Disney has begun warning AT&T and DirecTV video subscribers that they may soon lose ABC, ESPN, Disney Channel, Freeform and other channels due to a carriage dispute between the two companies.
“Our contract with AT&T for the ABC, ESPN, Disney, and Freeform networks is due to expire soon, so we have a responsibility to make our viewers aware of the potential loss of our programming,” a Disney spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday. “However, we remain fully committed to reaching a deal and are hopeful we can do so.”
Disney began running the warning during Monday Night Football on ESPN last night. In a message to DirecTV subscribers, Disney wrote that “[S]o far AT&T has refused to reach a fair, market-based agreement with us, despite the fact that the terms we are seeking are in line with recent marketplace deals we have reached with other distributors.”
Deadline for a Deal, Friday 9/13/19 at Midnight.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)