Proper earlier than a New Yr’s Eve deadline, Verizon and the Walt Disney Firm reached a brand new carriage settlement, stopping a possible blackout of some massive school soccer video games (together with the Nationwide Championship Recreation) on ESPN after January 1.
The present settlement between Disney and Verizon Fios was to run out at midnight December 31. It could haven’t solely affected ESPN, however its sister networks like Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Freeform, plus ABC stations in New York and Philadelphia.
Disney had run messages a final week on WABC and WPVI that the stations have been in peril of being far away from Verizon Fios, however, the brand new settlement averts a blackout of Saturday’s NFL Wild Card recreation which can be simulcast on each ABC and ESPN. As one dispute closes, one other one looms. This one is between Cox and Nexstar.
Cox and Nexstar have reached a final-minute settlement stopping a blackout and maintaining its stations on the air in some markets. It took some bluster on each side. However, viewers in some markets throughout the nation are not going to see any interruption in viewing their favorite reveals and sporting occasions.
Cox and Nexstar are battling to the midnight hour, and this dispute impacts not naturally native CBS stations as listed above, but additionally NBC stations in six markets, and three ABC associates from Hartford, CT to Panama Metropolis, FL.
Not solely are the NFL playoffs affected on all stations, but also the NHL Winter Traditional, school basketball, golf, NBA and different occasions. It’s one other instance of two media firms combating over cash. Cox contends Nexstar is asking an excessive amount of in compensation for its stations. Nexstar will say Cox shouldn’t be bargaining in good religion.