More and more content is being enjoyed on tablets and other Internet-connected devices, and today's viewers are sharing their TV experiences in many new ways. Entertainment and media enterprise, The Walt Disney (News - Alert) Company, signed a new comprehensive multiyear distribution agreement with Charter Communications, a provider of broadband communications cable services in the United States, to enable more robust ways to enjoy and socialize TV.
The agreement is to deliver Disney's line of sports, news and entertainment content to Charter TV customers across televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and Internet-enabled televisions.
Both companies plan to launch the agreed contents across these new distribution platforms beginning the first half of 2013.
"Our agreement with Charter represents the sixth top-10 distributor renewal encompassing Disney's full suite of products and services. With this deal, Charter's video customers will derive even greater benefit from the value of their multichannel subscription model, including 24/7 live access to our content via the WATCH Disney services and WatchESPN across more platforms than ever before, as well as other new and advanced services," David Preschlack, executive vice president, affiliate sales and marketing, Disney & ESPN (News - Alert) Networks Group, said in a statement.
As part of the agreement, Charter and Walt Disney will also introduce several new services, including the full suite of authenticated WATCH products, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, as well as the upcoming ABC News/Univision Joint Venture, a 24/7 news, information and lifestyle multi-platform network for English-dominant and bilingual Hispanics, the youngest and fastest-growing demographic in the U.S.
The agreement covers approximately 70 services, including: ABC, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN 3D, ESPN GamePlan, ESPN Full Court, ESPN3, The Longhorn Network, and retransmission consent for WABC-TV, KABC-TV, WLS-TV, KGO-TV, KTRK-TV, WTVD-TV and KFSN-TV, as well as more than 10 high-definition networks.
"This agreement enables us to offer our customers additional value, choice and convenience," said Allan Singer, Charter's senior vice president, Programming.
Charter 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 (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater).
These products are believed to give Charter customers more opportunities to access live and video on demand content, both in-home and out-of-home, on their computers, smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles.
On a similar note, The Walt Disney Company and Netflix, Inc. have announced a new multiyear licensing agreement to make Netflix the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run live-action and animated feature films from Walt Disney Studios.
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Edited by Braden Becker