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ABC, ESPN, Disney stations are now back on this streaming service. Here’s what happened

YouTubeTV viewers suddenly saw all Disney-owned channels disappear from the second most popular streaming service at 11:59 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, 2021.

YouTubeTV viewers suddenly saw all Disney-owned channels disappear from the second most popular streaming service at 11:59 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, 2021.

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That didn’t take long.

Less than two days after YouTubeTV viewers suddenly lost all Disney-owned channels in a contract dispute, the channels are back.

“We’re happy to announce that we’ve reached a deal with Disney and have already started to restore access to channels like ESPN and FX, and Disney recordings that were previously in your Library,” YouTubeTV announced via Twitter on Sunday. “Your local ABC station will also be turning on throughout the day.”

Starting Friday at 11:59 p.m., YouTubeTV removed the channels after the companies failed to reach an agreement, and said that its monthly price would drop by $15, from $64.99 to $49.99, while the channels remained off the platform.

Now that the channels are back, the service’s price has been reverted to $64.99, but impacted subscribers will receive a one-time, $15 discount.

“For active members who have not yet received that $15 discount on their monthly bill, you will automatically receive this one – time credit on your next bill with no action needed,” YouTube TV told customers in an email Sunday afternoon.

“We apologize for the disruption and appreciate your patience as we continued to negotiate on your behalf,” the company stated. “We also appreciate Disney’s partnership and willingness to work towards an agreement.”

But the deal did not happen fast enough for some college sports fans, who would have missed a whole slate of games played on Saturday.

The FX Network and National Geographic Channel also had been yanked from the streaming service because of the dispute.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed Sunday.

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Devna Bose is a reporter for the Charlotte Observer covering underrepresented communities, racism and social justice. In June 2020, Devna covered the George Floyd protests in Charlotte and the aftermath of a mass shooting on Beatties Ford Road. She previously covered education in Newark, New Jersey, where she wrote about the disparities in the state’s largest school district. Devna is a Mississippi native, a University of Mississippi graduate and a 2020-2021 Report for America corps member.

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