Disney Adds ESPN, ABC, More Channels to PlayStation Vue
Nov 07 2015
Disney and ESPN Media Networks and Sony Network Entertainment global on Thursday unveiled an agreement to bring Disney's TV networks to PlayStation Vue, Sony's cloud-based TV service.
Disney's programming was a glaring omission when the Vue service launched in March, offering a few 50 channels for $50/month, though Sony said it was continuing to work on content deals at that time. Subscribers in markets with ABC-owned affiliates will automatically get those live feeds, though those living in markets where ABC doesn't own its local affiliates will have to opt-in to allow their feeds to be streamed through Vue. The Disney Channel and ABC Family will also be made available to the platform as part of the deal. Disney already has a deal with Dish Network's Sling TV to distribute the same channels over the Web, but the Sony deal is the first that offers the Disney channels on a multi-stream basis.
The Access level includes networks such as CBS, Fox, NBC, BET, FX and WE tv.
Under the pact, ESPN, ABC-owned local stations, Disney Channel, ABC Family and about a dozen other networks will join PlayStation Vue's lineup. Unlike Sling TV, which offers a cord cutter-friendly base package of around 20 popular channels for $20 per month, Vue came online with a more bloated selection, and a price to match.
Playstation Vue is now available in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco and Miami markets on either Playstation 4 or 3, or on Apple iPads and iPhones.
"PlayStation Vue provides a unique way to engage with our content and an opportunity to reach a segment of viewers who want a different kind of television experience", added Justin Connolly, EVP of affiliate sales and marketing, Disney and ESPN Media Networks. Select stations are also available nationwide through a la carte offerings.
In a press-release at ESPN MediaZone, PlayStation Vue head Dwayne Benefield said: "This deal demonstrates our continued commitment to offer the best content on TV to PlayStation Vue users".