Verizon stirs in Watch Disney, Watch ABC to TVE mix
Verizon’s FiOS subscribers can now tap into the “Watch” authenticated services from Disney and ABC thanks to a new TV Everywhere agreement.
The expanded agreement between Verizon and the Disney and ESPN Media Networks Group covers Watch ABC, Disney Channel, Watch Disney XD and Watch Disney Junior, as well as the soon to be launched Watch ABC Family service.
Verizon also gained access to Fusion, the upcoming news, information and lifestyle multiplatform network for Hispanics, the youngest and fastest growing demographic in the U.S. The English-language joint venture from ABC and Univision is set to launch later this year.
"Adding Watch Disney and Watch ABC programming today, as well as the Fusion and Watch ABC Family offerings soon, is the perfect addition to our 'TV Everywhere' lineup for FiOS customers, now up to 53 partner channels," said Maitreyi Krishnaswamy, director of FiOS TV product strategy and development. "Whether you are watching your favorite shows in the family room, in the car, on vacation, on the plane or at grandma's house, TV Everywhere is what it's all about. And nothing says family and FiOS like Disney."
With a broadband connection, FiOS TV customers can log on to their “My Verizon” portal with their user name and password to watch the video content on laptops, and Apple or Android tablets or smart phones. FiOS customers now have access to 53 TV Everywhere channels with the Watch ABC and Disney additions.
FiOS subscribers can also access the content through the various Watch web portals of ABC and Disney.
Cablevision, AT&T, Cox Communications, Comcast, Charter Communications, and Midcontinent Communications also have similar TV Everywhere deals in place with Disney and ESPN.