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Disney's ESPN withdraws content from YouTube
October 23, 2015 / 8:05 PM / 2 years ago

Disney's ESPN withdraws content from YouTube

YouTube unveils their new paid subscription service at the YouTube Space LA in Playa Del Rey, Los Angeles, California, United States October 21, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co’s sports network ESPN said it will not make its content available on YouTube, due to the recently announced ad-free subscription-based offering coined YouTube Red.

Alphabet Inc’s YouTube said on Wednesday it will launch YouTube Red, a $10-a-month subscription option that lets viewers watch videos without interruption from advertisements, in the United States on Oct. 28.

“ESPN is not currently part of the Red service. Content previously available on the free YouTube service will be available across ESPN digital properties,” ESPN said in a statement.

ESPN would not be part of the subscription service at launch due to “rights and legal” issues, a YouTube spokeswoman told Reuters.

Disney, ESPN’s parent company, however, has signed a deal to include its content on YouTube Red, the spokeswoman said.

Disney did not respond to requests for comments.

Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru and Jessica Toonkel in New York; Editing by Savio D'Souza

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