The Walt Disney Company and DISH Network Sign Groundbreaking Long-Term, Wide-Ranging Agreement
New Multi-Year Deal to Deliver Best in Sports, News and Entertainment
to DISH Customers, In and Out of the Home
DISH First to Secure Rights to Carry Disney, ABC and ESPN Networks for
Over-the-Top, Personal Subscription Service
Landmark Deal Adds Disney Junior, Fusion, Longhorn Network, ESPN3,
To-Be-Launched SEC ESPN Network and the Full Suite of Authenticated
Expanded Video-On-Demand Content Available to DISH Customers at Home,
Dismissal of All Legal Proceedings Between the Two Companies
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. & BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) and DISH Network Corporation
(NASDAQ:DISH) today announced a groundbreaking, long-term, wide-ranging
distribution agreement that will provide DISH customers with access to
Disney's robust line-up of top quality sports, news and entertainment
content across televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming
consoles and connected devices.
The renewal agreement supports the companies' mutual goal to deliver the
best video content to customers across multiple platforms by
strengthening the value of the multichannel video subscription today and
by creating the opportunity for DISH to deliver new services in the
The extensive and expanded distribution agreement grants DISH rights to
stream cleared linear and video-on-demand content from the ABC-owned
broadcast stations, ABC Family, Disney Channel, ESPN and ESPN2, as part
of an Internet delivered, IP-based multichannel offering.
Additionally, for the first time, DISH customers will be able to access
Disney's authenticated live and video-on-demand products, including
Watch ESPN, WATCH Disney, WATCH ABC Family and WATCH ABC using Internet
devices in the home and on the go.
The agreement will result in dismissal of all pending litigation between
the two companies, including disputes over PrimeTime Anytime and
AutoHop. As part of the accord, DISH will disable AutoHop functionality
for ABC content within the C3 ratings window. The deal also provides a
structure for other advertising models as the market evolves, including
dynamic ad insertion, advertising on mobile devices and extended
advertising measurement periods.
"The creation of this agreement has really been about predicting the
future of television with a visionary and forward-leaning partner," said
Joseph P. Clayton, DISH Chief Executive Officer and President. "Not only
will the exceptional Disney, ABC, ESPN entertainment portfolio continue
to delight our customers today, but we have a model from which to
deliver exciting new services tomorrow."
Anne Sweeney, Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks, and President,
Disney/ABC Television Group, said, "We knew early on we had a
responsibility with this deal to not only do what was best for our
business, but to also position our industry for future growth. After
months of hard work and out-of-the box thinking on both sides, led by
Bob Iger and Charlie Ergen, this agreement, one of the most complex and
comprehensive we've ever undertaken, achieves just that. Not only were
innovative business solutions reached on complicated current issues, we
also planned for the evolution of our industry."
Added John Skipper, President, ESPN & Co-Chairman, Disney Media
Networks: "We worked with DISH to smartly address the future of the
multi-screen world on several levels. Together, we are adding value to
the traditional video subscription by making great content accessible
across platforms and delivering new products, including our WatchESPN
authenticated networks, the highly anticipated launch of the SEC ESPN
Network, expanded distribution for Longhorn Network, and a reimagined
ESPN Classic video-on-demand channel. At the same time, we are creating
opportunities to add new subscribers and introducing the value of a
multichannel subscription to a small subset of broadband-only consumers."
"This agreement allows us to bring more innovation to the customer
experience, including new marketing, packaging and delivery options,"
said Dave Shull, DISH Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial
Officer. "This paves the way for more customer choice and control over
the viewing experience."
DISH will make available Disney Junior, Fusion, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN
Buzzer Beater, as well as Longhorn Network and the upcoming SEC ESPN
Network upon its launch. In addition, DISH, ESPN and ESPN Deportes
customers will have access to the live and video-on-demand channel ESPN3.
As part of the agreement, DISH will launch ESPNEWS, ESPNU, Disney
Channel and ABC Family in high definition. ESPN Classic will be
reintroduced as a video-on-demand channel.
The extensive and expanded rights package gives DISH customers access to
video-on-demand content at home, on computers and on-the-go through the
DISH Anywhere app for tablets and smartphones, including:
ABC On Demand, a fast forward-disabled service that features a
selection of top-rated primetime entertainment programming, including
episodes of such popular current ABC shows as "Scandal," "Castle,"
"Grey's Anatomy," "Once Upon A Time" and "Revenge."
ABC Family On Demand, which features a variety of top-rated full
episodes, refreshed monthly, from such popular millennial favorites as
"The Fosters," "Switched at Birth," "Baby Daddy" and "Melissa & Joey."
Disney-branded On Demand offerings, including Disney Channel On
Demand, Disney Junior On Demand, and Disney XD On Demand. Refreshed
each month, the Disney Channel On Demand offering will include
episodes from such series as "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse," "Sofia the
First" and "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" for preschoolers, as well
as variety of episodes from "A.N.T. Farm," "Liv and Maddie,"
"Jessie" and other popular series for older kids. Select episodes
featured on Disney Channel On Demand will be available in innovative
new offerings, such as playlists and monthly programming blocks, in
addition to a number of episodes available in multiple languages. A
variety of Disney Channel Original Movies will also be available.
Disney XD On Demand features a selection of episodes from such series
as the Emmy Award-winning animated hit "Phineas and Ferb," "Pair of
Kings" and "Kickin' It."
Expanded On Demand content from ESPN, including content from ESPN
Deportes and ESPN's award-winning original content from ESPN Films.
The companies also renewed carriage agreement for ABC's eight owned
local stations, including WABC-TV in New York City, KABC-TV in Los
Angeles, WLS-TV in Chicago, WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, KGO-TV in San
Francisco, WTVD-TV in Raleigh-Durham, KTRK-TV in Houston, and KFSN-TV in
DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH), through its subsidiary DISH
Network L.L.C., provides approximately 14.057 million satellite TV
customers, as of Dec. 31, 2013, with the highest quality programming and
technology with the most choices at the best value. Subscribers enjoy a
high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the
most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology.
DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com.
About The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates,
is a leading diversified international entertainment and media
enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and
resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive. Disney
is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of $45 billion in its Fiscal
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