the companies announced On Sunday that they had reached a new transportation deal. In October, YouTube TV lost nearly 14 NBCUniversal channels due to a similar promotion dispute, but the two sides were eventually able to reach an agreement. This isn`t the first time this year that Google has found itself in a deadlock with a media company over distribution. In the fall, Google`s agreement with NBCUniversal`s cable networks and local NBC stations expired. The companies were able to quickly reach a new agreement. A similar disagreement with Roku over the terms of distribution of the YouTube and YouTube TV apps was settled this month. The dispute highlights the growing sharpness between programme networks and platforms with regard to transport costs at a time when viewers are shifting from the cable package of expensive channels to streaming options. YouTube TV was involved in a similar dispute with NBC, which is owned by Comcast Corporation (CMCSA), in October 2021 before the two sides reached an agreement to keep more than 14 NBC-owned channels on the platform.
Disney had played hard with Dish Network Corporation (DISH) in 2019 before agreeing to renew the promotion of FX and National Geographic, two channels it acquired that year. The two sides were in negotiations to reach an agreement on Disney content that includes 17 live channels and eight TV channels. YouTube claimed that Disney charges more money for its programs than other platforms similar in size to YouTube pay for it. The contract clause is known as the most-favoured-nation (MFN) clause and requires Disney to significantly adjust its transportation prices for services of similar size. Disney opposed the change, countering that YouTube refuses to reach a „fair deal“ based on „market conditions.“ The companies did not disclose the terms of the new agreement. .