March 29, 2023
Disney Networks Go Dark On Dish

Disney Networks Go Dark On Dish & Sling TV In Carriage Dispute, Including ESPN, FX, ABC Stations.

Another carriage deal ran out at the end of September, and there was no agreement to keep it going. At midnight on October 30, Dish and Sling TV stopped carrying Disney-owned TV stations that carry ABC programming and cable networks ESPN, FX Networks, Nat Geo, Freeform, and Disney Channel.


The news comes just a few days after the Game Show Network, which also went dark because of a carriage dispute, was brought back on Dish and Sling.


ABC is starting up new seasons of its shows, with Grey’s Anatomy coming back next week for its 19th season, and ESPN is in the middle of NFL coverage with Monday Night Football.


Here’s what they say:


When it comes to DISH, Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution say:


After months of good-faith negotiations, DISH has turned down our offer of a fair, market-based deal so that our networks can continue to be shown. So, their DISH and Sling TV customers no longer have access to our unbeatable line-up of live sports, news, and kids, family, and general entertainment programming from ABC Owned Television Stations, the ESPN networks, the Disney-branded channels, Freeform, the FX networks, the National Geographic channels, and BabyTV.

The rates and terms we want are in line with the market and have been the basis for many successful deals with pay-tv providers of all sizes and types across the country. We want to find a fair solution, and we want DISH to work with us so that their customers have the least amount of trouble.


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