Where Charter Spectrum customers can watch ESPN and Disney
If you’re a Charter Spectrum customer trying to access channels including ABC, ESPN and the Disney Channel, you’ve seen the blue screen and QR code pop up instead of your normal programming. The code links to a landing page that talks about Walt Disney’s decision to pull programming from the cable TV provider.
Starting September 1, The Walt Disney Company pulled its channels, including ESPN and ABC stations, from Charter Communications’ Spectrum pay-TV — a direct result of the escalating dispute over fees that could eventually change how viewers access televised entertainment.
“The current video ecosystem is broken,” Charter Communications said in a statement.
“With The Walt Disney Company, we have proposed a model that creates better industry alignment and better choices for our customers,” the statement read. “Hopefully we can find a way forward.”
The dispute affects more than 5 million customers in California, one-third of all Charter Spectrum customers nationwide.
It especially lightens the mood for sports fans preparing for the start of the NFL season and families wanting children’s programming.
While waiting for the deadlock to be resolved, there are other ways to access these channels.
Where can I watch sports and other Walt Disney programs?
If you want to continue with your local TV provider, your options include Cox, DirectTV, and Dish. Each provider has different packages, and basic plans include some of Disney’s proprietary software.
- Cox offers packages starting at $56 per month; Its second plan, at $99 per month, includes ESPN. Cox’s TV services are free, but include a 24-month service agreement that allows you to make changes or cancel within the first 39 days of service.
- DirecTV allows you to connect to its service using an internet connection or a satellite dish. To subscribe using an existing Internet connection, packages start at $64.99 per month plus fees – this package includes ESPN, FX, and Disney Channel. DirecTV has a 24-month programming commitment for new customers upon activation of its services.
- Dish TV requires satellite dish, and packages start at $79.99 per month for 190 channels. All Dish services come with a two-year commitment and early termination fee.
Consumers ready to ditch their cable providers can turn to streaming services that connect to their smart TV or a connected device like Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or Apple TV.
DirecTV Stream, YouTube TV, Sling TV and Fubo TV services offer live sports and news, plus kids and family entertainment from ABC, ESPN, Disney-branded channels, Freeform and FX Networks. and National Geographic Channels.
ABC owned television stations are also available over the air at no cost to the customer.
- YouTube TV costs $72.99 per month. It offers more than 100 live and local channels. For an additional cost, customers have access to a bundled NFL Sunday Ticket or NFL Sunday Ticket and NFL RedZone. A Sunday pass is a $349 per-season add-on. Bundle that includes Sunday Ticket and NFL RedZone is $389 per season. YouTube TV is offering a discounted promotion for both add-ons; Each add-on has a payment plan option.
- Sling TV, a subscription/app-based service, offers deals starting at $20 per month. The basic package includes 32 channels – including ESPN, Disney Channel, Freeform and live local channels. Families interested in adding channels like Disney Junior (and five other related channels) can do so for an additional $6.
- Fubo offers 176 channels including Disney Channel and ESPN for a basic package of $74.99 (additional taxes and fees may apply).
And in Disney’s latest update on the saga of negotiations, it said that Hulu + Live TV — Disney owns a majority stake in Hulu — is another option for accessing its programming.
The streaming service, which includes Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+ plus 90 live channels, costs $69.99 per month. Offer does not come with binding contract.