ABC & Disney Cut Ties With Major Provider, Subscribers Furious

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Many fans of Disney and ABC had a rough day yesterday when all the channels under the Disney umbrella suddenly went dark. Turns out, the second-largest television provider and Disney have been in talks for a while. Trying to come to an agreement. Unfortunately, they were unable to reach an agreement. And, all channels under the Disney umbrella (which includes ABC) immediately went dark. Understandably, fans were FURIOUS when they turned in to watch their favorite shows and movies only to find out they could not do so.

What exactly happened? And, who is it that couldn’t reach a deal with Disney? Keep reading for the details.

ABC & Disney Cut Ties With Major Provider, Subscribers Furious

To date, Charter Spectrum has just under 15 million subscribers. It is the second largest television provider. According to The Sun, the provider has been “in talks” with Disney. They were discussing a “market-based agreement.” Unfortunately, the two giants were unable to agree on terms. The result was a massive fallout. A fallout that caused all Disney and ABC channels to go dark for their nearly 15 million subscribers.

Now, Charter Spectrum finds itself in a bit of a sticky situation. Their customers are taking to social media in waves. They are FURIOUS all of the ABC and Disney channels have gone dark. And, they are threatening to walk away and cancel their subscriptions if Spectrum doesn’t find a way to strike a deal with Disney.

Moreover, Disney fans are urging Spectrum to act quickly. Customers are asking for a speedy solution before they cancel their services and go elsewhere.

At the very least, many subscribers are calling for a deep discount to accommodate the channels they now can’t watch.

A Wise Business Move For Disney?

From a business point-of-view, Disney certainly has the upper hand in the situation. While customers may never know who was more difficult to come to an agreement, Charter Spectrum is the company that will suffer the most because of this fallout. After all, customers are not threatening to leave Disney.

If anything, they are threatening to go elsewhere and find a platform or provider that allows them to continue to enjoy their favorite Disney channels. So, Charter Spectrum is in a tough spot where the provider may be forced to sweeten the pot and give Disney what the company wants to agree to the terms.

Presently, Charter Spectrum offers their streaming services for $59.99 a month for a 12-month period. Disney Plus offers three different packages for $9.99, $12.99, and $19.99 a month.

Alternatively, customers could also explore bundling Hulu Live and Disney+ to get access to the other channels they enjoyed on Charter in addition to the Disney options they are currently without.

Are you a customer of Charter Spectrum? Will you be switching providers if Disney and Charter don’t come to an agreement? Share your thoughts with us in the comments. And, keep coming back for more TV news.

Allie Johnson

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