I guess we`ll probably have some extensions in the short term and the rhetoric fades (and maybe ESPN will tone down some of its messages). In other words, we saw a lot of surprises last year where sports fans are paying the price, while the wire harness unravels. I hope it doesn`t happen this time. Does this mean that ESPN and Disney channels are being pulled (which includes ABC in many markets)? A long-term agreement is often reached directly towards the end of an existing contract, and in many cases, when both parties approach, short-term extensions are obtained, so customers are not affected, while details are disclosed. It`s actually like the debt ceiling in Congress, where there`s a lot of screaming, and it ends up being raised without disturbing the government. If you`re a sports fan with a DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse, or AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) subscription, you seem to be able to breathe. After a day of short-term extensions that allowed negotiations between AT&T and Disney to continue, there are clear signs that the company`s giants have secured a long-term extension and that the chains are no longer at risk of sinking. „The deal and terms are not unexpected, as the Dish deal was the most recent in the Disney timeline to expire,“ DirecTV spokesman Darris Gringeri said Wednesday. „The DirecTV contract is coming and we are working with Disney on a similar long-term agreement.“ David Preschlack, Executive Vice President, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Disney and ESPN Media Networks, added, „We have a great reputation for working closely with our channel partners to enhance the value of the multi-channel video subscription.
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