“Verizon has been banished from the Magic Kingdom,” reports Claire Atkinson, writing in the New York Post.
The report says Disney, which owns the most expensive cable channel in the pay-TV bundle in ESPN, has fired the latest salvo in the Battle of the Bundle, with its TV networks and radio stations refusing to run ads for the new Verizon FiOS Custom TV service.
The service, which features a “skinny bundle” of core channels starting at $55 a month, is being called a bundle buster.
A Verizon spokesman is quoted in the piece with this response to the Disney position: “This happens to be anti-competitive. The consumers are happy with the product, and we believe we’re allowed to launch it.”
NBCUniversal and Fox, along with ESPN, have argued that the Verizon plan is in violation of their agreements.
ESPN did not return a request for a comment for the story.