Comcast-Disney Carriage, Content Deal Imminent

Nov 21, 2006  •  Post A Comment

The completion of the long-awaited carriage and content deal between Comcast Corp. and The Walt Disney Co. is imminent, according to people familiar with the negotiations. An announcement is expected in the next few days.

The comprehensive agreement includes the sale of Disney’s minority interest in E! Entertainment to Comcast, giving Comcast full control over the E! and Style networks.

Comcast gets retransmission consent to carry the ABC-owed television stations in Comcast cable markets and an agreement to carry all of the Disney/ABC cable networks, including ESPN and Disney Channel. Comcast systems will add ESPN Deportes to its Spanish-language tier under the agreement. The carriage agreements are estimated to be worth more than $1 billion a year.

Comcast will also get the rights to put some Disney content on its on-demand system. A limited number of ABC shows, notably “Desperate Housewives” and “Lost,” will be on Comcast On Demand. Some shows from the Disney cable networks will also be made available.

Recently released Disney films will also be available on Comcast systems for a fee.