With only hours to go for Disney and Verizon to strike up a deal, fans of General Hospital could end up losing access to the soap opera. And, it’s not just General Hospital. The viewers would not be able to see Monday Night Football, Raven’s home, The Conner’s, and all access to Disney Channel, ESPN, and their local ABC station. It would be very upsetting for those affected.
With nearly five million TV subscribers and six million internet subscribers, Verizon FiOS is knee-deep in a dispute with the Walt Disney Company in large TV markets such as New York City and Miami.
According to Soap Opera Network, the battle is about hundreds of millions of dollars the entertainment giant (Disney) wants to charge for additional transmission fees. It is a fee that Verizon is refusing to pay.
In a statement released last week. Verizon alerted their subscribers that their deal with Disney was about to expire. They claimed they had given Disney enough time to respond and with a great offer so they could continue to provide access to its networks. And, they admitted that as of that day, Disney has failed to meet an agreement and there is a possibility they will not be able to reach an agreement.
Verizon revealed, “Disney is also demanding we include, and pay for, another regional sports channel, the ACC Network, in order to continue bringing you all the other Disney and ESPN networks we do today. The rising cost of programming is the biggest factor in higher TV bills and we are standing up to networks like Disney, refusing to accept these huge increases.”
Disney Releases A Statement
Disney has not been quiet about their stance, either. They released a statement, revealing that they feel their brand of entertainment is worth the money. They added they hope to reach an agreement soon.
“Our proven history of providing extraordinary value to consumers and distributors is unmatched. Our negotiations continue in earnest and we remain optimistic that we can reach a deal,” ABC spokesperson stated.
If they cannot reach a deal, customers in South Florida, New York, Philadelphia, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Providence, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington D.C. will lose access to Disney owned networks.
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