At the end of August, the impact of the dispute became clear when Spectrum TV customers lost access to a number of channels, including Disney and ESPN. Since then, both sides have been making their case in the public domain as to why the other side is to blame.
In spite of who is ultimately at fault, Charter and Disney have managed to agree a deal, bringing the dispute to an end. As part of the agreement, Charter and Disney jointly confirmed that “the majority of Disney’s networks and stations will be immediately restored to Spectrum’s video customers.”
This will be good news for football fans, as the deal arrives just hours before the start of Monday Night Football on ESPN, which sees the Buffalo Bills take on the New York Jets.
Even though the dispute is now considered closed, the effects of it are still very apparent. Charter has already found itself caught up in a class-action lawsuit, and many affected customers appear to have had to sign up to a live TV streaming service to regain access to the channels they lost.
On the topic of live TV streaming services, both sides were advocating for the use of different services. For example, Charter announced Fubo as a preferred partner, even offering discounts of between 25 and 30% on the cost of Fubo’s Pro and Ultimate packages for the first two months.
In contrast, Disney used the dispute with Charter as an opportunity to encourage affected customers to sign up to Hulu Live TV. This was also while dropping the the price of Hulu Live TV as part of a limited-time deal to further encourage sign-ups.