The Walt Disney Co. has reached a comprehensive, multiplatform renewal agreement with the National Telco Television Consortium.
Under the expanded pact, financial terms of which were not disclosed, National Telco Television Consortium members will be able to provide an array of sports, news and entertainment fare to their subscribers across TVs, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected devices.
Through this master agreement, NTTC members can opt into the Disney services provided that they meet compliance requirements included in the deal with each programmer across their channel lineups.
As part of the new multiyear deal, the NTTC will introduce several new services, including the full suite of Disney’s authenticated WATCH products, the upcoming SEC Network, Longhorn Network, ad hoc scoring and highlight services ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater and video-on-demand products. NTTC members will continue to offer ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN3 and Fusion, the joint venture service with Univision, to its members across the country.
NTTC members’ customers will receive broad TV Everywhere access to extant authenticated products like WATCH ABC authenticated on-demand content, WATCH ABC Family, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Junior, WATCH Disney XD and WatchESPN (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater) through the networks’ own WATCH sites and apps
“The entire suite of Disney and ESPN services are a mainstay in our members’ video offerings. With all of the new additions including the highly sought after SEC Network, Longhorn Network, WATCH services, increased HD and specialty programming like ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater, we are confident that our members are positioned to continue to be highly competitive in their respective markets across the United States,” said Kevin Kenworthy, executive vice president of programming at NTTC.
Noted David Preschlack executive vice president of affiliate sales and marketing, Disney & ESPN Networks Group: “We continue to work with a variety of distribution partners to deliver quality content and services that add value to the multichannel video subscription. With this new multi-year renewal deal, not only will the customers of the NTTC member companies be able to access our content anytime, anywhere across any device with our WATCH products, but they will also receive a slate of new services including video-on-demand, Fusion, Longhorn Network, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater and the upcoming, highly anticipated SEC Network debut on August 14.”
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