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Disney and Comcast Reach Long-Term Distribution Agreement

by Brandon Russell | January 4, 2012January 4, 2012 4:00 pm PDT

Disney ComcastA new distribution agreement has been reached between Comcast and the Walt Disney Company that will see content delivered to Xfinity TV customers through television, online and mobile device portals. The partnership will allow Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers to watch channels like ESPN, ABC and Disney live or on demand across multiple screens. In addition, Comcast will launch Disney Junior, a 24-hour basic channel aimed at younger audiences.

“This landmark deal is a great example of what can be achieved when programmers and distributors collaborate and innovate together to meet the ever-evolving needs of consumers and enhance the viewing experience. By combining the best news, sports and entertainment content available today with cutting-edge technologies, we’re able to fully realize our comprehensive TV+ initiative, and introduce a brand new suite of authenticated services to Comcast subscribers,” said Anne Sweeney, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group.

The deal was reached as a result of the two companies’ mutual goal of content delivery through innovative technology and cloud integration. The two hinted there are future plans to create new viewing experiences for Xfinity TV customers, where 70 services will be covered by the partnership.

According to Disney, the networks and services covered will include: ABC, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN 3D, ESPN GamePlan, ESPN FullCourt and ESPN3; retransmission consent for seven ABC-owned broadcast television stations (WABC-TV New York, WLS-TV Chicago, WPVI-TV Philadelphia, KGO-TV San Francisco, KTRK-TV Houston, KTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham, and KFSN-TV Fresno) as well as more than 10 high-definition networks.

“Given the scope of assets Comcast and Disney/ABC/ESPN are making available to consumers, this agreement is unprecedented in our industry. It reinforces the value of the multichannel subscription and takes full advantage of new technologies, which serve all of our viewers,” said George Bodenheimer, executive chairman of ESPN.

In a market where content is king, this is great news for Xfinity TV customers. With video-on-demand services and mobile device integration, there certainly won’t be a shortage of television to watch, wherever you are.

(Thanks Roy)


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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