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Disney, Cox Reach Carriage Renewal Deal

WatchESPN, ABC News/Univision Joint Venture Part of Long-Term Deal 12/13/2012 12:42 PM Eastern

The Walt Disney Company and Cox Communications have reached a long-term carriage deal that includes carriage of ESPN and its suite of digital and online services.

As part of the new multiyear agreement, authenticated Cox subscribers will receive immediate access to the WatchESPN digital service, as well as Watch Disney Channel, Watch Disney XD and Watch Disney Junior, which will launch next week.

Financial terms of the agreement were not available at press time.

Some 70 services are covered by the deal, including the new ABC News/Univision joint venture as well as broadcast network ABC, the upstart Longhorn Network, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN 3D, ESPN GamePlan, ESPN Full Court and broadband service ESPN3. The deal also includes retransmission-consent for KABC-TV, as well as continued carriage for more than 10 high-definition networks. 

The Cox deal marks the third major renewal deal for Disney. Earlier this year it reached similar deals with Comcast and Cablevision Systems.

“This comprehensive agreement with The Walt Disney Company enhances the value of our customers’ experience with our products and services,” said Mark Greatrex, Cox Communications senior vice president, chief marketing and sales officer in a statement. “Coupled with our investment in our broadband network and the development of innovative services like Cox TV Connect and TV Online, we’re enabling our customers to access their favorite news, sports and entertainment video content whenever and wherever they want it.”

 

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