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Disney signs distribution deal in the US with National Cable Television Cooperative

MUMBAI: The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) in the US and Disney have announced a multi-year distribution agreement to deliver Disney’s sports, news and entertainment content to participating NCTC members’ customers across TVs, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected devices.

The cable co-op serves nearly 1,000 member companies across the US.

The NCTC is a Kansas based not-for-profit corporation that operates as a programming and hardware purchasing organisation for its member companies who own and operate cable systems throughout the US and its territories.

NCTC executive VP programming Judy Meyka said, “NCTC is pleased to again offer our members access to top-tier sports and family channels under our new agreement with Disney and ESPN Networks Group. The addition of the SEC Network, Longhorn Network and digital platform rights helps strengthen the long-term partnership and enhances the value the agreement brings to members”.

Disney and ESPN Networks Group executive VP, affiliate sales and marketing David Preschlack said, “Customers of the NCTC member companies will benefit greatly from this latest renewal deal. Not only will they continue to receive the great content across our networks, but also the added value of accessing that content on digital platforms with our WATCH products, choosing when to watch them with video-on-demand services and a lineup of new channels including Fusion, the upcoming SEC Network launching on August 14, Longhorn Network, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater and ESPN Bases Loaded.”
Participating NCTC members’ customers will receive broad access to products like Watch ABC authenticated on-demand content, Watch ABC Family, Watch Disney Channel, Watch Disney Junior, Watch Disney XD and WatchESPN (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater and ESPN Bases Loaded) through the networks’ own Watch sites and apps. These products will give customers more opportunities to access live and video-on-demand content, both in-home and out-of-home, on their computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected devices.