Disney/ABC Television Group, ESPN expand content deal


The Disney/ABC Television Group, ESPN and Verizon announced a comprehensive portfolio of news, entertainment and sports video programming, including full-length episodes of shows from ABC Entertainment, ABC News and Disney Channel, as well as content from ESPN, will be available to Verizon Wireless V CAST Video and Mobile Web customers.

The agreement covers mobile distribution of on-demand, full-length episodes to V CAST Video, complementing existing short-form content currently available from ABC and ESPN. Full-length programs will include:

  —  ABC Entertainment:  "Desperate Housewives," "Grey’s Anatomy," "Lost"
      and "Ugly Betty"
  —  ABC News:  "Nightline," "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," "World
      News with Charles Gibson" and "20/20"
  —  Disney Channel:  "Hannah Montana," "The Suite Life on Deck" and
      "Phineas and Ferb"

Full episodes of these programs will be available on demand on V CAST Video the day following their television premiere. Verizon Wireless customers will now also be able to access and view expanded programming from ESPN, including short news clips and other sports-related content. As part of this agreement, Verizon customers will also have easy access to a variety of ESPN’s and Disney/ABC Television Group’s mobile Web sites.