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Disney Secures Time Warner Carriage Deal

Apr 4, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Walt Disney Co.’s sprawling broadcast and cable properties have secured carriage on Time Warner Cable systems under a multi-year deal that includes some planned high-definition Disney-owned services and some Disney content contributions to Time Warner services.

The agreement includes an extension of retransmission agreements for ABC-owned stations in Time Warner Cable markets. Analog and multiplexed digital signals of the stations are included.

ABC Family, Disney Channel, ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Pay-Per-View, SOAPnet, and Toon Disney are covered. In addition, Time Warner will add ESPN2 HD and ESPNU later this year. Some of the Time Warner systems also will offer Disney Channel on Demand’s subscription VOD and ESPN Deportes.

ABC Family HD, Disney Channel HD and ESPNEWS HD-will launch in Time Warner Cable systems when they become available in 2008.

Some live shows, will be available on Time Warner Cable’s Start Over platform that allows digital cable subscribers to re-start (but not fast-forward) the programs in progress without in-home recording devices.

Some Disney properties also will provide content to Time Warner Cable’s Quick Clips digital service that features short-form content related to existing programs.

Neither Disney nor Time Warner Cable, which has 14.6 million customers, would say how many years the deal covers or disclose other details.

(Editor: Romanelli)