Nearly 15 million Charter Spectrum customers lost several Disney-owned channels — including ESPN and ABC — when the stations went out Thursday as both sides were still working on a new carriage deal.
More than 25 Disney channels have been severed from the cable TV provider as both companies blamed each other for the service disruption — which began as college football season kicked off and in the middle of the much-anticipated US Open game between Carlos Alcaraz and Lloyd Harris in the sports network.
With Spectrum — the country’s second-biggest cable television provider — serving the Billie Jean King Tennis Center during the US Open, ESPN broadcasts also aired at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the media rec room, and throughout the grounds around 8 p.m
ABC-owned stations – including ABC 7 New York – ESPN and its affiliates and channels like Freeform, FX and National Geographic have all been divested from Disney. spectrum said.
In a message to viewers on the blocked channels, the company vowed to continue to negotiate in good faith.
“We made Disney a fair offer, but they’re asking for an excessive raise,” Spectrum said. “They also want to limit our ability to offer our customers a greater choice of programming packages by forcing you to use and pay for channels you may not want.
“We are very disappointed in their position, which has had a negative impact on our customers.”
Disney, meanwhile, told the Post that it has been in talks with Charter Communications for some time but has yet to agree on a “new market-based agreement.”
“Disney Entertainment has won successful deals with pay-TV operators of all shapes and sizes across the country, and the rates and terms we are targeting in this renewal will be driven by the market,” it said.
“We are committed to finding an amicable solution with Charter and we urge them to work with us to minimize disruption to their customers.”
Spectrum has approximately 14.7 million pay-TV subscribers. according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The recent dispute over the promotion is one of the few disputes Disney has been involved in in recent years, the outlet said.