Disney adds ESPN, ABC, more channels to PlayStation Vue
Disney and ESPN Media Networks and Sony Network Entertainment International on Thursday unveiled an agreement to bring Disney's TV networks to PlayStation Vue, Sony's cloud-based TV service.
Disney will offer ESPN, ABC-owned local stations, Disney Channel, ABC Family, which will become Freeform in January, and other networks on PlayStation Vue. In addition, local ABC affiliate stations will also have the opportunity to opt in to the PlayStation Vue service with their respective live linear programming.
Also covered by the deal are Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN2, ESPN College Extra, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Classic, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Bases Loaded, Fusion, Longhorn Network and the SEC-ESPN Network.
Financial details weren't disclosed.
"PlayStation Vue provides a unique way to engage with our content and an opportunity to reach a segment of viewers who want a different kind of television experience," said Justin Connolly, executive vp of affiliate sales & marketing, Disney and ESPN Media Networks.
"This deal demonstrates our continued commitment to offer the best content on TV to PlayStation Vue users," said Dwayne Benefield, vp, head of PlayStation Vue. "The addition of Disney and ESPN's primetime programming and live marquee sports to our portfolio ensures subscribers will have access to the most popular network programming on television today. We're also proud to be the first Internet-based pay TV service to offer Disney's networks with the streaming features that set PlayStation Vue apart from the industry, making TV viewing a more enjoyable experience for the whole household."