Finally, the day has come where Time Warner Cable
and Bright House Networks
cable customers can finally access ESPN3.com
. Well, not really as the restrictions do not appear to be lifted, but soon. For this to happen, Time Warner and Disney/ABC/ESPN came to a new long-term, wide-ranging agreement. In addition to subscribers gaining access to ESPN3.com, customers will also have access to several new services including Disney Junior, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Deportes HD, ESPN 3D, and expanded video on-demand offerings including ABC on-demand.
The extensive and expanded rights package, Disney Media Network’s most expansive content agreement to date, provides for:
The addition of ESPN3.com, ESPN's live sports broadband network, which will be available to all Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks subscribers who get ESPN. ESPN3.com gives Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks fans a 24/7 online destination that delivers more than 3,500 live, global sports events annually as part of TV Everywhere. This addition also gives Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks the rights to feature cleared content from ESPN3.com on its sports tier. We have not heard any word yet how long it will take for this to get activated. Currently, ESPN3.com is still blocking Time Warner cable customers.
Another new online TV feature is that Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks subscribers will gain access to a new authenticated service, which will give the opportunity to watch the linear networks ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU through their Internet services as well as mobile Internet devices, like an iPad. Details on the launch will be forthcoming.
A new service, developed with Time Warner Cable, called ESPN Goal Line; a super-highlight channel that will be available only to Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks sports tier subscribers as early as September 4. ESPN Goal Line will take fans around the best matchups each Saturday during the NCAA football season. The once-a-week network will include live look-ins to game action focusing on scoring drives and up-to-the minute commentary from analysts and experts. A similar service called ESPN Buzzer Beater will be available for the college basketball season.
The recently announced Disney Junior, a new 24-hour basic channel for preschool-age children, parents and caregivers. Available to Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks cable customers upon its debut in 2012, the new channel will feature animated and live action programming which blends Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and beloved characters with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles and social skills.
Expanded VOD services in many markets will include:
ABC On Demand, ABC’s fast forward-disabled VOD service which currently features a selection of primetime programming, including episodes of such popular ABC shows as “Castle,” “Grey's Anatomy,” “Private Practice,” and “Desperate Housewives.” Anticipated newcomers include “No Ordinary Family” and “My Generation.” Additionally, episodes of ABC News’ “Good Morning America” are available each week.
Disney-branded On Demand offerings for kids, including Disney Channel On Demand and Disney XD On Demand. Refreshed each month, the Disney Channel VOD offering will include episodes from such series as “Handy Manny,” “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Special Agent Oso” for preschoolers, as well as variety of episodes from “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Hannah Montana,” “The Suite Life on Deck,” “Good Luck Charlie” and other popular series for older kids. Select episodes featured on Disney Channel On Demand will be available in multiple languages. Disney XD On Demand features a variety of episodes from such series as the Emmy Award-winning animated hit “Phineas and Ferb” and “Kick Buttowski – Suburban Daredevil,” as well as the upcoming sitcom “Pair of Kings.”
Locally relevant sports content from ESPN in several Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks markets, including Los Angeles, New York, North and South Carolina, Tampa, Orlando, Texas and Ohio.
The subscription VOD service “Disney Family Movies” which features a selection of classic and contemporary films and animated shorts from The Walt Disney Studios.
A new transactional VOD service for select content from the Disney/ABC Television Group.
Inclusion of a variety of content from across the Disney Media Networks’ portfolio on Time Warner Cable’s and Bright House Networks Start Over and Look Back features.
The addition of ESPN Deportes HD to Time Warner Cable’s larger footprint.
The launch of ESPN 3D to Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks’ systems.
A Time Warner Cable/ESPN Deportes co-branded, Spanish language sports website in Los Angeles.
Availability of ESPN Radio feeds in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas to Time Warner Cable’s video platform.
A plethora of ESPN-branded content made available on Time Warner Cable’s and Bright House Networks’ sports tier.