DirecTV Tunes In ESPN, Disney/ABC ‘Watch’ Apps
DirecTV has joined the list of major U.S. MVPDs that is providing support to authenticated TV Everywhere apps from ESPN and Disney/ABC Television Group.
The launch, announced Thursday (February 19), comes about two months after DirecTV and The Walt Disney Co. struck a new multiyear carriage deal that included streaming and TVE rights, filling a major service provider gap in the Disney/ABC TVE rollout. DirecTV ended 2014 with 20.35 million U.S. subscribers.
DirecTV subs can now use their credentials stream content from the following apps: WATCH ABC, WATCH ABC Family, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Junior, WATCH Disney XD and WatchESPN.
DirecTV subs also have access to live feeds on ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD, and ABC (in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Fresno, Philadelphia and Raleigh-Durham). Live events are also available to DirecTV customers from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, Longhorn Network, SEC Network and SEC Network +. ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater will also be available on WatchESPN when those channels are in season.
Additionally, current episodes of ABC and ABC Family original series the day after they air online at ABC.com and ABCFamily.com or on smartphones and tablets via the WATCH ABC and WATCH ABC Family apps, and on-demand programming from Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD online at WATCHDisneyChannel.com, WATCHDisneyJunior.com and WATCHDisneyXD.com.
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