Who won? Who lost?
Time Warner Cable says it is its customers who won.
Customers/users/viewers of TWC found this email this morning:
"To Our Valued Customers..."Time Warner Cable is always negotiating new deals with TV networks. Recently, we reached a new long-term agreement with Disney/ABC and ESPN, so you can continue to watch your favorite channels and the shows you love for years to come."There will be no interruption of ESPN or Disney channels, as well as WABC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, WTVD in Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville and WTVG in Toledo. They'll stay right here on Time Warner Cable. In fact, our agreement means more networks and services for you, including the following*:"Disney Junior - a new 24-hour basic channel for preschool-age children, parents and caregivers launching in 2012."ESPN3.com - ESPN's live sports broadband network will be available to all Time Warner Cable subscribers who get ESPN."A New ESPN Service - customers will be able to view ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU through broadband and mobile Internet devices."ESPN Goal Line - a college football super-highlight channel will be available only to Time Warner Cable’s Sports Pass customers starting as early as September 4, 2010."ESPN Buzzer Beater - a college basketball service similar to ESPN Goal Line, will be available to Time Warner Cable’s Sports Pass customers for college basketball season."Expanded Video On Demand Services - including ABC On Demand, Disney-branded On Demand offerings for kids, local sports content in select markets, plus the subscription Video On Demand service "Disney Family Movies.""Start Over and Look Back - featured on a variety of Disney Media Networks content."ESPN Deportes - will be available to a larger Time Warner Cable footprint."ESPN 3D"
And so ends the latest TWC drama. There will be more, to be sure.
It will be interesting to see the roll-out of these newly announced features and what they will cost. I'm thinking that they will not be free.
(c) Jim McNabb, 2010