Charter, NCTC sign carriage deals with Disney, NBCU
Charter Communications (Nasdaq: CHTR) said it signed a long-term carriage deal with Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS), and the National Cable Television Cooperative announced it reached a new distribution agreement with NBCUniversal.
Disney said its multiplatform agreement with Charter includes about 70 services, including terms that will allow Charter subscribers to access mobile video apps such as WatchESPN. Several major pay TV distributors signed similar pacts with Disney last year, including Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA), Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) and Cox Communications.
NCTC, which negotiates carriage deals for about 1,000 independent cable operators, said its agreement with NBCU includes rights to carry the Olympic games, multiplatform content and video-on-demand programming. NBCU announced similar agreements recently with Cablevision, Mediacom, Suddenlink and Verizon's (NYSE: VZ) FiOS TV.