The two companies have been locked in a dispute since late August over the carriage of various Disney-owned channels. One of the points Charter was keen to address with the dispute was access to Disney’s standalone streaming services, including Disney Plus.
On the face of it, it would seem as though Charter has managed to secure what it wanted. In a new joint announcement, Charter and Disney confirmed that “the Disney+ Basic ad-supported offering will be provided to customers who purchase the Spectrum TV Select package” in the coming months.
In addition, the announcement also confirmed that those signed up to Spectrum TV Select Plus will also get access to ESPN+ as well.
Interestingly, the agreement also includes access to the “ESPN flagship direct-to-consumer service” for Spectrum TV Select customers. This is the new standalone ESPN service that’s expected to act as more of a direct replacement for the linear ESPN channel.
While it remains unclear when the new standalone ESPN service will launch, it will be available to Spectrum TV Select subscribers from launch.
In return, the agreement makes clear that Charter will use its distribution capabilities to offer Disney’s direct-to-consumer services to all its customers. Notably, this includes offering Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+, as well as The Disney Bundle, to Charter’s significant broadband-only customer base, at retail rates.
The agreement also confirms that Charter will continue to offer a range of video packages at varying price points.