- Agreement expands availability of Disney sports, news and general entertainment programming, including ESPN’s ACC Network
- Includes direct access to Disney+ and ESPN+ for NCTC member customers
Burbank, CA and Lenexa, KS – Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (NYSE: DIS) and the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) today announced a new, multi-year distribution agreement that will continue to make available the strong lineup of sports, news, children’s , family and general entertainment from Disney to the NCTC’s more than 700 small and medium independent cable and broadband operators across the United States
As part of the agreement, NCTC member carriers will now offer the ACC Network to their customers, allowing fans and followers of the Atlantic Coast Conference to access the cross-platform network starting September 1.
The global distribution agreement between the parties also includes the possibility of marketing the Disney+ and ESPN+ streaming services, joining Hulu which is already available for certain operators. NCTC member operators will be able to link their customers directly to the Disney+ and ESPN+ websites where new subscribers can sign up.
In addition to the ACC Network, NCTC member operators will continue to make available Disney’s major networks, including ESPN Networks, Disney-branded Channels, Freeform, FX Networks, and National Geographic Channels, as well as rebroadcast consent. for ABC-owned television stations. .
“Our new agreement with the NCTC will allow member operators to continue to serve their customers across the country by offering Disney’s robust and expansive network portfolio, which includes the addition of the ACC network,” said Sean Breen, VP Executive Chairman, Platform Distribution, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. “We are extremely pleased that the agreement now also gives their members’ customers direct access to our collection of streaming services.”
“Our member operators are committed to providing their customers with the programming they want to watch on the platform they prefer. Disney has been a valued partner over the years, and we’re pleased to now expand that partnership to include access to premium streaming packages across Disney’s multiple platforms,” said Judy Meyka, Executive Vice President, Programming, NCTC. “Our goal continues to be to make quality programming available to members in a way that gives them the flexibility to meet the needs of their customers.”
About Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution
Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) manages The Walt Disney Company’s extensive content marketing and distribution ecosystem that delivers the company’s unparalleled storytelling to audiences around the world. This involves managing and operating the P&L of the company’s portfolio of streaming services, including Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ and international general entertainment offering, Star; its linear television channels and stations owned by ABC; theatrical film distribution; licensing and distribution of content, including Disney Music Group; global advertising sales; and the technology that powers these groups. Using a wealth of consumer insights from across the company, DMED makes investment and content distribution decisions to maximize audience engagement and business impact across all platforms, collaborating with leaders creatives from Disney studios, general entertainment and sports organizations.
About the National Cable Television Cooperative
The National Cable Television Cooperative, Inc. (NCTC) is a Kansas-based nonprofit corporation that operates as a programming, broadband solutions, and hardware purchasing organization for its member companies that own and operate systems of cable throughout the United States and its territories. NCTC seeks to maximize current and future opportunities to ensure the profitability, competitive stature and long-term sustainability of its member companies. NCTC represents more than 700 small and medium independent cable and broadband operators across the United States in programming and technology acquisition. The NCTC is actively working to help network providers and vendors evolve their business models to deploy new video/data solutions to adapt to changes in the media landscape.