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Disney, Verizon Sign Pact To Expand ‘Watch’ Services On FiOS TV

New ABC-Univision Network, Fusion, Also Will Join FiOS Lineup 7/18/2013 10:52 AM Eastern

Various "Watch Disney" and "Watch ABC" authenticated services will be available to FiOS TV subscribers under a pact announced today by Verizon and the Disney and ESPN Media Networks Group.

FiOS TV also will add Fusion, the upcoming English-language channel from ABC and Univision, when it launches late this year.

FiOS TV subscribers already have access to the Watch ESPN service via the Web and the related app.

The companies said in a release that FiOS customers will have access to the authenticated online services Watch ABC (in markets where it is available), Watch Disney Channel, Watch Disney XD and Watch Disney Junior and the yet-to-be-launched Watch ABC Family service. Those services enable in-home or out-of-home access to live streams of the channels or certain of their on-demand programs to viewers who are “authenticated” as being eligible by their pay-TV provider.

FiOS TV customers can watch the ABC or Disney programming via the “My Verizon” portal with a username and password or gain access via apps available for Apple or Android computers, tablets or smart phones. Verizon said the ABC and Disney channels will bring to 53 the number of networks in the FiOS TV “TV everywhere” lineup. A Disney spokesperson said the channels were slated to be added to My Verizon by 4 p.m. EST today and that FiOS TV subscribers are now eligible to use the various Watch services via apps or Web sites such as WatchDisneyChannel.com. Verizon representatives confirmed the 4 p.m. expected addition of the services to the My Verizon portal but said the ABC stations won't be visible until the end of July. Verizon, in its latest quarterly report released today, said it now has 5 million FiOS TV subscribers.

The Watch ABC service is currently available in New York; Philadelphia; Los Angeles; Chicago; San Francisco and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., with launches planned for Houston and Fresno, Calif., this fall, Disney said. It provides viewers with live access to ABC stations and local market programming plus on-demand content.

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