For the second time in the last twelve months, Disney is in a carriage dispute with a Live TV Streaming Service. Disney confirmed to the The Streamable unable to reach a deal with DISH and Sling TV to retain more than 17 Disney-owned channels, including ESPN, Disney Channel, FX, Nat Geo, and in the case of Dish, ABC affiliates.
After months of negotiating in good faith, DISH has declined to reach a fair, market-based agreement with us for continued distribution of our networks. As a result, their DISH and Sling TV subscribers have lost access to our unrivaled portfolio of live sports and news plus kids, family and general entertainment programming from the ABC Owned Television Stations, the ESPN networks, the Disney-branded channels, Freeform, the FX networks, the National Geographic channels and BabyTV.
The rates and terms we are seeking reflect the marketplace and have been the foundation for numerous successful deals with pay TV providers of all types and sizes across the country. We’re committed to reaching a fair resolution, and we urge DISH to work with us in order to minimize the disruption to their customers.
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The dispute comes at a particularly important time for sports fans as we are about to start the NBA and NHL seasons, MLB playoffs, and are in the thick of the NFL and College Football season.
This is the second major dispute between Disney and a Live TV Streaming Service in the last year. Last December, Disney channels went dark for 36 hours after Disney and YouTube TV were unable to reach a deal. Ultimately, the two sides were able to reach a deal for the channels to return.
Most recently, Dish and Sling TV lost GSN for three weeks as part of a carriage dispute. A similar carriage dispute took place between Dish/Sling and FOX back in September 2019, which lasted 10 days before FOX, FS1, and BTN returned to the service.
source: The Streamable