The new multiyear distribution pact with the National Cable Television Cooperative looks a lot like Disney‘s recent deals with large pay TV distributors: The more than 950 firms that NCTC represents will be able to offer the entertainment giant’s VOD services as well as digitally delivered Watch sites and apps for ABC, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD and ESPN. They offer live and on-demand programming both in and out of home for computers, gaming consoles, mobile and streaming devices.
In addition, systems will pick up Fusion (the Hispanic network from ABC and Univision) and several sports channels including SEC Network (which launches on August 14), the upcoming Longhorn Network, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater and ESPN Bases Loaded.
The change helps “strengthen the long-term partnership and enhances the value the agreement brings to members,” says NCTC EVP Programming Judy Meyka.
NCTC members will continue to carry ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic and ESPN3.