ESPN Videos Go Dark on YouTube
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ESPN began removing content from YouTube starting Thursday night. Some of the sports programmer’s video on YouTube is still available outside the U.S.
As of Friday morning, the most recent video available on ESPN’s main YouTube channel in the U.S. — which has 1.67 million subscribers — was nearly four years old. Other ESPN channels including ESPN1stTake and Grantland do not have any videos available.
YouTube Red is slated to launch Oct. 28, with a one-month free trial offer, initially available only in the U.S. In addition to ad-free access to videos, YouTube Red includes music videos and songs through YouTube Music and Google Play Music (and subscribers to those services also will have access to Red).
As with its standard ad revenue-sharing program, YouTube will pay 55% of subscription revenue to partners, divvied up based on aggregate subscriber viewing time.