“This agreement will allow Spectrum to continue to provide its customers with popular disney content, enable the future distribution of Disney streaming services by Spectrum and make an important cooperative effort to address the important anti-piracy issue,” said Tom Montemagno, EPP, acquisition program for the charter. The companies said the deal “considers future charter distribution” from Disney Plus and ESPN Plus. The launch of Disney Plus in November is a sensitive topic for Disney and its MVPD partners. The agreement calls for Disney to promote Disney Plus and ESPN Plus as full-fledged broadband offerings, as premium content offerings can be a way to help Charter launch its broadband service. It also allows for future discussions on the charter integration of the two applications in its latest set-top-box, as Comcast did with Netflix. The new agreement provides for the future distribution of Disney`s streaming services, including Hulu, ESPN and disney, by charter. Spectrum TV will also allow customers to access ESPN`s next ACC network when it launches on August 22. In addition, Disney and Charter have agreed to cooperate in the fight against piracy. The two companies will work together to implement business rules and techniques to address issues such as unauthorized access and password sharing. The agreement comes from the fact that Disney, as a traditional Hollywood studio, moves from a producer and wholesale distributor for content to a live-to-consumer streaming model. The latest multi-year contract is based on an existing agreement between Disney and Charter, which allows Spectrum TV subscribers to continue to receive disney assets such as ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Freeform and the ESPN suite.
Disney and Charter Communications have entered into a mammoth transportation agreement that covers 22 cable channels and establishes a framework for companies working together on the future distribution of disney Plus and ESPN Plus streaming services. Sean Breen, SVP, Disney Media Distribution: “Our new agreement with Charter allows us to continue to serve Spectrum TV customers with the full value of the Walt Disney and ESPN Television networks, including the new FX and Nat Geo networks.