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Disney, DISH Network announce groundbreaking deal

March 4, 2014 3:27:43 PM PST
The Walt Disney Company and DISH Network Corporation announced on Tuesday a groundbreaking deal that provides DISH customers with Disney content.

The agreement includes use across all platforms, including televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected devices.

DISH Network is the first to secure the rights to carry Disney, ABC and ESPN networks for "over-the-top, personal subscription service."

"The creation of this agreement has really been about predicting the future of television with a visionary and forward-leaning partner," said DISH CEO and President Joseph P. Clayton in a statement.

DISH customers will be able to stream video-on-demand content from ABC-owned broadcast stations, ABC Family, Disney Channel, ESPN and ESPN2. Customers will also be able to access video-on-demand products, including WATCH ESPN, WATCH ABC, WATCH ABC Family and WATCH Disney, using Internet devices.

"We knew early on we had a responsibility with this deal to not only do what was best for our business, but to also position our industry for future growth," said Anne Sweeney, president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, in a statement. "After months of hard work and out-of-the box thinking on both sides, led by Bob Iger and Charlie Ergen, this agreement, one of the most complex and comprehensive we've ever undertaken, achieves just that. Not only were innovative business solutions reached on complicated current issues, we also planned for the evolution of our industry."

The deal dismisses all pending litigation between the two companies, including disputes over PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop.

Disney is the parent company of ABC7.


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