Disney, Charter ink multiyear cable TV, streaming carriage deal
The agreement will see current Disney content continuing to reach Spectrum subscribers, with future Disney+ content possibly added to the mix.
And the new deal also holds out future distribution of the Hulu, ESPN+ and Upcoming Disney+ streaming services to the U.S. cable giant's subscribers. Spectrum TV customers will also be able to sign up to ESPN’s upcoming ACC Network when it launches on August 22.
The agreement comes as Disney as a traditional Hollywood studio is switching from a wholesale producer and distributor of content to rolling out a direct-to-consumer streaming model. The latest multi-year deal builds on an existing agreement between Disney and Charter, allowing Spectrum TV subscribers to continue receiving Walt Disney assets like ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Freeform and the suite of ESPN channels.
"This agreement will allow Spectrum to continue delivering to its customers popular Disney content, makes possible future distribution by Spectrum of Disney streaming services, and will begin an important collaborative effort to address the significant issue of piracy mitigation,” said Tom Montemagno, executive vp of programming acquisition for Charter in a statement.Read more: Hollywood Reporter
Disney and Charter reach multiyear carriage agreementCharter has agreed to a multiyear carriage agreement with Disney, avoiding a blackout of networks including ABC and ESPN. Charter will carry the ACC Network and will make ESPN+ available to Charter customers as a new network as part of the deal, sources say.
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