Watch Out, Netflix: Dish Steps Up With Disney Deal
Making good on the agreement just weeks after it was announced, The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS) and DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH) announced Tuesday that they will be unveiling WATCH Disney products and shows to DISH customers throughout the U.S. DISH customers will now have access to WATCH ABC, WATCH ABC Family, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney XD, and WATCH ESPN, according to a press release.
Early last month the two companies announced a multiyear distribution deal in which Disney promised that DISH would have the rights to live-streaming content from Disney and Disney-owned media outlets, like ABC and ESPN. The deal “removes the risk of a blackout … and provides opportunities for incremental revenue [for Disney] with the inclusion of video on-demand,” wrote Drew Crum, an analyst at Stifel who spoke with USA Today following the deal’s announcement. It also means that Netflix subscription might look a little less appealing to subscribers who already have access to Disney-owned content without it.
According to the company’s website, WATCH Disney is “a new way to watch full episodes of your favorite Disney Channel shows online through your computer, laptop, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or Kindle Fire. Full episodes ON DEMAND — watch anytime, anywhere.”