Agreement Marks the First Time All Disney/ABC and ESPN Channels Will Be Available on a Multi-Stream Pay TV Service Over the Internet with PlayStation Vue’s Unique Streaming Features
BURBANK and SAN MATEO, Calif. – November 5, 2015 – Disney and ESPN Media Networks and Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (SNEI) today announced an agreement to bring the company’s media networks to PlayStation™Vue, the pioneering cloud-based live TV service. Disney will offer ESPN, ABC-owned local stations, Disney Channel, ABC Family, and more networks on PlayStation Vue with the service’s unique features, including the ability to play multiple streams from one account and a powerful, intuitive user interface. In addition, local ABC affiliate stations will also have the opportunity to opt-in to the PlayStation Vue service with their live linear programming.
“This deal demonstrates our continued commitment to offer the best content on TV to PlayStation Vue users,” said Dwayne Benefield, Vice President, Head of PlayStation Vue, at SNEI. “The addition of Disney and ESPN’s primetime programming and live marquee sports to our portfolio ensures subscribers will have access to the most popular network programming on television today. We’re also proud to be the first Internet-based pay TV service to offer Disney’s networks with the streaming features that set PlayStation Vue apart from the industry, making TV viewing a more enjoyable experience for the whole household.”
Added Justin Connolly, EVP of Affiliate Sales & Marketing, Disney and ESPN Media Networks, “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. The addition of our content to the PlayStation Vue platform will make the offering more compelling as consumers navigate their video options.”
Users will be able to watch content from Disney and ESPN Media Networks on a pay TV service over the Internet, using the following unique features offered by PlayStation Vue.
· On Demand Offering – PlayStation Vue will have an extensive library of video on-demand content from Disney and ESPN Media Networks, including the ability to “catch up” on content within the past three days without the need to record or tag their favorite show. ABC primetime programming also will be offered on-demand in all cities where PlayStation Vue multi-channel packages are available.
· Unmatched Viewing Experience – PlayStation Vue makes it easy to watch more and search less with an intuitive interface that seamlessly blends live and on-demand content, offers powerful search and discovery tools, and enables viewers to rewind, pause, or fast forward content.
· Simultaneous Streaming – With a single PlayStation Vue subscription, users can simultaneously stream content across multiple devices both in and out of the home.
Additional details, including launch timing, will be announced at a later time. Disney and ESPN Media Networks will offer the following networks on PlayStation Vue:
· ABC Owned Stations Group
· ABC Family (becoming Freeform in January)
· Disney Channel
· Disney Junior
· Disney XD
· ESPN College Extra
· ESPN Deportes
· ESPN Classic
· ESPN Goal Line
· ESPN Buzzer Beater
· ESPN Bases Loaded
· Longhorn Network
· SEC-ESPN Network
About PlayStation Vue
PlayStation Vue provides live and on-demand TV content and cloud DVR, with a powerful user interface that delivers unprecedented personalization and simplicity. PlayStation Vue is currently available for users on PlayStation®4 (PS4™) and PlayStation®3 (PS3™), as well as iPad® and iPhone® through the PlayStation Vue mobile app. PlayStation Vue offers viewers a robust multi-channel package of popular networks and channels in the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, and Miami TV markets. Standalone network channels are also available to users via PlayStation Vue’s nationwide a la carte offering.
For more information, please visit: http://www.psvue.com
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 $48.8 billion in its Fiscal Year 2014.
About Sony Network Entertainment International LLC
Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (SNEI) founded in April 2010, drives the vision, strategy and execution for network services across Sony Group, to offer consumers compelling, connected entertainment experiences across a variety of network enabled devices. Headquartered out of San Mateo, California SNEI's operations span globally across San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, London, Tokyo and more. Through PlayStation®Network, SNEI offers a bevy of premium entertainment services including PlayStation®Store, PlayStation®Plus, PlayStation™Vue, PlayStation™Video, PlayStation™Music and more. With over 65 million active users on PlayStation®Network and 351 billion yen in fiscal year 2014 revenues, SNEI is a core Sony business which continues to grow at breakneck speed as a leading provider of cutting edge digital entertainment experiences.