Back in April Disney announced a deal that allowed them to negotiate on behalf of their affiliates. Now we get some new details about what services they will be coming to.
According to ABC hose stations are now either on or are about to be carried on the ABC app and live TV streaming services such as DIRECTV NOW, Sony PlayStation Vue, Google’s YouTube TV and CenturyLink. According to Disney they have deals for ABC stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Hearst Television, Tegna and E.W. Scripps.
“We are committed to digital distribution solutions that benefit the local/national relationship and the value it brings to consumers, so this is a real win for us, our affiliates and our video partners,” said Ben Sherwood, Disney Media Networks co-chair and Disney-ABC Television Group president. “I’m extremely proud of our team’s continued leadership and hard work in creating innovative business opportunities that move both our company and the entire industry forward.”
“Together, we have worked diligently to help craft a creative solution that delivers the unparalleled strength of ABC affiliates across the country directly to viewers watching their local stations on these digital platforms,“ added ABC Affiliate Board of Governors chairman Emily Barr, president and CEO, Graham Media Group. “Local television stations are deeply imbedded in their communities, and viewers rely on them for news, information and entertainment, now more than ever, anywhere on any device from TVs and desktops to tablets and mobile phones.“
That would mean 90% of all US households would have the ability to stream their local ABC affiliate on at least one live TV streaming service.
Source: Broadcasting Cable
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