The arrangement, which the companies call a “new early renewal,” is similar to ones that Disney cut this year with Comcast and Cablevision: It’s a “long-term” arrangement, covers 70-plus networks and services (including ABC, ESPN, and the planned ABC News/Univision Joint Venture), and it enables Cox to offer more content via VOD and TV Everywhere. The cable company has rights to offer in-home and out-of-home viewing on computers, smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles for Disney’s line of Watch services: WatchESPN becomes available today, and next week it will introduce WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney XD and WATCH Disney Junior. Cox will have WATCH ABC and WATCH ABC Family when they’re launched. In addition, customers who are at home can use the Cox TV Connect app on their iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices to watch live broadcasts of ESPNEWS and ESPN Classic. The number of channels on Cox TV Connect rises to 90 on Monday. Cox is “enabling our customers to access their favorite news, sports and entertainment video content whenever and wherever they want it,” says its Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Mark Greatrex.
Here’s the release: READ MORE »