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Where Did My Channels Go? YouTube TV Subscribers May Need to Manually Re-Add Temporarily Lost Disney Channels

Ben Bowman

If you’re a YouTube TV subscriber, you probably know by now that the service fought with Disney over the weekend and more than 17 Disney-owned channels briefly disappeared. Now, the channels have been restored, but if you use a custom channel guide, you’ll have to manually re-add them.

When YouTube TV adds new channels (usually without much fanfare), they are added at the bottom of your available channels list. Unless you manually click a button to add them, they won’t appear in your standard lineup.

How to Re-Add Disney-Owned Channels

  • Go to YouTube TV or open the YouTube TV app
  • Click on your profile icon in the upper right corner
  • Click Settings
  • Click Live guide
  • Scroll all the way to the bottom
  • Click the buttons next to the channels you’d like to add
  • Drag them into place where you’d like to see them in your lineup

This process is unfortunately tedious with so many channels, so it’s a bit easier with a mouse than your phone.

You’ll have to do this process with each channel you’d like added to your lineup. These are the channels that need to be replaced:

  • ABC
  • ABC News Live
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • Freeform
  • FX
  • FXX
  • FXM
  • National Geographic
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU
  • ESPNEWS
  • ACC Network
  • SEC Network

One benefit of this exercise is that you can do some December “spring cleaning” of your channel lineup. Clear out any channels you don’t watch or cluster some together by topic. The YouTube TV navigation system is often superior to other streaming services, but if you like the familiar exercise of scrolling through channels, the ability to sort, include or exclude channels is pretty great.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV is a live TV streaming service with more than 60 channels for 64,99 $/month. This plan includes local channels, 32 of the top 35 cable channels, and regional sports networks (RSNs) in select markets.

With the recent addition of Viacom channels (BET, MTV, Comedy Central, etc.) to the service, they are only without Hallmark and A+E Networks (Lifetime, History, A&E).

They recently added NFL Network and new Sports Plus add-on which include channels like NFL RedZone for $11 a month.

YouTube TV offers select 4K content, including some live sports and on-demand shows, as part of their 4K Plus add-on. The 4K Plus add-on is $19.99 a month and also includes offline downloads and unlimited streams on your home network.

If you want a cheaper service with many of the entertainment channels on YouTube TV, you can subscribe to Philo which includes A+E, Discovery, Viacom, Hallmark, and other channels for just $20 a month after a 7-Day Free Trial.

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