Disney Could Lose Billions More After Fallout Goes Wrong

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The Walt Disney Company, often simply referred to as Disney, is one of the world’s most iconic and influential entertainment businesses. The Walt Disney Company was founded in 1923 by Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney, and the company has played a pivotal role in shaping the global entertainment industry.

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Disney was initially founded as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, with its first success being the creation of the beloved character Mickey Mouse in 1928. This is where the famous quote “It all started with a mouse” comes from as Mickey Mouse was the start of the Walt Disney Company. When the Disney Company released the first feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, it marked a significant milestone in the history of animation and cinema.

Over the years, Disney has grown. Walt Disney Studios owns and operates several television networks, including ABC, ESPN, Disney Channel, and National Geographic. Disney has several film studios, including Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 20th Century Studios. These studios have produced countless blockbuster movies and franchises that fans have grown to love. Disney made a significant move into the streaming market with Disney + placing movies, shows and much more for fans to watch.

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Currently, The Walt Disney Company is dealing with failure to reach and deal with Charter/ Spectrum, a major cable and internet provider. During this failed deal with Spectrum, Disney removed all Disney-owned networks on Spectrum. Spectrum users no longer have access to ESPN and other Disney-owned networks, such as ABC and the Disney Channel.

CordcutterNews reported that Disney currently receives approximately $9 per month from each cable TV customer for its ESPN channel. With the recent loss of 14,000,000 customers, ESPN now faces a significant financial challenge, leaving a substantial budget deficit exceeding $126 million. This predicament has arisen at a time when ESPN is actively seeking cost-cutting measures. Consequently, Disney may be compelled to explore innovative strategies to generate additional revenue.

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Should Disney fail to reach an agreement with Spectrum, the consequences could be even more severe, resulting in an estimated annual revenue loss of over $1.4 billion for ESPN. To put it into perspective, this translates to approximately $4 million in lost revenue daily. Spectrum currently pays Disney a substantial annual programming fee of $2.2 billion. This underscores the importance of securing stable partnerships and revenue streams in the dynamic and competitive world of media and entertainment.

Will Disney and Spectrum come to an agreements? Customers are hoping they will. Are you one of these customers who watched ESPN go dark? Did you end up dropping Spectrum?

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.