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Update: Disney Officially Signs Deal With Time Warner Cable

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 2nd 2010 7:30PM
ABCDespite the threatening PSAs and rampant Internet speculation, Disney and Time Warner Cable announced today that they have officially reached a deal to broadcast networks such as ABC, ESPN, Disney and other channels via the cable provider.

The two companies had been publicly butting heads in the weeks leading up to today's contract deadline, with Disney asking for higher fees from TWC to carry the company's channels, and TWC refusing to pay up.

For the full back story of the fight, check out TV Squad's in-depth analysis from earlier this week. After the jump, the full terms of the new contract.

According to ABC's press release, the new deal includes:

* The recently announced Disney Junior, a new 24-hour basic channel for preschool-age children, parents and caregivers. Available to Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks cable customers upon its debut in 2012, the new channel will feature animated and live action programming which blends Disney's unparalleled storytelling and beloved characters with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles and social skills.

* The addition of ESPN3.com, ESPN's live sports broadband network, which will be available to all Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks subscribers who get ESPN. ESPN3.com gives Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks fans a 24/7 online destination that delivers more than 3,500 live, global sports events annually as part of TV Everywhere. This addition also gives Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks the right to feature cleared content from ESPN3.com on its sports tier.

* Access to a new authenticated service, which will give Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks subscribers the opportunity to watch the linear networks ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU through their broadband services, as well as mobile Internet devices like an iPad. Details on the launch will be forthcoming.

* A new service, developed with Time Warner Cable, called ESPN Goal Line, a super-highlight channel that will be available only to Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks sports tier subscribers as early as September 4. ESPN Goal Line will take fans around the best matchups each Saturday during the NCAA football season. The once-a-week network will include live look-ins to game action, focusing on scoring drives and up-to-the minute commentary from analysts and experts. A similar service called ESPN Buzzer Beater will be available for the college basketball season.

* Expanded VOD services in many markets will include: ABC On Demand, ABC's fast forward-disabled VOD service which currently features a selection of primetime programming; Disney-branded On Demand offerings for kids; locally relevant sports content from ESPN in several Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks markets, including Los Angeles, New York, North and South Carolina, Tampa, Orlando, Texas and Ohio; and more.

* Inclusion of a variety of content from across the Disney Media Networks' portfolio on Time Warner Cable's and Bright House Networks Start Over and Look Back features.

* The addition of ESPN Deportes HD to Time Warner Cable's larger footprint; the launch of ESPN 3D to Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks' systems; a Time Warner Cable/ESPN Deportes co-branded, Spanish language sports website in Los Angeles.

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Good for them to work it out. I doubt Cablevision will get that out of Disney when ESPN comes up for renegotiation. The Dolans always find a way to shaft us. Disney: Just make ESPN3 subscription already!

September 02 2010 at 11:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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