One of the best parts about a carriage contract dispute between media companies is that it’s entertaining. Sling TV and Dish Network users are Yet again, channels were removed from their service and they are being forced to disappearThis time it’s under the Disney banner. Dish Network is not the only network. However, Dish currently has at least 20 Disney-owned stations.
FX, ESPN and ABC are some of the missing channels. Although it’s unlikely to last, Dish just recently settled a carriage dispute that was brewing with Warnermedia, currently Warner Bros. Discovery after three years.
After failing to agree on a new carriage contract, Disney pulled 20 of its television stations from Dish Network/Sling TV. https://t.co/6xBV5SjoW4
— TheWrap (@TheWrap) October 1, 2022
“Disney has exploited its market position to increase fees without regard for the public viewing experience,”Brian Neylon, executive vice president of Dish and president of the group, said. “Clearly, Disney insists on prioritizing greed above American viewers, especially sports fans and families with children who watch their content.”
Dish has a history of engaging in lengthy, sometimes tedious negotiations with networks and companies. Dish claims that Disney demanded $1 billion more to extend its contract with Dish. The deal was terminated at midnight PT on September 30, and the networks went dark on the platforms.
“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,”Disney has responded to DIsh’s claims. “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.”
According to The WrapDish currently has around 9.99 millions paid subscribers, as of June 2022. This includes 7.79 Million Dish TV subscribers, and 2.20 Million Sling TV subscribers.
Carriage disputes are not new. However, it is strange to see one turn out so brutal in light of current trends toward streaming. With different strategies and success, network operators are creating their own streaming services. A streaming device, dongle, or PC can be used to stream content and allow viewers to subscribe to companies. How long will Dish, or any cable TV provider, be able remain in the conversation?
When sports have joined the streaming train, it will appear that everyone is free to use the WiFi. Nearly 10 million customers still don’t have access to a lot of networks, and may not for a long time.