It’s a comprehensive long-term distribution agreement to deliver Disney’s lineup of networks to Charter TV customers across televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and iPTVs. The renewal begins in the first half of 2013.
As part of the new multi-year deal, The Longhorn Network will launch in Texas, Louisiana and Virginia systems by football season next year. Charter and 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 news, information and lifestyle multi-platform network for English-dominant and bilingual Hispanics.
In total, approximately 70 services are covered by the broad scope of this agreement 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 retrans consent for WABC-TV, KABC-TV, WLS-TV, KGO-TV, KTRK-TV, WTVD-TV and KFSN-TV, as well as more than 10 HD networks.
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).
The expanded rights package for VOD content includes: ABC On Demand, ABC Family On Demand, Disney-branded On Demand offerings including Disney Channel On Demand, Disney Junior On Demand, Disney XD On Demand and expanded On Demand content from ESPN, including award-winning original content from ESPN Films.