The high-stakes carriage war between Disney and Altice is taking a holiday. With Yom Kippur beginning at sundown tonight and running through Saturday night, the companies agreed to extend their carriage agreement until 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 1, Deadline reports.
“Apart from that one agreement on timing, there are no signs of movement in a struggle that could leave 3.1 million subscribers to Altice’s Optimum cable service without access to ABC, ESPN and other Disney networks,” the story reports. “The positions each company has staked out are familiar ones in the annals of cable carriage fights. Altice complains that Disney is demanding unreasonable fee increases given the ratings slippage at ESPN; on its side, Disney has blasted Altice as a consumer-gouging operation, lining its own pockets and then crying poverty.”
As we reported earlier this week, both companies have released official statements pointing the finger at the other company. Deadline notes that the companies do not appear to have budged from those earlier statements.
Altice USA is the fourth-largest U.S. cable operator, with almost 5 million customers nationwide.