Disney vs. Dish: Are There More TV Blackouts to Come?
Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS) and Dish Network (NASDAQ:DISH) are currently negotiating an agreement over retransmission fees, which is leaving some Dish customers worried about having access to Disney content, including programming from ABC and ESPN.
Bloomberg reporter Alex Sherman doesn’t believe the fight will get as nasty as the one between Time Warner Cable (NYSE:TWC) and CBS Corp. (NYSE:CBS), which left some Time Warner customers without access to CBS programming for more than a month and eventually required the intervention of the Federal Communications Commission. The spat came to an end over the Labor Day weekend.
“Both sides have already come out and said, ‘Look we’re negotiating, things are proceeding well,’” Sherman said in a Bloomberg TV interview of the Disney-Dish battle. He added: “It’s very easy to have good feelings this early on. When we get closer to that September 30 deadline, if nothing is done, we’ll have a better read on exactly what the situation is.”