Disney, TWC Make Carriage Fight Public
Unless an agreement is reached before the Sept. 2 deadline, sports fans won't see "SportsCenter," disappointed kids missing out on "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody," and stay-at-home moms miffed at their inability to tune in "The View." And the fight is unfolding on the Net. Disney launched a site IHaveChoices.com, which seeks to give consumers "the facts" about how they could be affected should the two sides be unable to strike a new agreement by Sept. 2. Disney is responding to Time Warner Cable's decision to restart RollOverOrGetTough.com, a website that seeks to win support with consumers
This is the earliest I've seen companies involved in carriage negotiations start campaigning, notes Deadline.com, a possible indication that the battle will be tough. For now, the two sides are actively talking with no signs of impasse. But they have checkered past and the issue of retransmission consent fees for broadcast stations' signal is a thorny one.