It's been a frustrating Labor Day weekend for millions of Spectrum cable subscribers, with ESPN and other Disney-owned channels like ABC blacked out due to a dispute between Spectrum's parent company, Charter Communications, and Disney Entertainment.
Disney has released an official statement expressing hope that Charter will engage in conversations that restore access to Disney content for Spectrum customers as quickly as possible. In the meantime, Disney is directing frustrated viewers to alternative sources.
One of these is Hulu + Live TV. For $69.99 a month, the service offers more than 90 live channels encompassing sports, news, and entertainment. There's no contract, no cable box, and no wait time to subscribe. Hulu + Live TV also includes Hulu’s extensive library of exclusive TV shows and films, ad-supported Disney+ and ESPN+ all in one plan, and unlimited DVR, allowing content storage for up to nine months.
Disney’s networks and stations are also available on other streaming services such as DIRECTV Stream, YouTube TV, Sling, and Fubo. These services grant access to Disney’s portfolio of networks including live sports and news coverage, plus kids, family and general entertainment programming from the ABC Owned Television Stations, the ESPN networks, the Disney-branded channels, Freeform, the FX networks and the National Geographic channels. Notably, the ABC Owned Television Stations are always available over the air at no cost to the consumer.
Despite the ongoing dispute, it's clear that consumers have many other choices—such as Hulu + Live TV—that allow them to enjoy the exceptional programming for which Disney Entertainment is known. It seems that Disney has turned this dispute into a marketing opportunity for Hulu and live TV, cleverly leveraging the situation to their advantage.