Disney Reaches Distribution Deal With Optimum Parent Altice USA to Keep ESPN on Screens

Walt Disney (DIS) reached a distribution agreement with broadband provider Altice USA (ATUS) that allows Disney to deliver its sports, news and entertainment channels, including ESPN and Disney Channel to Optimum video customers on television screens and streaming devices.

Apart from the ESPN sports channel and the Disney channel, Optimum will continue to provide access to WABC, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN3 and Freeform, the companies said late on Thursday.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“This agreement with Altice demonstrates the tremendous value and importance of ESPN, Disney and ABC content to any distributor,” said Justin Connolly, executive vice president of Disney and ESPN Media Networks.

The companies also plan to work together on ESPN’s direct-to-consumer product, which the sports channel plans to launch in early 2018, and have agreed to make use of Altice USA’s data analytics platform for this project.

In longer-term plans, Optimum will add ESPN’s SEC Network in late 2018 and launch ACC Network in place of another ESPN network in August 2019.

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