NCTC signs retrans deal for ABC stations, ESPN
DetailsMichelle Clancy | 31 December 2014
The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) has inked a broadcast retransmission agreement with Disney in a deal that covers eight ABC TV affiliates in various markets.
NCTC, which represents hundreds of small cable systems in the Midwest, will offer access to WABC-TV in New York City, KABC-TV in Los Angeles, WLS-TV in Chicago, WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, KGO-TV in San Francisco, WTVD-TV in Raleigh-Durham, KTRK-TV in Houston and KFSN-TV in Fresno, California.
The deal also includes pay-TV and TV everywhere rights as well as ESPN feeds.
"We are pleased to have reached, for the first time, a retransmission consent agreement with the Walt Disney Company that supports our members' efforts to competitively offer their customers the ABC owned broadcast station programming in these critical television markets," said Judy Meyka, NCTC executive vice president of programming.
"We are pleased for the first time ever to work with NCTC to expand our long relationship to now include an agreement for retransmission consent for the eight ABC-owned broadcast stations," added David Preschlack, executive vice president for affiliate sales and marketing at Disney & ESPN Networks. "NCTC and its members clearly value the important role our highly-rated ABC stations play in their local communities, and we look forward to providing compelling and meaningful content for their customers."