Walt Disney, Cablevision Strike Broad Carriage Deal

Cablevision logo - H 2012

Cablevision logo - H 2012

The multi-year agreement covers broadcast station retransmission rights, cable networks and digital service.


The Walt Disney Co. and Cablevision Systems on Thursday unveiled a broad new carriage agreement covering Disney’s various sports, news and entertainment networks and content to Cablevision subscribers across TV, Internet, tablets and handheld devices.

Financial details of the multi-year arrangement weren't disclosed.

As part of the deal, Cablevision will launch several new services, including ESPN3 and ESPN 3D, as well as the upcoming ABC News/Univision joint venture.

In total, approximately 70 services are covered by the agreement, including ABC, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN 3D, ESPN GamePlan, ESPN FullCourt, ESPN3 and Longhorn Network. It also covers retransmission consent for local stations WABC-TV and WPVI-TV, as well as more than 10 HD networks.

Watch Disney Channel, Watch ABC Family. and other products will give Cablevision customers more opportunities to access live and video on demand content - in-home and out-of-home via computers, smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles.

"The new agreement enhances the multichannel business model and supports the companies’ mutual goal to deliver the best video content to customers across multiple platforms," the companies said in a statement.

Covered among various other services is ABC On Demand, ABC’s fast-forward-disabled on-demand service, which offers a selection of primetime entertainment programming, including episodes of such shows as Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, Once Upon A Time and Revenge.

Two years ago, in a carriage dispute, Disney and Cablevision struck a last-minute deal that restored Disney's blacked-out ABC stations to Cablevision's New York homes just minutes into ABC's Academy Awards broadcast.

“This significant agreement ensures that our customers will continue to have access to dozens of ABC, Disney and ESPN networks for years to come and, for the first time, they will be able to enjoy Disney and ESPN programming outside the home,” said Cablevision president and CEO James Dolan.

“With our robust and ever-growing multi-platform content offerings, we’re pleased to be able to expand our relationship with Cablevision,” said Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group.

Added ESPN president John Skipper: “Working with Cablevision, we're able to strengthen the value of the multichannel subscription by delivering 24/7 live access to our content, which is at the core of our collective commitment to sports fans.”