ESPN is still on DIRECTV, U-verse and AT&T TV Now as of 5 a.m. ET on Saturday, but it’s unclear for how much longer.
Update: It appears on Sunday morning (September 15) that a deal is done. See TVAnswerman.com for more information.
AT&T and Disney are locked in a carriage battle that threatens to blackout all Disney-owned channels on the three AT&T-owned services. The list includes ESPN, the SEC Network, ABC in select markets, the new ACC Network, the Longhorn Network, Freeform, the Disney Channel and Disney Jr.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last night that the deadline for a new agreement between AT&T and Disney was 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday, but that the companies continued to negotiated throughout the night.
The prospect of a blackout has DIRECTV subscribers worried, particularly sports fans who could miss ESPN’s coverage of college and NFL football.
“It’s 2:50 AM and I still have ESPN with DirectTV… Hopefully they are able to come to an agreement cause I will be switching to @YouTubeTV in the morning if not @DIRECTV,” tweeted @DawgBites15 this morning.
“We want to keep Disney channels in your lineup…We appreciate your patience while we work this out with Disney,” DIRECTV’s Twitter customer service team tweeted shortly after midnight.
The TV Answer Man will update this story as we get more information.
— Phillip Swann