ESPN Finally Arrives On fuboTV With Disney Distribution Deal


By Jonathan Easton

June continues to be a busy month for FaceBank-owned OTT streamer fuboTV with the latest news of a distribution agreement with Disney.

The deal will mean that users of the sports-oriented fuboTV will finally have access to ESPN’s channels – channels which have been notably absent from the cord-cutter to date.

Subscribers of the fubo Standard base package will have live and VOD access to: ABC, ABC News Live, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Freeform, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, in-market for SEC Network and ACC Network, FX, FXX, and National Geographic. Additional networks will also be available on fuboTV’s other packages including out-of-market for SEC Network and ACC Network, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, FXM, Fox Life, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo, and BabyTV.

Co-founder and CEO of fuboTV David Gandler said: “With the addition to our lineup of the ESPN suite of channels, we continue to make good on our promise to sports fans to be the undisputed home of professional and college sports. fubo is equally delighted to add the storied Disney, ABC, FX and Nat Geo networks to round out a robust programming portfolio for the whole family to enjoy.”

Head of content strategy and acquisition, fuboTV, Ben Grad said: “Launching Disney’s networks strengthens our sports-focused live TV platform and brings a diverse range of content for the entire family. Our base package offers consumers significant value, while consumers who want even more great sports and entertainment content can access it with our premium packages. As live sports return but without spectators, streaming games at home will be even more important than ever. We’re thrilled to bring more sports, as well as entertainment and news, to our consumers this summer.”

Added EVP, Platform Distribution, Disney Media Networks, Sean Breen: “Adding Disney’s array of networks across news, sports and entertainment content with ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN, FX, and Nat Geo delivers a more comprehensive channel lineup and tremendous value to customers’ subscriptions. With fuboTV’s multiple access points across all major streaming platforms and a competitive price point, we continue to serve a growing audience that consumes video on multiple screens and attract new customers into the pay TV ecosystem.”

The announcement comes during a busy June where fuboTV launched on Xbox One and hired Diana Horowitz to head up its ad sales. The platform was acquired by virtual entertainment company FaceBank Group in April for an undisclosed fee.

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