Disney Agrees To Multi-Platform Carriage Deal With AT&T U-verse

DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
January 15, 2013
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This is the latest in a series of what Disney calls “comprehensive long-term” agreements that lock in pay TV carriage terms. Like most of the others, the one today with AT&T U-verse covers televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and internet-enabled televisions. U-verse will offer Disney’s TV Everywhere WATCH streaming services for live and VOD viewing both in and out of the home. The deal covers about 70 services including ESPN 3D, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, the Longhorn Network, Disney Jr and the upcoming news channel from the joint venture matching ABC News and Univision — as well as local signals from WABC, KABC, WLS, KGO, KTRK, WTVD, and KFSN. Disney says that over the last two years it has reached agreements with seven of the 10 largest pay TV distributors. “Our U-verse customers expect access to content when they want it, where they want it, and this renewal gives them more value and access to a variety of live and on demand content in and outside the home,” says AT&T Home Solutions President of Content and Advertising Sales Jeff Weber. The companies didn’t disclose financial terms.

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