Dispute With Spectrum and Disney Leave Fans Without Sports

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Disney is commenting on the matter, as fans are left without sports on Labor Day Weekend. The Walt Disney Company released a statement on Sunday, September 3, ahead of the holiday on Monday, September 4, warning viewers of the changes. Disney Entertainment and Spectrum Cable partner to give fans access to Disney’s networks like ESPN and ABC.

The news comes about as parent company Charter Communications and Disney Entertainment could not reach an agreement, declining Disney’s negotiations. Disney and Charter have released their own statements, pointing fingers at each other during the matter. “They both failed to put the interests of consumers above their economic objectives,” NBC Sports writes, as millions of fans were left with no access to watch the US Open and college football.


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Disney’s Statement

Disney released a statement titled, “Here’s What You Need To Know About the Dispute Between Charter/Spectrum and Disney Entertainment.” The release came as millions of fans could not access sports during the holiday weekend, as Disney seemingly shamed Spectrum and their decisions. Disney writes,

Labor Day weekend is traditionally one of the biggest sports weekends of the year. Viewers sit down to watch the anticipated return of college football and enjoy the tennis battles at the US Open.

Unfortunately, for millions of Spectrum cable viewers this has not been the case this holiday weekend, since ESPN and other Disney-owned channels like ABC are blacked out due to a dispute between Spectrum’s parent company—Charter Communications—and Disney Entertainment.

Disputes between cable companies and content providers aren’t new. However, millions of consumers may find themselves perplexed and frustrated by what’s going on.

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Furthermore, the statement goes on to detail all that is lost for fans who have Spectrum as the deal is severed between the two companies. Spewing facts and numbers, Disney argues their case so fans understand their perspective on the matter. “In the average month, 71% of Charter subscribers tune into Disney’s networks or stations,” Disney wrote as one of the talking points.
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It’s clear Disney would like to make a deal and end any issues with Spectrum. In the case of moving forward, it’s unclear what that deal would look like for the companies, but hopefully, a decision will come soon for the consumers affected. Disney went so far as to say consumers were “Experiencing up to three-hour hold times to cancel their cable subscription after Disney’s networks went dark,” only showing the beginning of what could be a real financial issue for Spectrum if a deal isn’t made.
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About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.