The National Cable Television Cooperative and The Walt Disney Co. announced today that they have reached their first long-term retransmission consent agreement for ABC’s eight owned local stations.
The stations are WABC-TV in New York City, KABC-TV in Los Angeles, WLS-TV in Chicago, WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, KGO-TV in San Francisco, WTVD-TV in Raleigh-Durham, KTRK-TV in Houston and KFSN in Fresno.
“The retransmission consent agreement comes on the heels of a comprehensive long-term distribution agreement completed in August between The Walt Disney Company and NCTC to deliver Disney’s robust lineup of top quality sports, news and entertainment content to participating NCTC members’ customers across TVs, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected devices,” the companies said in their announcement.
The NCTC represents almost 950 member companies nationwide. NCTC members in ABC-owned markets will also continue to have the ability to provide the authenticated WATCH ABC live streaming service to customers.
Said Judy Meyka, NCTC Executive Vice President of Programming: “We are pleased to have reached, for the first time, a retransmission consent agreement with the Walt Disney Company that supports our Members’ efforts to competitively offer their customers the ABC owned broadcast station programming in these critical television markets.”
David Preschlack, executive vice president, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Disney & ESPN Networks, added: “We are pleased for the first time ever to work with NCTC to expand our long relationship to now include an agreement for retransmission consent for the eight ABC-owned broadcast stations. NCTC and its members clearly value the important role our highly-rated ABC stations play in their local communities, and we look forward to providing compelling and meaningful content for their customers.”