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Disney, Spectrum have deal over channels

The Walt Disney Company and Charter Communications Inc. — which is the parent company of Spectrum Cable — announced a transformative, multi-year distribution agreement that maximizes value for consumers and supports the linear TV experience as the industry continues to evolve. As part of the deal, the majority of Disney’s networks and stations will be immediately restored to Spectrum’s video customers.

In a joint statement Robert A. Iger, Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company, and Chris Winfrey, President and Chief Executive Officer, Charter Communications said:

“Our collective goal has always been to build an innovative model for the future. This deal recognizes both the continued value of linear television and the growing popularity of streaming services, while addressing the evolving needs of our consumers. We also want to thank our mutual customers for their patience this past week, and are pleased that Spectrum viewers once again have access to Disney’s high-quality sports, news and entertainment programming, in time for Monday Night Football.”

As of Monday morning, Spectrum Cable viewers had all channels returned to their lineup.

State Gov. Kathy Hochul, who weighed in on the corporate dispute last week, noted: “Just in time for Monday night football and the Bills and Jets starting their seasons tonight, I’m pleased that Disney and Charter have resolved their corporate dispute and resumed service for more than 1.5 million New York customers that lost access to ESPN and Disney-owned channels. My administration will ensure that New Yorkers receive a refund for the days they were without service, holding true to our commitment that we will always prioritize consumer protection.”

The dispute, which lasted less than two weeks, began when Disney pulled its channels off the cable provider on the evening of Aug. 31. CBS channels and DirecTV continue to lock horns over fees. WIVB-TV in Buffalo will be showing the Bills-Raiders game on Sunday. Those with DirecTV could miss that contest.

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