DirecTV is following the lead of competitor Dish Network and is in discussions with Walt Disney Co. to deliver Disney content such as ESPN, the Disney Channel and ABC to customers via an over-the-top Internet-based product.
Dish Network's carriage deal with Walt Disney Co. inked earlier this week gives it the right to deliver ESPN, the Disney Channel, ABC and other content via an over-the-top service that the company plans to launch soon. Many consider this to be a groundbreaking deal that will set Dish up as a leader in the OTT space.
Walt Disney Co. said late Monday that it signed a carriage deal with Dish Network making it the first pay-TV provider to land rights to deliver ESPN, Disney Channel and other networks through an over-the-top pay TV service.
Many would-be online viewers of the Academy Awards encountered problems Sunday, according to multiple reports. The technical problems were the latest in a series of online-video service issues to surface in recent weeks.
The Disney Movies Anywhere service for PCs and iOS requires an iTunes account now, but in the future Disney expects to work with other "provider partners."
Even an overgrown mouse working as a sorcerer's apprentice can be challenged to deliver better wireless service at an expansive theme park. So AT&T has worked its magic to improve communications across several Disney properties in the United States.
Hulu executives recently promised to put more money into developing and acquiring TV shows for the site and in the last week, they've been delivering.
Disney, Time Warner, Viacom, Fox, NBC Universal and CBS have all seen gains from ad growth and carriage fee negotiations, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Shares of Scripps Networks Interactive surged on Tuesday and Wednesday after news spread that Discovery Communications has its eye on Scripps. Together, a combined Discovery/Scripps would have a market capitalization of about $43 billion, according to media reports.
Disney and Netflix are betting that some lesser-known Marvel comic-book characters will play well together online. The companies said Thursday that Disney's Marvel TV and ABC TV Studios units will produce four original live-action series for Netflix culminating in a "miniseries programming event."