Time Warner Cable, Disney Continue To Negotiate As Contract Expires


Executives at Time Warner Cable and The Walt Disney Co. continued to negotiate Thursday morning, with all programming remaining on the No. 2 cable operator's air.
The carriage contract was set to expire at 12:01 on Sept. 2. As of 6 a.m. on Thursday, a spokeswoman for the No. 2 cable operator indicated that the parties were still immersed in discussions.
Over the last weekend, the parties reported that they had made "significant progress" and the focus was on a "successful conclusion" to their contract negotiations.
Officials from both companies continued to refer to those remarks and expressed similar sentiments through Wednesday.
The comprehensive renewal discussions cover retransmission-consent for five ABC-owned TV stations; pricing for top tier cable networks as ESPN and Disney Channel; the launch of the Disney Jr., the preschool network set to launch next year on the distribution backbone of SoapNet; and broadband portal ESPN3.com securing a berth on the MSO's Roadrunner ISP, among other properties.