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ESPN content pulled from YouTube after it declines YouTube Red terms

ESPN's YouTube channels have 'gone dark' after the broadcaster refused to accept the terms of YouTube's new subscription service Red.

Introduced earlier this week, the terms of the $9.99-a-month subscription service see any partner who declines to sign a content contract for YouTube Red have its videos set to private.

Of programming partners' withdrawals, YouTube told Gizmodo: "Today, the overwhelming majority of our partners, represent nearly 99 per cent of the content watched on YouTube, have signed up.

"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."

After declining the terms 11 of ESPN's 13 channels have gone dark with much of its video content being moved to ESPN and spinoff Grantland's websites. Whilst ESPN has declined the terms, parent company Disney has signed up.

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