Disney, Cable Companies Strike Retrans Deal for ABC-Owned Stations

Companies had come to a multiplatform distribution agreement in August

Last Updated: December 22, 2014 @ 2:35 PM

The National Cable Television Cooperative and The Walt Disney Company have entered their first longterm retransmission consent agreement for the latter’s eight local ABC stations — and everyone is “pleased.”

Judy Meyka, NCTC executive vice president of Programming, said, “We are pleased to have reached, for the first time, a retransmission consent agreement with the Walt Disney Company that supports our Members’ efforts to competitively offer their customers the ABC-owned broadcast station programming in these critical television markets.”

“We are pleased for the first time ever to work with NCTC to expand our long relationship to now include an agreement for retransmission consent for the eight ABC-owned broadcast stations,” added David Preschlack, Executive Vice President, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Disney & ESPN Networks. “NCTC and its members clearly value the important role our highly-rated ABC stations play in their local communities, and we look forward to providing compelling and meaningful content for their customers.”

Additionally, NCTC members in ABC-owned markets will retain the ability to provide the authenticated Watch ABC live streaming service to their customers.

In August, Disney and NCTC agreed to a longterm multiplatform distribution agreement.

Here are the stations included in the new deal:
WABC-TV in New York City
KABC-TV in Los Angeles
WLS-TV in Chicago
WPVI-TV in Philadelphia
KGO-TV in San Francisco
WTVD-TV in Raleigh-Durham
KTRK-TV in Houston
KFSN in Fresno