You can no longer keep ESPN on Spectrum as the contract between Charter and Disney expired on 31 August 2023. ESPN has been blacked out on Spectrum.

The Internet TV stream subscribers were unable to enjoy Disney-owned channels on cable as they went dark amid a carriage dispute.

On Thursday night, August 30, some ESPN and other media suddenly disappeared from the TV screen of Spectrum customers. This happened because a cable TV company, Charter Communications could not come to terms with Disney on contract negotiations. 

As a result, those using Spectrum TV are facing an issue because Disney's channels are no longer available on their service.

College football fans were particularly upset because the channels went black just as a CFB game was starting at 8 PM Eastern Time on August 31.

ESPN Not Working On Spectrum

ESPN on Spectrum ceased working resulting in many sports fans encountering a frustrating issue. The screen displays a black background with a message.

The message reads that Disney took away their shows from the cable, and this is making things tough for Spectrum's customers.

Charter, the company that runs Spectrum TV, has around 14.7 million customers who rely on their TV service. Unfortunately, due to a disagreement, these customers were unable to access 19 cable channels owned by Disney.

Charter Spectrum put out an announcement that they showed on ESPN and other Disney channels instead of the regular shows. They also asked people to share their worries on a website called

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ESPN has been a go-to channel for sports fanatics who subscribe to Spectrum cable. Over the years the popularity of the channel grew to unimaginable heights.

Spectrum has apologized for the inconvenience and has said that it is continuing to negotiate with Disney in good faith in an effort to reach a new agreement.

However, uncertainty lingers as to when or whether both parties will be able to strike a conclusive deal that satisfies all involved stakeholders.

In the meantime, sports fans who subscribe to Spectrum will need to find another way to watch their favorite sports.

The most affected group by this conflict were college football fans who were eagerly waiting for the new season. Spectrum users will now have to look for a different  TV provider that carries ESPN.

Some of the live TV streaming services that offer ESPN include DirectTV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV. You can also subscribe to ESPN+, which is a streaming service that offers live sports and on-demand content from ESPN.

Spectrum and Disney Dispute

Spectrum ESPN dispute over carriage fees has been a growing concern for customers. Carriage fees are the cost that cable companies pay to content providers.

Charter has been paying Disney for the right to carry their channels on their cable networks. But their contract expired on August 31, 2023.

Now the dispute arose as the two parties sat for a table talk over a discussion of a new deal. Unfortunately, nothing good came out of that meeting as they could not agree on the fee.

Spectrum claims that Disney wants way too much money to keep showing their channels, while Disney says that Spectrum is not willing to pay a reasonable price for those channels.

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One way or another, Spectrum subscribers are the ones who are facing the consequences. The disagreement has led to a blackout of Disney channels for Spectrum cable subscribers, including ESPN, ABC, National Geographic, Freeform and more.

Both Charter and Disney have said that they are committed to reaching a new agreement, but they have not been able to do so so far. The altercation is a major setback for both companies, as it is disrupting the service for millions of customers.

The Spectrum ESPN outage began on August 31 and it is unclear when it will end. According to the Hollywood Reporter, right now, about 14 million homes, which is about 20 percent of the total, cannot watch ESPN because it's not available on their TV.

It is possible that they could come to terms soon but there is also a probability in which the dispute could drag on for weeks or even months.

Disney and Google were involved in a similar squabble in 2021, resulting in ESPN being unavailable on YouTube TV for several days.

Spectrum Disney Negotiations Latest

The latest development on the Spectrum Disney negotiations is that the deal is off and Disney has pulled its channels from Spectrum.

The two companies have been in negotiations for a new carriage agreement since their previous deal lapsed on August 31, 2023.

The main contention point in the negotiations is the amount of money that Spectrum is willing to pay Disney for the channels. Spectrum says that Disney's demand is colossal, while Disney states that Spectrum is not willing to pay a fitting price.

Because they have not reached an agreement yet, people who use Charter's Spectrum TV service no longer get Disney's live sports, news, kids' shows, family programs, and other entertainment channels.

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Disney ESPN Fair Deal

The "Disney ESPN Fair Deal" is a website created by Spectrum. It is intended to argue that Disney is demanding outrageous carriage fees for its channels, including ESPN.

Spectrum claims that these fees are unfair to buyers and are driving up the cost of cable TV. The website also reports that Disney is trying to control what channels they can choose for the TV packages. They want Spectrum to pay for channels they might not even want.

Moreover, Spectrum adds, they are making a strong effort to maintain programming rates that have been enforced on by companies such as Disney.

However, looking at another side of the story, Disney has denied these complaints, saying that it is only trying to get a fair paycheck for its programming.

The company has also said that it is willing to work with Spectrum to reach a new agreement that is fair to both parties.

Does Disney Own ESPN?

Yes, Walt Disney Company owns 80% of ESPN Inc. Disney acquired ESPN in 1995 as part of its acquisition of Capital Cities Communications and ABC.

ESPN Ownership

  • The Walt Disney Company - 80%
  • Hearst Communications - 20%

ESPN Inc. is a joint venture between Disney and Hearst that owns and operates the ESPN brand. Hearst Communications, another multinational mass media entity owns the remaining 20% stake.

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ESPN is a supreme sports media company that operates various television channels, websites, and streaming services. The company's flagship channel, ESPN, is the most-watched sports channel in the United States.

Besides, ESPN also runs ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Classic.

Back in August 2016, Disney bought a third of a company called BAMTech for a whopping $1 billion. They also activated the clause to buy the majority share and now own 85%.

Disney acquired the stake to develop an ESPN-branded streaming service called ESPN+.

Additionally, in July 2023, Walt Disney was reportedly considering selling an equity stake in ESPN to another company as part of its streaming expansion plans to include ESPN's linear networks.

Furthermore, ESPN is expecting to launch a new special direct-to-consumer service in 2025 or 2026, for diehard sports fans.

What Channels Does Disney Own?

Disney owns a wide variety of television channels, including cable and streaming services. Here are some of the well-known brands that Disney owns:

  • ABC
  • ESPN Networks
  • Disney Channel
  • Freeform
  • National Geographic
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • FX
  • FXX
  • FX Movie Channel