Disney Expands iTunes Content

Jan 3, 2006  •  Post A Comment

The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday it has expanded the content available on Apple Computer’s iTunes Music Store, with plans to offer sports content, additional television shows and vignettes from the classic “School House Rock.”

Using the model launched in October in which Disney offered episodes of “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives” for $1.99 each, the company is including for the same price programming from ABC Sports, ESPN and Disney cable networks Disney Channel, ABC Family and SoapNet. The latest expansion also includes content produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation.

Among the sports content available for download are condensed versions of all the BCS Bowl Games aired by ABC Sports as well as ESPN content from the its X Games telecasts, interviews from the series “SportsCentury,” “This is SportsCenter” commercials and select original entertainment, such as “Knight School,” a reality program featuring Texas Tech basketball coach Bobby Knight.

In addition, Disney will make available episodes of ABC Family’s “Wildfire,” Disney Channel’s “Kim Possible” and “The Proud Family” and SoapNet’s biography series “Soapography.” Also included are episodes of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and “Ebert & Roeper.”

Disney said it will offer free downloads of ad-supported video podcasts of content from ABC News’ “Good Morning America” and “World News Tonight” as well as segments of ABC News Now’s “Money Minute,” “Medical Minute” and “Buzz Cut.”