Disney Strikes Multiyear Deal With DirecTV

Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger

Under the terms of the new deal, DirecTV customers will have access to the linear feeds and VOD content from all ESPN and Disney cable networks as well as ABC-owned and -operated TV stations

Almost three weeks after a previous deal expired, DirecTV has struck a new multiyear arrangement with the Walt Disney Co. that includes traditional television as well as computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and other connected devices, the companies said Tuesday.

Under the terms of the new deal, DirecTV customers will have access to the linear feeds and VOD content from all ESPN and Disney cable networks as well as ABC-owned and -operated TV stations.

Continuing services covered by the new contract include ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XC, ESPN, ESPN2 and more. ESPN Classic will be reintroduced as a VOD service.

The deal means DirecTV can avoid the sort of costly disputes that have knocked programming off the air for some providers. The latest such confrontation is ongoing between Dish Network and 21st Century Fox, which has pulled the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network from Dish.

"This new agreement brings DirecTV's already unmatched content offering and experience to a whole new level," DirecTV chief content officer Dan York said Tuesday. "It's an immense and exciting undertaking to work together to shape the future of content consumption and the possibilities are endless."

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