In the first major renewal deal for Disney since it announced three new streaming services earlier this year, Charter and Disney reached a multiyear carriage agreement, avoiding a blackout, CNBC reports.
“Charter has agreed to carry the ACC Network, a new network in the ESPN family, as part of the deal, according to a joint statement from the companies,” CNBC reports. “Charter is also planning to integrate ESPN+, Hulu and Disney+ into its set-top boxes to give pay-TV subscribers more seamless access to that programming, assuming they’re also subscribers to the Disney streaming services, according to people familiar with the matter.”
Disney+ is scheduled to bow Nov. 12.
CNBC adds: “While it was unlikely Charter would risk blacking out ESPN, the most expensive cable network, a deal may put pressure on other pay-TV distributors, such as Comcast, Dish and Cox, to include the ACC Network in [their] cable packages. The ACC Network will carry college football and basketball games, including defending college football national champion Clemson’s opening game against Georgia Tech on Aug. 29. The network officially launches on Aug. 22.”