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Walt Disney reaches distribution agreement with Cox

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MUMBAI: Cox Communications and The Walt Disney Company have entered into a comprehensive long-term distribution agreement to deliver Disney’s robust lineup of top quality sports, news and entertainment content to Cox TV customers across televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and internet-enabled televisions.

The new early renewal agreement enhances the multi-channel business model and supports the companies’ mutual goal to deliver the best video content to customers across multiple platforms.

As part of the new multi-year agreement, WatchESPN (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater) have launched as the first of TWDC’s existing authenticated products being made available to Cox customers.

Additional authenticated products including WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney XD and WATCH Disney Junior will launch next week. The to-be-launched WATCH ABC and WATCH ABC Family services will also be made available to Cox customers.

These products will give Cox customers more opportunities to access live and video on demand content, both in-home and out-of-home, on their computers, smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles.

In total, approximately 70 services are covered by the broad scope of this agreement as well as more than 10 high-definition networks.

The companies also announced that ESPNEWS and ESPN Classic will be added to Cox TV Connect, Cox’s proprietary app that allows customers to watch live TV on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch from anywhere in their homes. Cox is increasing the number of channels on Cox TV Connect to 90, starting Monday, December 17, 2012.

“This comprehensive agreement with The Walt Disney Company enhances the value of our customers’ experience with our products and services,” said Cox Communications senior vice president, chief marketing and sales officer Mark Greatrex.

“Coupled with our investment in our broadband network and the development of innovative services like Cox TV Connect and TV Online, we’re enabling our customers to access their favorite news, sports and entertainment video content whenever and wherever they want it.”

Added Disney & ESPN Networks Group EVP, Affiliate Sales and Marketing David Preschlack said, “This deal renewal with Cox marks the fifth agreement encompassing Disney’s full suite of products and services while strengthening the value of the multichannel subscription model. We are serving viewers by delivering 24/7 live access to our content via the WATCH Disney services and WatchESPN across more platforms than ever before, which is quickly becoming the new standard in content delivery.”

The extensive and expanded rights package for Video On Demand content to Cox TV customers includes: ABC On Demand, ABC Family On Demand, Disney-branded On Demand offerings, Expanded On Demand content from ESPN.

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