YouTube is about to undergo some pretty massive changes with YouTube Red, which will provide a premium ad-free experience, and the first negative effects are starting to surface.
ESPN recently pulled most of its public videos from YouTube, suggesting that Disney and Google didn’t exactly see eye-to-eye on Google’s new YouTube Red subscription service. Under the new terms, companies that don’t agree to make content available ad-free to paying subscribers will need to pack up and hit the road, which seems to be happening here.
“Videos of partners who don’t update their terms will be made private, but we remain committed to working closely with these partners with the goal of bringing them on board,” YouTube told Deadspin.
Deadspin was the first to spot the changes and said that ESPN removed videos from 11 of its 13 channels. The sports channel appears to be making the videos private, which means they may one day again be available if it reaches terms to offer the content through YouTube Red.
YouTube Red will launch on October 28.