Disney and DIRECTV announced a partnership on Thursday that will bring ESPN, as well as ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD to subscribers to the satellite television service as part of a new multi-year deal.
In addition, live programming from across the ESPN platform is included:
Live events and programming from ESPN networks – including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, Longhorn Network, SEC Network and SEC Network + – are now accessible. ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater will also be available on WatchESPN when those channels are in season. Customers will need to log in with their DIRECTV online IDs and passwords to access all services.
This agreement will have far-reaching impact on a significant portion of the ESPN audience, as it allows for patrons to take in games and original programming via non-television platforms. Customers subscribed to DirecTV will also be able to watch ESPN programming through the WatchESPN app on supported mobile devices.
WatchESPN programming will also be available through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku and through Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Specific monetary details were not disclosed.