August 15, 2019
Chalk up another positive for Disney+: The Walt Disney Co.’s much-hyped new subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, set to launch in November, may be available to Charter Communications subscribers.
A new distribution deal between Disney and Charter, announced Aug. 14, calls for the country’s No. 2 cable operator to continue carrying Disney’s TV and ESPN programming to Spectrum TV subscribers.
The deal also “contemplates Charter’s future distribution of Disney’s streaming services, including Hulu, ESPN+ and the soon-to-be-launched Disney+,” according to a press release issued by Charter.
The deal wouldl help Disney+ in its attempt to compete with established streaming titans Netflix and Amazon.com.
In addition, Spectrum TV will also offer customers access to ESPN’s upcoming ACC Network when it launches Aug. 22.
Under the deal, Spectrum TV will continue to provide its customers widespread access to ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Freeform, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded, SEC Network, Longhorn Network, and the newly acquired networks of FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Life, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and BabyTV.
“This agreement will allow Spectrum to continue delivering to its customers popular Disney content, makes possible future distribution by Spectrum of Disney streaming services, and will begin an important collaborative effort to address the significant issue of piracy mitigation,” said Tom Montemagno, EVP of programming acquisition for Charter.
Sean Breen, SVP of Disney Media Distribution, added: “Our new agreement with Charter allows us to continue serving Spectrum TV customers with the full value of the Walt Disney Television and ESPN networks, including the newly acquired FX and Nat Geo networks. ACC fans can also rest assured that they will be able to watch their favorite teams on Spectrum, one of the largest distributors across the ACC footprint, when ACC Network launches next week.”