Disney's ESPN unfazed by competition

|By:, SA News Editor

Disney's (DIS +1.2%) ESPN reportedly has contracts in place to boost carriage fees to up to as high as $7.00 per month for each subscriber.

The figure is a significant jump from the network's industry-leading carriage rate of $5.54/subscriber and an indication that the increased focus of CBS and NBC on their sports-only networks hasn't cut into ESPN's leverage.

What to watch: Disney reports earnings next Tuesday. While the amount the company decides to book as a loss on The Lone Ranger will grab the spotlight, comments by execs on new deals for ESPN and ABC could help set the tone on earnings estimates for 2014.