YouTube’s new subscription program “YouTube Red” won’t include ESPN videos

The sports channel has had a tough negotiation with YouTube for rights to its videos, which include complicated underlying rights agreements with sports leagues. YouTube spent months negotiating with many major media companies. Most eventually capitulated. ESPN has not

That locks ESPN out. If companies with videos on YouTube decline to agree to allow their work to be streamed on the service, YouTube hides those videos

As a result, a large number of ESPN videos have disappeared off YouTube. Eleven of ESPN’s 13 featured channels now appear to have gone dark, including Grantland, SportsNation, ESPNU and espnW Read more…

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ESPN videos disappear from YouTube after subscription service launch