With the recent Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) deal as a template, Disney (NYSE: DIS) and Verizon FiOS TV have agreed to extend and expand distribution across platforms. The expanded package covers the Disney and ESPN Media Networks Group and includes:
— TV Everywhere-like access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater for desktops and tablets via ESPN and FiOS TV online.
— “Signature programming” from Disney XD and ABC Family for Verizon Wireless’ V Cast Video in Q4.
— Verizon FiOS TV will carry ESPN 3D in 2011.
One network not mentioned: ESPN3. Checking on it.
Full details in the release.
Update: Mystery solved. ESPN3 is included in the blanket mention of continuing “Disney and ESPN services they already receive.”