Charter draws up Disney distribution deal
Editor | 02-01-2013

In a deal encompassing sports, news and entertainment content, Charter Communications has signed a long-term distribution agreement with The Walt Disney Company.

As part of the new multi-year renewal agreement, which the parties claim will support their “mutual goal to deliver the best video content to customers across multiple platforms”, the House of Mouse’s content will be available to customers of the fourth-largest US cable operator on TVs as well computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected TV.

Overall approximately 70 services are covered by the agreement including ABC, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN channels including ESPN Deportes, the Longhorn Network and retransmission consent for local TV stations. It also encompasses an expanded rights package for video on demand (VOD) content to Charter TV customers. In addition, the two parties say that they will also introduce several new services, including authenticated WATCH products, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater and, notably, the upcoming ABC News/Univision Joint Venture, a 24/7 news, information and lifestyle multi-platform network reaching out among others to the increasingly important bilingual Hispanic demographic.

“This agreement enables us to offer our customers additional value, choice and convenience,” asserted Allan Singer, Charter’s Senior Vice President, Programming. “More and more content is being enjoyed on tablets and other Internet-connected devices, and today’s viewers are sharing their TV experiences in new ways. Our agreement with Disney enables more robust ways to enjoy and socialise TV.”

“Our agreement with Charter represents the sixth top ten distributor renewal encompassing Disney’s full suite of products and services,” added David Preschlack, executive vice president, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Disney & ESPN Networks Group, With this deal, Charter’s video customers will derive even greater benefit from the value of their multichannel subscription model, including 24/7 live access to our content via the WATCH Disney services and WatchESPN across more platforms than ever before, as well as other new and advanced services.”