Investors will be looking for any signal about the growth prospects for ESPN later today when Disney reports September quarter earnings and talks to analysts. So it’s probably no coincidence that the company used this morning to disclose that Disney-owned ABC stations and cable channels including ESPN Media Networks will be distributed on Sony’s PlayStation Vue streaming service.
No word on when this will begin. Disney’s agreement provides for in and out of home on-demand viewing on multiple devices. Independently owned ABC affiliates can opt-in to provide their live programming to PlayStation users.
“The addition of Disney and ESPN’s primetime programming and live marquee sports to our portfolio ensures subscribers will have access to the most popular network programming on television today,” says PlayStation Vue Head Dwayne Benefield. “We’re also proud to be the first Internet-based pay TV service to offer Disney’s networks with the streaming features that set PlayStation Vue apart from the industry, making TV viewing a more enjoyable experience for the whole household.”
In addition to the ABC stations, specific channels to be added include ABC Family (to be rebranded as Freeform in January), Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN College Extra, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Classic, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Bases Loaded, Fusion, Longhorn Network, and SEC-ESPN Network.
PlayStation Vue is available to those with a PS4 or PS3 console as well as iPads and iPhones. The full line up of channels is available in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, and Miami although some including Showtime, Fox Soccer Plus, and Machinima are available nationwide on an a la carte basis.