Disney-DirecTV deal offers more channels and mobile streaming

DirecTV struck a multi-year agreement with Walt Disney Co. in which the TV service will offer more Disney-owned channels and allow people to watch programs online via their computers, phones, tablets and other electronic devices.

The new program services that are part of the new deal include Fusion, the Longhorn Network, and several ESPN college sports channels.

DirecTV customers will also have the ability to stream ABC and Disney’s cable networks on their computers, phones, and tablets in early 2015.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Dan York, Chief Content Officer at DIRECTV, said:

“This new agreement brings DIRECTV’s already unmatched content offering and experience to a whole new level. It also allows both companies to evolve together into the future and gives DIRECTV customers a wide range of in-home and out-of-home viewing options to enjoy the broad collection of ESPN, Disney and ABC content,”

“It’s an immense and exciting undertaking to work together to shape the future of content consumption and the possibilities are endless.”

David Preschlack, Executive Vice President, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Disney and ESPN Media Networks, added:

“We have a stellar reputation for working in close collaboration with our distribution partners to strengthen the value of the multichannel video subscription. Our new agreement with DIRECTV reinforces that approach and brings to a successful conclusion the renewal over the past several years of deals with each of our top ten affiliates.”

“Not only will DIRECTV customers continue to receive all the great content they currently have, but they will now be able to access it on digital platforms through our authenticated WATCH products as well as receive new services as part of their subscription, including Fusion, Longhorn Network, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater and ESPN3 also on television.”