Roku’s travels down the TV Everywhere path has reached The Walt Disney Co. Tuesday, as the streaming video specialist announced that it had launched the WatchESPN app, and expects to add WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Junior and WATCH Disney XD to the mix later this month.
WatchESPN offers authenticated access to ESPN’s stable of linear networks -- including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN Deportes and ESPNEWS—and library of VOD fare. ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater will also be available when those channels are in season.
Current affiliated video providers for WatchESPN include Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Midcontinent Communications, Cablevision Systems, Cox Communications, AT&T U-verse, Charter Communications and Google Fiber.
The WATCH Disney services are presently available to customers of Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Midcontinent, Cablevision, Cox, AT&T U-verse, Charter and Google Fiber.
WatchESPN and the WATCH Disney services are expected to become available soon to members of the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative.
The additions come into play as Roku, which has shipped more than 5 million devices in the U.S., launches its holiday ad campaign. HBO Go and TWC TV from Time Warner Cable are among the other authenticated TV Everywhere apps offered on the Roku platform.
WatchESPN is also offered on Web browsers, iOS devices, the Apple TV, Android smartphones and tablets, including the Kindle Fire, and the Xbox 360. WATCH Disney Channel is currently offered on web browsers, the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, and on certain Kindle Fire models.