The Walt Disney Company and the National Cable Television Cooperative Announce Robust Long-Term Distribution Agreement

  The Walt Disney Company and the National Cable Television Cooperative
  Announce Robust Long-Term Distribution Agreement

   NCTC to add Full Suite of Authenticated WATCH Services, Video-On-Demand
   Products, Fusion, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Bases Loaded,
                  Longhorn Network and Upcoming SEC Network

Business Wire

LENEXA, Kan. & BRISTOL, Conn. -- August 1, 2014

The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) and The Walt Disney Company
(NYSE: DIS) today announced a comprehensive multi-year distribution agreement
to deliver Disney’s robust lineup of top quality sports, news and
entertainment content to participating NCTC members’ customers across TVs,
computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected devices. The
cable co-op serves nearly 1,000 member companies across the United States.

“NCTC is pleased to again offer our members access to top-tier sports and
family channels under our new agreement with Disney & ESPN Networks Group. The
addition of the SEC Network, Longhorn Network and digital platformrights
helps strengthen the long-term partnership and enhances the value the
agreement brings to members,” commented Judy Meyka, Executive Vice President
of Programming, NCTC.

“Customers of the NCTC member companies will benefit greatly from this latest
renewal deal,” added David Preschlack, Executive Vice President, Affiliate
Sales and Marketing, Disney & ESPN Networks Group. “Not only will they
continue to receive the great content we deliver across our networks, but also
the added value of accessing that content on digital platforms with our WATCH
products, choosing when to watch them with video-on-demand services and a
lineup of new channels including Fusion, the upcoming SEC Network launching on
August 14, Longhorn Network, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater and ESPN Bases
Loaded.”

As part of the new multi-year deal, the NCTC will introduce several new
services, including the full suite of authenticated WATCH and video-on-demand
products, Fusion, the upcoming SEC Network at launch on August 14, Longhorn
Network beginning with the 2014-15 college football season, ESPN Goal Line,
ESPN Buzzer Beater and ESPN Bases Loaded. Services that will continue to be
covered by the broad scope of this agreement include: ABC Family, Disney
Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS,
ESPN Classic and ESPN3.

Participating NCTC members’ customers will receive broad access to existing
authenticated products like WATCH ABC authenticated on-demand content, WATCH
ABC Family, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Junior, WATCH Disney XD and
WatchESPN (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPN Goal Line,
ESPN Buzzer Beater and ESPN Bases Loaded) through the networks’ own WATCH
sites and apps.These products will give customers more opportunities to
access live and video-on-demand content, both in-home and out-of-home, on
their computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected devices.

About the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC)

The National Cable Television Cooperative, Inc. (NCTC) is a Kansas
not-for-profit corporation that operates as a programming and hardware
purchasing organization for its member companies who own and operate cable
systems throughout the U.S. and its territories. NCTC seeks to maximize
current and future opportunities to ensure the profitability, competitive
stature and long term sustainability of its member companies.

About The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a
leading diversified international entertainment and media enterprise with five
business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment,
consumer products and interactive. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual
revenues of $45 billion in its Fiscal Year 2013.

Contact:

NCTC
Dan Mulvenon, 913-310-1509
dmulvenon@nctconline.org
or
Disney/ABC Television Group
Karen Hobson, 818-460-7044
karen.hobson@disney.com
or
ESPN, Inc.
Katina Arnold, 860-766-7463
katina.arnold@espn.com
 
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