Verizon and the Disney and ESPN Media Networks Group Expand Agreement to Make 'WATCH Disney' and 'WATCH ABC' Services Available

Verizon and the Disney and ESPN Media Networks Group Expand Agreement to Make
   'WATCH Disney' and 'WATCH ABC' Services Available to FiOS TV Subscribers

FiOS TV to Also Add Fusion, the Upcoming 24/7 ABC/Univision Joint Venture,
Upon Its Launch Later this Year

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, July 18, 2013

NEW YORK, July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Verizon and the Disney and ESPN Media
Networks Group today announced that an agreement has been reached to provide
Verizon FiOS customers the new authenticated services WATCH ABC, WATCH Disney
Channel, WATCH Disney XD and WATCH Disney Junior, as well as the
yet-to-be-launched WATCH ABC Family service.

Verizon will also add Fusion, the upcoming news, information and lifestyle
multiplatform network for Hispanics, the youngest and fastest-growing
demographic in the U.S. The English-language joint venture from ABC and
Univision is set to launch later this year.

"Adding WATCH Disney and WATCH ABC programming today, as well as the Fusion
and WATCH ABC Family offerings soon, is the perfect addition to our 'TV
Everywhere' lineup for FiOS customers, now up to 53 partner channels," said
Maitreyi Krishnaswamy, director of FiOS TV product strategy and development.
"Whether you are watching your favorite shows in the family room, in the car,
on vacation, on the plane or at grandma's house, TV Everywhere is what it's
all about. And nothing says family and FiOS like Disney."

David Preschlack, executive vice president, affiliate sales and marketing,
Disney and ESPN Networks Group, said,"As our portfolio of services has
expanded to include innovative authenticated services as well as the upcoming
launch of Fusion later this year, we're pleased to broaden our existing
long-term agreement with Verizon. There has been much consumer demand for the
new authenticated WATCH Disney and WATCH ABC products, and we're excited to
make them available to FiOS customers starting today."

With access to a broadband connection, FiOS TV customers can log on to the My
Verizon portal and with their user name and password, watch a variety of
programming from the WATCH ABC and WATCH Disney offerings simply by clicking
on their program of choice, anywhere they wish -- on laptops, Apple or Android
tablets or smart phones. FiOS customers now have access to 53 TV Everywhere
channels with the WATCH ABC and Disney additions.

In addition to accessing content through FiOS TV Online, FiOS subscribers can
access authenticated content through the WATCH ABC, WATCH Disney Channel,
WATCH Disney XD and WATCH Disney Junior apps; as well as online at,, and

The new services included in the agreement are:

  oThe recently launched authenticated WATCH ABC service -- which is
    currently available in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, San
    Francisco and Raleigh-Durham -- with launches planned for Houston and
    Fresno, Calif., this fall. The new service, for the first time, provides
    viewers with live access to their favorite ABC shows and local market
    programming, as well as a variety of on-demand content, in more ways than
    ever before at home and on-the-go around town. In addition to allowing
    live linear streaming of viewers' local ABC stations, the new service will
    include the great, on-demand full-episode viewing experience that the ABC
    Full-Episode Player and ABC Player app have offered online and via tablets
    and phones. Viewers can access WATCH ABC online at or by
    downloading the WATCH ABC app on their iOS and Kindle Fire devices, as
    well as on select Android tablets.
  oThe suite of authenticated WATCH Disney products including WATCH Disney
    Channel, WATCH Disney XD and WATCH Disney Junior. Downloaded more than 15
    million times in the past year, the three WATCH Disney products provide
    authenticated users with access to live, linear network streams as well as
    an extensive offering of advantaged window on-demand episodes.
  oFusion, the ABC-Univision English-language joint venture, scheduled to
    launch later this year. Capitalizing on Univision's news leadership and
    expertise in reaching U.S. Hispanics and ABC's global news leadership to
    serve more than 50 million Hispanics, Fusion's programming will focus on
    the issues most relevant for U.S. Hispanics, including the economy,
    entertainment, music, food, immigration, pop culture, education, politics,
    and health and wellness.

These new services will join FiOS TV's broad collection of programming, with
more than 575 all-digital channels including up to 165 HD channels and more
than 65,000 monthly video-on-demand titles. FiOS also provides
next-generation interactive services including an advanced interactive media
guide; social networking, news and entertainment widgets; remote DVR
management via broadband or cell phone; and more.

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Contact: Verizon: Bob Elek, 813-978-6786,, or Deidre
Mulcahy-Hart, 908-559-3483,; or Disney/ABC
Television Group: Karen Hobson, 818-569-7789,
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