The cat and mouse game between television networks and cable and satellite operators has never been more pronounced. With multi-network conglomerates and these distributors doing battle very publicly, consumers often get caught in the middle (many of them saying the heck with it and cutting the cord to move exclusively to streaming platforms). We've seen many notable disputes including Time Warner vs NFL Network (finally resolved after a decade), Dish vs AMC, and even the current Weather Channel v DirecTV feud.
Over the years satellite giant Dish Network has been particularly tough in these negotiations, and particularly with ESPN. The two sides have even gone to court over rights fees and costs. However, Dish and ESPN are turning over a new leaf with a groundbreaking deal that is a major, major development in the sports world.
Dish reached a wide-ranging agreement with Disney that not only settled standing litigation, but also makes all the networks of ESPN available to Dish consumers. This includes the SEC Network, which launches this August, and the Longhorn Network.no comments