Disney Channel Suddenly Canceled

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To say that the Walt Disney Company hasn’t been rolling in controversy would be the lie of the century. Amidst the strikes in Hollywood, drama with the state of Florida, and deadly blows in the streaming wars, the house of mouse is in more than a little hot water.

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Things definitely took a turn for the worse on the streaming front this week, as an ongoing contract dispute with Spectrum resulted in the company pulling multiple Disney-owned stations off the air, including the iconic Disney Channel.

Disney Channel Off the Air After 40 Years

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Since 1983, the Disney Channel has been the number one source for a multitude of family-friendly entertainment options. From memorable TV shows like DuckTales, Bear and the Big Blue House, and Phineas and Ferb to iconic Disney Channel Original Movies like Under Wraps, Halloweentown, and High School Musical, the network has been a persistent presence in the lives of many consumers.

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As the world continues to evolve in the era of streaming services and digital downloads, conflicts arise as multiple networks compete for viewers. However, a recent schism between Disney and Spectrum finally brought the hammer down on multiple Disney-owned networks like ABC, Freeform, and the Disney Channel.

Disney Channel, ESPN, ABC logo with people watching tv
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Disney and Spectrum have been in a feud over carriage pact agreements and a resolution has not been reached by either party due to what Spectrum reffered to as “an excessive increase” and limited programing availability.

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During ESPN’s coverage of the Florida/Utah football game, viewers tuned into Spectrum were treated to an apology from the company along with the following message.

“The Walt Disney Company, the owner of this channel, has removed their programming from Spectrum which creates hardship for our customers. We apologize for the inconvenience and are continuing to negotiate in good faith in order to reach a fair agreement.

“We offered Disney a fair deal, yet they are demanding an excessive increase. They also want to limit our ability to provide greater customer choice in programming packages forcing you to take and pay for channels you may not want. We are very disappointed with their position, which has negatively impacted our customers…”

Related: Disney Dilutes More Content, Gives Away Classic Series To Save Streaming Service

This display of control is blatantly a jab at cable companies like Spectrum, but it also might be a way to force subscribers to tune into Disney-owned services like Disney+ and Hulu. As the company’s streaming service recently lost millions of subscribers, it’s not out of the question.

Is this the end of Disney’s presence on TV, or simply another attack in the streaming wars? Tell Inside the Magic what you think in the comments below!



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