Disney scores SEC Network, Fusion carriage deal with NRTC
Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) said it signed a long-term deal with the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative which includes distribution for SEC Network, the college sports network Disney plans to launch in August 2014 with the Southeastern Conference.
The agreement includes distribution terms for Fusion, a multiplatform network that Disney's ABC News and Univision plan to launch later this year. NRTC members, which include small telcos and utility companies, will also be able to launch Longhorn Network and TV Everywhere services such as WatchESPN.
AT&T's (NYSE: T) U-verse TV was the first major distributor to agree to launch SEC Network, announcing a deal with Disney in May. Fusion announced carriage deals in February with Cox Communications, Cablevision (NYSE: CVC), Charter Communications (Nasdaq: CHTR), AT&T and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG).
NRTC officials said the agreement will allow its members to expand the amount of content in MyTimeTV, the brand for its TV Everywhere service.
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