Disney Strikes Multi-Platform Distribution Deal With Cox Communications

Agreement will bring approximately 70 Disney services, including WatchESPN, to Cox customers across a variety of formats

The Walt Disney Company has reached a multi-year, comprehensive distribution agreement with Cox Communications that will bring WatchESPN — which delivers live ESPN content to computers, mobile phones and tablets — and other Disney services to Cox customers, the companies said Thursday.

The deal also includes bringing Disney's WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney XD and WATCH Disney Junior services to to Cox customers starting next week.  WATCH ABC and WATCH ABC Family, which have yet to launch, will also be made available to Cox customers.

In all, approximately 70 Disney services are included under the agreement, which will make Disney content available to Cox customers via TV, computers, smartphones, tablets and other platforms.

The new agreement will also bring ESPNEWS and ESPN Classic to Cox's Cox TV Connect app, which allows customers to watch TV on their iPads and other i-gadgets.

“Coupled with our investment in our broadband network and the development of innovative services like Cox TV Connect and TV Online, we’re enabling our customers to access their favorite news, sports and entertainment video content whenever and wherever they want it," Cox senior vice president, chief marketing and sales officer Mark  Greatrex said of the pact.