ESPN networks flip off on busy sports activities evening on Constitution Spectrum cable techniques – ABC Information

ESPN is amongst numerous Disney leisure channels which are now not out there on Constitution Spectrum cable techniques


JOE REEDY AP Sports activities Author

August 31, 2023, 9:59 p.m. ET

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ESPN is amongst numerous Disney leisure channels which are now not out there on Constitution Spectrum cable techniques.

The channels had been dropped Thursday evening amid a carriage dispute between the nation’s second-largest cable tv supplier – the biggest supplier in New York and Los Angeles, amongst quite a few different markets – and Disney.

There have been additionally faculty soccer video games on SEC Community, ACC Community and ESPNU.

The transfer angered sports activities followers and the U.S. Tennis Affiliation was sad with the timing.

“We’re extraordinarily disenchanted for our followers and viewers throughout the nation that Spectrum and Constitution had been unable to resolve their dispute with Disney, ensuing within the lack of ESPN’s protection of Thursday evening’s video games.” We’re very assured that this dispute might be resolved as shortly as doable,” USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier mentioned in an announcement.

Each Constitution Spectrum and the Walt Disney Co. mentioned in statements that negotiations had been underway for a while.

Along with all ESPN community channels, ABC-owned channels, Disney-branded channels, Freeform, FX and Nationwide Geographic are additionally now not out there on Constitution Spectrum.

“Disney Leisure has profitable agreements with pay-TV suppliers of all sizes and styles throughout the nation, and the charges and phrases we search on this renewal are market-driven. We’re dedicated to discovering an amicable resolution with Constitution and encourage them to work with us to attenuate disruption to their prospects,” Disney Leisure mentioned in an announcement.

“We made a good supply to Disney, however they’re demanding an extreme enhance,” Constitution Spectrum mentioned in a notice to prospects. “Additionally they wish to restrict our potential to supply our prospects a higher selection of programming packages by forcing you to make use of and pay for channels chances are you’ll not need. Rising programming prices are the one largest issue driving increased cable tv costs, and we’re combating laborious to adjust to programming charges imposed by corporations like Disney.”

ESPN historically has the very best carriage charges for cable corporations. Below its 2019 carriage deal, Disney receives a mean of $2.20 billion per yr from carriage with Constitution Spectrum, in line with S&P International.

Different cities the place Constitution Spectrum is the first cable supplier embody Dallas/Fort Value; Orlando Florida; Tampa, Fla.; Kansas Metropolis, Missouri; St. Louis; Cleveland; Cincinnati; Milwaukee; and Las Vegas.


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