Sling and Dish Network Drop ESPN and All Other Walt Disney Channels

I don't know how many of y'all use Sling or Dish Network, but they dropped all of the ESPN channels in the middle of the night.

So, the people who use Sling or Dish Network and enjoy their college football on Saturday probably won't be able to see the games on ABC or any ESPN network. There will be some angry people when they wake up and see what's happening here. If that includes you, I'm sorry! Not sure who's at fault here (Sling/DISH or Disney), but hopefully this gets resolved in a timely manner? Dropping the ESPN family of networks hours before a college football Saturday with no notice is wild.

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Same thing happened with YouTubeTV last year or the year before. They got it resolved in less than 48 hours.

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So then they need to drop it on Wednesday and not the the day of. I'm a sling subscriber and I am furious

Edit: words.

"The Big Ten is always using excuses to cancel games with us. First Wisconsin. Then Wisconsin. After that, Wisconsin. The subsequent cancellation with Wisconsin comes to mind too. Now Penn State. What's next? Wisconsin?" -HorseOnATreadmill

It's a negotiation tactic by espn. Start a free trial of YouTube tv for today. Cancel after the weekend.

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Is that because ESPN is getting paid more by YouTube? So sounds like Disney wants Sling to pay what YouTube is and Sling told them to pound sand?

"The Big Ten is always using excuses to cancel games with us. First Wisconsin. Then Wisconsin. After that, Wisconsin. The subsequent cancellation with Wisconsin comes to mind too. Now Penn State. What's next? Wisconsin?" -HorseOnATreadmill

Not necessarily... it's just the end of a contract between Disney & Sling. Sling wants to keep rates the same/lower, Disney probably wants to increase them. Not sure if it's more/less/the same as YouTubeTV.

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I see I see, apologies, I totally read your comment incorrectly. Yep looks like the trial of YouTubeTV is gonna have to be the way to go

"The Big Ten is always using excuses to cancel games with us. First Wisconsin. Then Wisconsin. After that, Wisconsin. The subsequent cancellation with Wisconsin comes to mind too. Now Penn State. What's next? Wisconsin?" -HorseOnATreadmill

This seems to be the SOP for Network-Streaming Service negotiations at this point.

Networks realize that without the hassle of contracts/equipment it is much easier for customers to bail from one Streaming provider to another.

Thus, they have propose very unfavorable renewals to the providers, wait until the current contract expires which puts tons of pressure on them and then come to some compromise when the service is worried about subscribers leaving.

Net result--higher prices for us all.

All of that is true, but I'd also point out that Dish has a reputation for this going back years and years even before streaming became as popular as it is now. Pretty sure they've had disputes with every major and minor network that's resulted in the temporary loss of channels.

Well that sucks for us Sling users who want to watch today's game. Recommendations for lowest priced option to get ACC network?

And thanks OP for the heads up. Would not have noticed until it was too late without your post!

You tube tv w sports option to get acc network. U get a trial period that is cheap. Can cancel any time.

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I've been to the last two games in person and was actually looking forward to watching but now I'm going to take this as a sign that I need a Saturday off. Guaranteed win by 20!

Thanks for the heads up. I'm a Sling customer (it was my cable-cutting compromise), so yeah, all of a sudden I can't watch today's game. I'll let you know around 7 whether I'm angry or grateful for that.

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Like Bar stated above, YouTubeTV is the way to go for today. I was able to sign up for a 21 day free trial

"The Big Ten is always using excuses to cancel games with us. First Wisconsin. Then Wisconsin. After that, Wisconsin. The subsequent cancellation with Wisconsin comes to mind too. Now Penn State. What's next? Wisconsin?" -HorseOnATreadmill

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It's a sign.... especially if you love sports

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I hate the subscription models and having to pick and choose buuuuut I've been pretty happy with a fubo and a Hulu/Disney/ESPN+ Bundle (the bundle is separate from fubo).

I tried sling and it was a terrible streaming product so I dropped it a month in.

I'm still figuring this out.

Do you get any local channels with Fubo? I have the hulu/disney/espn but miss local news and jeopardy.

I really don't watch it for that, but I do recall having the local news come on after a late cbs or nbc game. So I do believe you get your local channels

I'm still figuring this out.

It does vary with your location for local channel coverage. I get all the major local networks here in my location. I have been using Fubo for 2 years with no complaints.

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Sling user. I woke up real butthurt on Saturday. In retrospect I should have gone fishing.

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I'm pretty sure I saw a commercial referencing this during the middle of the VT game on Saturday. It was hard to say which side made the commercial, but it was like "the following providers have dropped ESPN and other Disney channels....visit website XYZ and sign today to show you want it back"

I know it had to be during the game, because that's the only time I watch "real" tv w/ commercials lol

FWIW, my Sling had the ESPN channels back to being available as of last night. So I'm guessing they worked out the new contract.

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And now the latest pissing match is between Verizon and Nexstar (who owns several local channels), possibly starting on 10/14:
https://www.verizon.com/support/residential/content-agreement-informatio...

Biggest effect on college football that I see on the list is that they own the ABC station in Richmond (channel 8). I'm not sure if the ABC games on the ESPN app require authentication.