The Walt Disney Company and Charter Communications have jointly announced a comprehensive and long-term distribution deal that will allow the latter to deliver the former’s lineup of top quality sports, news, and entertainment content to Charter TV customers across a wide range of media.
The renewal agreement is in accordance with both companies’ goal to deliver the best video content to customers from multiple platforms. The content launch for these new distribution platforms, which include TV, computer, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and Internet-enabled gadgets is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2013.
Included in the multi-year deal is the launch of The Longhorn Network in Texas, Louisiana, and Virgina Systems by football season this year. Both companies will also introduce several new services, including the full suite of authenticated WATCH products, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, as well as the upcoming ABC News/Univision Joint Venture, a 24/7 news, information and lifestyle multi-platform network for English-dominant and bilingual Hispanics, the youngest and fastest-growing demographic in the U.S. In total, approximately 70 services are covered by the broad scope of this agreement including: ABC, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN 3D, ESPN GamePlan, ESPN Full Court, ESPN3, The Longhorn Network, and retransmission consent for WABC-TV, KABC-TV, WLS-TV, KGO-TV, KTRK-TV, WTVD-TV and KFSN-TV, as well as more than 10 high-definition networks.