Deal includes several new services
Cablevision and Walt Disney have inked a comprehensive, multi-year distribution deal that includes new services like authenticated WATCH products, ESPN3 and ESPN 3D and the upcoming ABC News/Univision network aimed at bilingual Hispanics.The 70 services in the pact announced Thursday also cover ABC, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN GamePlan, ESPN FullCourt and Longhorn Network, as well as retransmission consent for WABC-TV and WPVI-TV, and more than 10 high-definition networks. Cablevision customers will receive broad access to existing authenticated products like WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney XD and WATCH Disney Junior, the to-be-launched WATCH ABC and WATCH ABC Family services and WatchESPN. Pact also provide for expanded on-demand content through Disney’s comprehensive TV+ initiative. “This significant agreement ensures that our customers will continue to have access to dozens (of networks) for years to come and, for the first time, they will be able to enjoy Disney and ESPN programming outside the home,” said Cablevision CEO James Dolan. “With our robust and ever-growing multi-platform content offerings, we’re pleased to be able to expand our relationship with Cablevision,” said Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group.