Disney's ESPN unfazed by competition

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.

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  • wigit5
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    Wonder if the Lone Ranger loss will create a buying opportunity... DIS chart looks like it can do no wrong and holding it long term seems to be the thing to do...
    2 Aug 2013, 12:44 PM Reply Like
  • James Sands
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    Maybe Fox's new foray into the sports area will provide a dent....


    Personally my opinion is that long-term, ESPN will eventually face shifts from major content owning media properties such as NBA.com, NFL.com, etc. 2020 and beyond is going to start shaping up differently once contract agreements begin to expire.
    2 Aug 2013, 12:46 PM Reply Like
  • labas112
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    I couldn't agree more. I have already switched off ESPN. The channel is clearly not the same as it was 5 - 10 years ago. The suits are involved too much now.
    2 Aug 2013, 04:09 PM Reply Like
  • Drew Robertson
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    $7.00? Where is the outrage?
    2 Aug 2013, 01:06 PM Reply Like
  • User 9189671
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    People love their live sports
    2 Aug 2013, 02:19 PM Reply Like
  • DISinvestor
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    "People will love their live sport"...


    as long as it remains the sport they know and love.


    As to the future of the Sport, It's NOT about ESPN or NBC or CBS, it's about "if", the Sport ITSELF is something that's interesting to watch.


    I am talking about new rules about grabbing the helmet, and the Gangsta-ization of the Sports.


    Look what happened to "professional boxing", for what it happening to Sports like baseball and football, with all of the "enhanced" chemicals being used, without ANY serious punishments.'


    Alex Hernadez is NOT a fluke !






    Offseason arrests in NFL up 75 percent from last year
    4:37 PM 07/08/2013




    By all recent trends, these so called professiona sports are going by the way of the WWE, and it's something that won't be "family oriented" anymore !
    3 Aug 2013, 05:04 AM Reply Like
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