More than 160 television stations signed a deal with Disney that will finally enable these 160 channels to stream their local content. Sony PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, and YouTube TV will be used by the majority of affiliates to broadcast their own shows within target markets. Most importantly it means that most of the TV-equipped households, almost 90% to be exact, will soon be able to stream content from their local affiliates through app services, cable, and satellites.
Prior to this deal being made, live streaming ABC content was a big hassle and had limited reachability. ABC live streaming content was only exclusively available in select cities and on particular services. This exclusivity was due to a technical complication.
Took 4 years
ABC’s parent company DISNEY had to make deals and agreements with every single affiliate before shows could be broadcast in their area. It was a long and arduous process and sometimes a bit tricky as well. It started back in 2013 and in 2017 all the deals finally came through. This deal arranges for many of those stations to get digital distribution on Disney’s terms.
Let us know what you think about this deal with Disney and all the affiliates.