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DirecTV completes deal with Disney for broad ESPN TV Everywhere access

Culminating one of 2014's most anticipated rounds of pay-TV deal making, DirecTV has finally announced the finalization of a broad-reaching licensing agreement with the Walt Disney Company.

Why Hulu will never outbid TV networks for original shows

Netflix blazed a trail in online video this year with its aggressive original programming strategy.  It's a strategy others will probably adopt. But I wonder how free Hulu will be to bid on new shows.

ESPN: The bungee cord that keeps subscribers tied to cable

Here's something to think about the next time the Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) starts negotiations for retransmission fees for its cable channels. A study conducted by Needham and Company analyst

Netflix signs Walt Disney deal to stream ABC, Disney Channel shows

Even as cable operators pounded away at Netflix' (Nasdaq: NFLX) streaming video service, the over-the-top programming source counterpunched with a $150 million-plus deal with Walt Disney Co.'s (NYSE:

Time Warner, ESPN to move content online

There is a tinge of irony involved with the announcement that Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC-WI) will begin carrying ESPN channels live on the Web starting Oct. 25 as part of its newly agreed upon

Verizon FiOS, Disney extend carriage deal

There may be no apparent silver lining in all the storm clouds surrounding retransmission these days but there appears to be at least a fiber optic lining. Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and the

Cable nets lead revenue generators for media companies

Video and broadband providers kept leading media companies in the black and growing ever-so-slowly in 2009 despite a lousy economy, according to an in-depth look at the 100 leading media companies in

Dolan warns that transformed programming model could push a la carte

Rising programming costs and "free" content on the Internet have caused Cablevision Systems (NYSE: CVC) CEO James Dolan to utter three usually unspeakable words--a la carte--and suggest that they

Time Warner, Disney deal details are ESPN-heavy

Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC-WI) subscribers will receive access to ESPN service with more layers than a wedding cake as a result of the recent agreement between the nation's second largest MSO and

ABC affiliate pulls service even as Time Warner and Disney negotiate

ABC's Lincoln, Neb. affiliate KLKN-TV apparently didn't get the memo--or more likely don't care--that ABC programming is supposed to remain available as Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC-WI) and ABC's