ESPN Online, ABC O&Os In Disney-FiOS Deal

Verizon FiOS TV customers now have online access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Buzzer Beater as part of a broader agreement between Disney and  the phone company.

As part of a wide-ranging agreement between the Walt Disney Co., Verizon FiOS TV customers will be able to watch ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Buzzer Beater live online beginning today. To access the online programming, Verizon customers must subscribe to FiOS TV. 

The online rights to the ESPN networks are part of a broader agreement, under which FiOS will continue to carry as part of its conventional service ABC Family, Disney Channel and Disney XD. The deal also includes the ABC O&Os and the soon-to-be-launched Disney Junior.

“Expanding our online video content to include the ESPN networks provides our FiOS customers with some of the best in sports programming, right at their fingertips,” said Terry Denson, VP of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon. 

“Whether watching FiOS on your TV, PC or mobile device, Verizon continues to make it easy for customers to view a growing amount of programming while on the go.”

David Preschlack, EVP, Disney and ESPN Media Networks, said offering ESPN networks online “further demonstrates our commitment to serving sports fans….

“From today forward, FiOS TV customers can choose to watch ESPN on their big screen or on their computer screen — it’s a real sea change in our business and an indication of where our industry is heading.”

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Online users of the ESPN channels will have several viewing options, including picture-in-picture, simultaneous viewing of more than one channel and full-screen viewing of a single channel. 

Verizon and ESPN say they plan to make the programming available on other Internet enabled devices, such as mobile phones and tablets, in the near future.


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