Negotiations for Time Warner Cable to renew rights to ESPN may be delayed by demands from ESPN’s parent, Walt Disney, for money for ESPN3.com, Bloomberg News reports.
Disney wants Time Warner Cable to pay 10 cents per month per customer for the site, a demand which Time Warner Cable is resisting, the story says. ESPN3.com, formerly called ESPN360, carries 3,500 live events annually and airs programming that’s not available on TV.
If ESPN strikes a deal for the Website, it would add more than 9 million paying customers for ESPN3.com.
Time Warner Cable is currently negotiating pricing for Disney’s cable networks such as the Disney Channel and ABC Family, as well as ABC’s broadcast stations New York, Los Angeles and Raleigh, North Carolina for a contract that expires Sept. 1, the article says.