The lawsuit comes after Verizon unveiled new bundles that allow customers to choose specific packages of channels that can be swapped every 30 days.
A Verizon executive says the company has the legal right to repackage Disney's ESPN sports channel as part of its new initiative to offer consumers programming at reduced prices.
The Disney-owned ESPN says an a la carte subscription plan would violate contracts.
The move is further evidence of a potentially dramatic shift in the way television programming is being offered to customers.
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Cable TV bundles offer an absurd number of channels, and customers can't pay for only what they watch. This Funny or Die video shows how awful it would be if other services were bundled like cable.
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