Zattoo takes ABC News Now

IPTV company to distribute channel across Europe

ABC News and Disney ABC Intl. Television have inked with fledgling Swiss-American IPTV combo, Zattoo, to distribute the ABC News Now channel in Germany, Spain and Belgium.

Other territories, including the U.K., could be signed up in the next six months.

ABC News Now is a 24-hour news and information network available to nearly 34 million users across cable, broadband and mobile platforms.

Zattoo, based in Michigan and Zurich, Switzerland, was founded in 2005 by Sugih Jamin, professor for computer science at U. of Michigan, and Beat Knecht, a software marketing professional.

The service, providing free TV channels via computers, is available in Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Denmark and Belgium, but expansion plans are under way.

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