The Walt Disney Company and Charter Communications Announce New Distribution Agreement

  The Walt Disney Company and Charter Communications Announce New Distribution

 Multi-Year Deal Provides Sports, News and Entertainment to Charter Customers
                            In and Out of the Home

   Charter to add Full Suite of Authenticated WATCH Services, The Longhorn
                            Network, among others

Business Wire

ST. LOUIS & NEW YORK -- December 31, 2012

Charter Communications and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) today announced
a comprehensive long-term distribution agreement to deliver Disney’s robust
lineup of top quality sports, news and entertainment content to Charter TV
customers across televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles
and internet-enabled televisions. The renewal agreement supports the
companies’ mutual goal to deliver the best video content to customers across
multiple platforms. Launch of content across these new distribution platforms
is planned to begin in the first half of 2013.

As part of the new multi-year deal, The Longhorn Network will launch in Texas,
Louisiana and Virginia systems by football season next year. Charter and The
Walt Disney Company will also introduce several new services, including the
full suite of authenticated WATCH products, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer
Beater, as well as the upcoming ABC News/Univision Joint Venture, a 24/7 news,
information and lifestyle multi-platform network for English-dominant and
bilingual Hispanics, the youngest and fastest-growing demographic in the U.S.
In total, approximately 70 services are covered by the broad scope of this
agreement including: ABC, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney
XD, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN Goal Line,
ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN 3D, ESPN GamePlan, ESPN Full Court, ESPN3, The
Longhorn Network, and retransmission consent for WABC-TV, KABC-TV, WLS-TV,
KGO-TV, KTRK-TV, WTVD-TV and KFSN-TV, as well as more than 10 high-definition

Charter customers will receive broad access to existing authenticated products
like WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney XD and WATCH Disney Junior, the
to-be-launched WATCH ABC and WATCH ABC Family services and WatchESPN (ESPN,
ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater). These products
will give Charter customers more opportunities to access live and video on
demand content, both in-home and out-of-home, on their computers, smartphones,
tablets and gaming consoles.

“This agreement enables us to offer our customers additional value, choice and
convenience,” said Allan Singer, Charter’s Senior Vice President, Programming.
“More and more content is being enjoyed on tablets and other
Internet-connected devices, and today’s viewers are sharing their TV
experiences in new ways. Our agreement with Disney enables more robust ways to
enjoy and socialize TV.”

Added David Preschlack, executive vice president, Affiliate Sales and
Marketing, Disney & ESPN Networks Group, “Our agreement with Charter
represents the sixth top ten distributor renewal encompassing Disney’s full
suite of products and services. With this deal, Charter’s video customers will
derive even greater benefit from the value of their multichannel subscription
model, including 24/7 live access to our content via the WATCH Disney services
and WatchESPN across more platforms than ever before, as well as other new and
advanced services.”

The extensive and expanded rights package for Video On Demand content to
Charter TV customers includes:

  *ABC On Demand, ABC’s fast-forward-disabled On Demand service, which
    currently features a selection of top-rated primetime entertainment
    programming, including episodes of such popular current ABC shows as
    “Castle,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Once Upon A Time,” “Private Practice” and
    “Revenge.” Full current seasons will be made available on a number of
  *ABC Family On Demand, which features a variety of top-rated full episodes,
    refreshed monthly, from such popular millennial favorites as “Switched at
    Birth,” “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” “Baby Daddy,”
    “Bunheads” and “Melissa & Joey.” Full current seasons will be made
    available on a number of shows. ABC Family original movies like
    “Mistle-Tones” will also be available.
  *Disney-branded On Demand offerings, including Disney Channel On Demand,
    Disney Junior On Demand, and Disney XD On Demand. Refreshed each month,
    the Disney Channel On Demand offering will include episodes from such
    series as “Handy Manny,” “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” and “Jake and the Never
    Land Pirates” for preschoolers, as well as variety of episodes from
    “A.N.T. Farm,” “Good Luck Charlie,” “Jessie,”and other popular series for
    older kids. Select episodes featured on Disney Channel On Demand will be
    available in innovative new offerings, such as playlists and monthly
    programming blocks, in addition to a number of episodes available in
    multiple languages. A variety of Disney Channel Original Movies will also
    be available. Disney XD On Demand features a selection of episodes from
    such series as the Emmy Award-winning animated hit “Phineas and Ferb,”
    “Pair of Kings" and "Kickin’ It."
  *Expanded On Demand content from ESPN, including award-winning original
    content from ESPN Films.

About Charter Communications

Charter (NASDAQ: CHTR) is a leading broadband communications company and the
fourth-largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full
range of advanced broadband services, including advanced Charter TV® video
entertainment programming, Charter Internet® access, and Charter Phone®.
Charter Business® similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective
broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as
business-to-business Internet access, data networking, business telephone,
video and music entertainment services, and wireless backhaul. Charter's
advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media®
brand. More information about Charter can be found at

About The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), together with its subsidiaries and
affiliates, is the world’s largest diversified international family
entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media
networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and
interactive media. Disney Media Networks comprise a vast array of The Walt
Disney Company’s broadcast, cable, radio and publishing businesses, including
Disney/ABC Television Group and ESPN, Inc. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had
annual revenues of $40.9 billion in its most recent fiscal year.


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Disney/ABC Television Group
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