FuboTV Getting ESPN, Disney Television Content

Disney Media Networks has inked a distribution agreement with FaceBank Group to deliver news, sports and entertainment content from ESPN and Walt Disney Television to streaming platform fuboTV.

Beginning this summer, customers who subscribe to fuboTV’s fubo standard base package will have access to ABC, ABC News Live, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Freeform, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, in-market for SEC Network and ACC Network, FX, FXX and National Geographic. Additional networks will also be available on fuboTV’s other packages, including out-of-market for SEC Network and ACC Network, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, FXM, Fox Life, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and BabyTV.

The deal includes both live television and VOD.

“With the addition to our lineup of the ESPN suite of channels, we continue to make good on our promise to sports fans to be the undisputed home of professional and college sports,” David Gandler, co-founder and CEO of fuboTV, said in a statement.  “Fubo is equally delighted to add the storied Disney, ABC, FX and Nat Geo networks to round out a robust programming portfolio for the whole family to enjoy.”

“Launching Disney’s networks strengthens our sports-focused live TV platform and brings a diverse range of content for the entire family,” Ben Grad, head of content strategy and acquisition for fuboTV, said in a statement. “Our base package offers consumers significant value, while consumers who want even more great sports and entertainment content can access it with our premium packages. As live sports return but without spectators, streaming games at home will be even more important than ever. We’re thrilled to bring more sports, as well as entertainment and news, to our consumers this summer.”

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“Adding Disney’s array of networks across news, sports and entertainment content with ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN, FX, and Nat Geo delivers a more comprehensive channel lineup and tremendous value to customers’ subscriptions,” Sean Breen, EVP of platform distribution for Disney Media Networks, said in a statement. “With fuboTV’s multiple access points across all major streaming platforms and a competitive price point, we continue to serve a growing audience that consumes video on multiple screens and attract new customers into the pay TV ecosystem.”

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In April, fuboTV merged with FaceBank, combining fuboTV’s direct-to-consumer live TV streaming platform for cord-cutters with FaceBank’s IP in sports, movies and live performances.

Vidgo Expands Online TV Service

Upstart online TV service Vidgo has expanded service to include Disney Media Networks. First launched in late September, Vidgo now offers 60 channels for $39.99 per month across sports, news, and entertainment genres.

“Our new distribution agreement with Vidgo delivers consumer optionality by offering our full suite of networks as part of an economy package,” said Sean Breen, SVP of Disney Media Distribution. “Vidgo has smartly devised a robust channel line-up at a competitive price point compared to the limited economy package choices that are currently in the marketplace.”

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Vidgo joins an online TV market that has stagnated after a promising start. Pioneer Sling TV still leads the field with about 2.6 million subscribers. High-profile competitors DirecTV Now and PlayStation Vue have either rebranded or shuttered.

Vidgo enables subscribers to stream on three simultaneous devices at home or on the go. Select live local channels from ABC, Fox, and My Network TV.
ESPN, Disney, Freeform, FX, National Geographic, Fox, Discovery, A&E, and ViacomCBS. Fox Sports, NFL Network, PAC-12 Network, Stadium, and beIN Sports. Fox News, Fox Business, Cheddar, participating ABC and Fox local station news. Upcoming 38 upcoming college football bowl games and college basketball games.

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“This is the next step in social TV,” said Kiswe CEO Mike Schabel, with whom the mobile carrier has a distribution with Vidgo.

Vidgo is accessible on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV, along with iOS and Android mobile devices.