Disney Re-ups with Sony PlayStation Vue

The Walt Disney Company announced a renewal of its carriage deal with Sony PlayStation Vue.

The agreement, terms of which were not disclosed, includes sports channels ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPN College Extra, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded, SEC Network, ACC Network and Longhorn Network. ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD and Freeform are also included.

The new agreement also puts channels added to the Disney fold amid the company’s Fox acquisition under the Mouse umbrella—FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Life, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo Mundo.

“PlayStation Vue delivers a television viewing experience through a seamless user interface that focuses on personalization, and that is an attractive offering as consumers navigate their video options,” said Sean Breen, senior VP of Disney Media Distribution, in a statement.

Now the big question: Will Sony raise the price of its vMVPD again, following a renewal deal that was likely more expensive the second time around.

Currently, Sony is charging $50 a month for a base Cue package that includes 49 channels, including ESPN, ESPN 2, FX and FXX.

Notably, Vue launched in 2014 without Disney and ESPN in the fold. Sony hasn’t released a subscriber number for its service. In May, eMarketer suggested the service had around 1 million users. 

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