Many will lose out on ABC and ESPN if Disney does not come to an agreement with Altice

FILE PHOTO: The water tank of The Walt Disney Co Studios is pictured in Burbank, California February 5, 2014.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

Walt Disney Co. and Altice USA are at an essential point in mediation and its consumers that may suffer a blow if a point of agreement is not reached. Subscribers could lose admittance to ABC and ESPN and many have described observing scrolling messages on their television screens notifying them that they may lose out on ABC programming.

There is a lot to be at risk for both sides. Disney possesses the rights to charter like Star Wars and commands various popular networks including ABC, ESPN and Disney Channel and is one of the crucial players in the game. It is not going to retreat its steps as the company fights it against the largest cable distributors in the country: Altice USA.  

The New York-based Altice was earlier known as Cablevision before Altice NV brought Cablevision Systems for a roughly $10 billion in June 2016. The company fulfills more than 4.6 million customers and is the fourth largest U.S. cable distributor. Altice’s subscribers mainly reside in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

Disney demonstrated that its ready to play hardball when lately it joined the streaming bandwagon declaring its own service it expected in 2019. This step created shock ripples as Netflix presently has undivided rights to Disney films and in allowing the Netflix deal to cease Disney is going away from an approximate $200-300 million a year in licensing revenue.

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