Disney’s networks are back on Dish after reaching a ‘handshake agreement’

Disney broadcasters like ABC, ESPN, FX and Disney Channel are back on Dish and Sling TV after the two parties reached a tentative agreement. meeting has called. A total of 17 Disney channels disappeared from services on Friday, October 1 due to a promotions dispute.

“We have reached a handshake agreement with Dish/Sling TV that fairly reflects the fair market value and terms for The Walt Disney Company’s content,” a Disney spokesman said in a statement. “As such, we are pleased to temporarily restore our mesh portfolio while both parties work to finalize a new deal.”

Dish had accused Disney of “holding viewers hostage as a bargaining chip and alleged plans to include ESPN and ESPN2 in non-sports packages.” At the same time, Disney said Dish didn’t make him a fair offer to keep ESPN and National Geographic on Dish/Sling TV. “After months of good faith negotiations, Dish has refused to enter into a fair, market-based agreement with us to continue selling our networks,” the company said diversity in a statement on Friday.

Last year, Disney channels disappeared from YouTube TV in December over a similar dispute, but returned just a day later. Meanwhile, HBO and Cinemax went dark on Dish in 2018 and only resurfaced (along with HBO Max) last year. According to Statista, Dish and Sling TV together had around 10 million subscribers in the US in the second quarter of 2022.

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