Disney Reaches Temporary Truce With DISH Network Post Weekend Blackout

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  • TV channels owned by Walt Disney Co DIS are back on DISH Network Corp DISH satellite broadcasting, and streaming platforms after the two companies tentatively agreed on a new contract.
  • The accord ended a weekend blackout that saw millions of Dish customers lose access to several popular Disney networks, including ESPN and ABC.
  • Other channels that suffered blackout included FX, Disney Channel, Freeform, National Geographic, and ABC locals in eight markets.
  • Also Read: Disney Analyst Slashes Profit Estimates To Factor In Content Sales Licensing Guidance, DTC Losses
  • DISH Network said Disney is more interested in becoming a monopolistic power than providing its programming to viewers under fair terms. Disney plans to spend billions on direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Disney+ and ESPN+, not included for DISH and SLING customers.
  • Disney charged high fees for several of its networks, including ESPN, which cost distributors nearly $9 a month, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing the research firm Kagan.
  • The report added Disney reached a "handshake agreement" with DISH Network that reflected fair market value for its content. The terms of the agreement remained undisclosed. 
  • Both companies will work to finalize the deal in the coming days.
  • Disney wants to retain the ESPN sports television network despite a deluge of offers from companies wanting to buy ESPN ever since rumors regarding a potential sale of the cable network began floating around.
  • Price Action: DIS shares closed lower by 3.20% at $94.33 on Friday.
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