According to Deadline, Disney stations such as ABC, ESPN, FX, and Disney Channel are now available on Dish and Sling TV after the two parties reached a tentative agreement.
Due to a carriage dispute, 17 Disney channels were removed from the services on Friday, October 1st.
“We have reached a handshake agreement with Dish/Sling TV, which properly reflects fair market value and terms for The Walt Disney Company’s… content,” a Disney spokesperson said in a statement.
“As a result, we are pleased to restore our portfolio of networks on a temporary basis while both parties work to finalize a new deal.”
Dish had accused Disney of holding “viewers hostage for negotiation leverage, claiming that it wanted to include ESPN and ESPN2 into non-sports packages.”
Disney was accused by Dish of holding “viewers hostage for bargaining leverage, claiming that it wanted to include ESPN and ESPN2 in non-sports packages.”
“After months of negotiating in good faith, Dish has declined to reach a fair, market-based agreement with us for continued distribution of our networks,” the company told Variety in a statement on Friday.
Last December, Disney channels vanished from YouTube TV due to a similar dispute, but reappeared just a day later.
Meanwhile, HBO and Cinemax disappeared from Dish in 2018, only to reappear last year (along with HBO Max).
According to Statista, Dish and Sling TV had around 10 million US subscribers combined as of Q2 2022.