Yup, problem here too. I don't watch ESPN very often, but when I do, it's important! Yesterday was trying to watch tennis - unwatchable! Then didn't realize that today's opening day Giants/Dodgers game was on ESPN. Started early, so recorded it. Came home and again...unwatchable! Now it's personal! Clicked through using remote through about half the game, then it completely disabled and won't even advance the recording...and trying to switch to live ESPN (game long over of course) won't even connect to the channel at all!
But NO...nothing to do with ESPN being owned by Disney and ABC! I never have problems with NBC affiliates!
Time to start looking at DirecTV again I guess.