Carriage disputes come, and carriage disputes go—but this presently unfolding, highly public fracas between Disney and Charter has the inklings of a truly transformational moment for both the linear and streaming landscapes, alike. Tonight, my exchanges with insiders on which way the winds are blowing.
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Last Thursday, as I went to turn on ESPN2 to catch my nightly fix of U.S. Open tennis, I received a text from a Puck colleague bemoaning the fact that his plans to watch college football on ESPN had been foiled by a new carriage dispute between Disney and Charter Spectrum, the cable TV operator that serves as the primary provider for both the Los Angeles and New York City media markets.
As I stood there registering his grievance, I looked up to find that...
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