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DISNEY AND SUDDENLINK ANNOUNCE MULTI-YEAR DISTRIBUTION PACT

     (The following press release from ESPN was received by e-mail. The sender  verified the statement.)  THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY AND SUDDENLINK ANNOUNCE BROAD MULTI-YEAR DISTRIBUTION  AGREEMENT  New Deal Provides Sports, News and Entertainment to Suddenlink Customers In and  Out of the Home  Suddenlink to Add Upcoming SEC Network at Launch and Longhorn Network in Time  for Football Season  Full Suite of Authenticated WATCH Services and Fusion to Launch Beginning this  Fall  ST. LOUIS, MO and BRISTOL, CT -- AUGUST 4, 2014 -- Suddenlink and The Walt  Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) today announced a broad multi-year distribution  agreement to deliver Disney's robust lineup of top quality sports, news and  entertainment content to Suddenlink TV customers across televisions, computers,  smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected devices. The renewal  agreement enhances the multichannel business model and supports the companies'  mutual goal to deliver the best video content to customers across multiple  platforms.  "A number of our customers have expressed interest in the SEC and Longhorn  Networks, and a sizable majority have told us how much they value Disney  networks like ESPN and ABC Family," said Kathy Payne, Suddenlink Senior Vice  President and Chief Programming Officer.  "We're very pleased we can provide  those customers what they've said they want, and we'd like to specially thank  the SEC and Longhorn fans who contacted us for their enthusiasm and patience,  as we worked with Disney to complete this comprehensive, long-term agreement."  "Suddenlink TV customers will benefit greatly from this latest multi-year  renewal agreement," added Sean  Breen<http://espnmediazone.com/us/bios/breen_sean/>, Senior Vice President,  Affiliate Sales, Disney & ESPN Networks Group.  "Not only will they continue to  receive top quality content from Disney and ESPN networks ahead of the new fall  programming slate and upcoming football season, but also additional, highly  sought after services."  As part of the new multi-year deal, Suddenlink will introduce several new  services, including the upcoming SEC Network at launch on August 14 and  Longhorn Network, beginning with the 2014-15 college football season.  In  addition, beginning this fall, Suddenlink plans to introduce Fusion and the  full suite of authenticated WATCH services, including WatchESPN.  Continuing  services 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, ESPN3, video-on-demand services and retransmission  consent for KABC-TV in Los Angeles, WTVD-TV in Raleigh-Durham, KTRK-TV in  Houston and KFSN-TV in Fresno.  About Suddenlink  Suddenlink (suddenlink.com<http://www.suddenlink.com/>) is the seventh largest  cable operator in the United States, supporting the information, communication  and entertainment demands of approximately 1.4 million residential and  commercial customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas,  West Virginia and elsewhere. Suddenlink simplifies its customers' lives through  one call for support, one connection, and one bill for TV, Internet, phone and  other services.  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.  (rml) NY    
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