Spectrum cable customers can’t watch Disney’s channels. Now what?

Robin Layton

Sep 6, 2023 — 2 min read

You have options to catch your favorite shows … and the start of the NFL season.

3 adults in front of TV watching football.

If you’re one of the nearly 15 million Spectrum cable customers, you’ll have noticed by now that you can no longer watch Disney-owned channels like ABC, Nat Geo, FX Movie Channel and ESPN. 

Basically, Spectrum and Disney are in a pricing dispute that culminated with Disney shutting off channel access to Spectrum customers on Sept. 1. 

“The rising cost of programming is the single greatest factor in higher cable TV prices. We are fighting hard to hold the line against increased programming rates that Disney continues to demand,” stated Charter Communications, Spectrum’s parent company. 

The blackout shut off access to Disney-owned channels like ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ESPNU, ESPN News, SEC Network, ACC Network, Longhorn Network, FX, FX Movie Channel, FXX, Freeform, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, BabyTV and ABC. It also includes on-demand programming and these local ABC stations: ABC7 Chicago, ABC7 Los Angeles, ABC7 New York, ABC7 San Francisco, ABC11 Raleigh-Durham, ABC13 Houston and ABC30 Fresno.

These rate disputes are fairly common, with a settlement being reached – eventually. But with NFL season right around the corner, will you miss the kickoff? Well, you do have some options, but unfortunately, they require some investment beyond your monthly cable bill. 

How not to miss your shows or NFL games during the Spectrum and Disney standoff:

Check out Allconnect’s News hub for more articles like “Streaming vs. cable” to help you find the right entertainment option to fit your needs.

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Robin Layton

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Robin Layton

Editor, Broadband Content

Robin Layton is an editor for the broadband marketplace Allconnect. She built her internet industry expertise writing and editing for four years on the site, as well as on Allconnect’s sister site MYMOVE.com. … Read more