Disney, TWC still working on carriage deal

Firm's programming stays on air as previous pact expires

NEW YORK -- Walt Disney and Time Warner Cable continued working on a new carriage agreement for ABC, ESPN and other Disney cable networks even as their previous arrangement expired as of 12:01 a.m. EST on Thursday.

Disney programming remained on the air in a sign that the two industry giants were focused on wrapping up a deal.

"Both sides are still talking, and the programming is still on the air," officials on both sides said.

Indeed, in the TW Cable system here, no Disney networks went off the air after midnight, and programming continued early Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, Crown Media's Hallmark Channels and AT&T U-verse had not resumed negotiations about the telecom giant's carriage of the Hallmark networks, which went off the air as of the start of Wednesday.

A Hallmark spokeswoman said A&T hasn't yet responded to her firm's latest proposal.
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