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Disney And ESPN Channels Coming To PlayStation Vue Streaming Service

by Mike Futter on Nov 05, 2015 at 04:02 AM

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Sony has announced a partnership with Disney to bring a slate of channels to its streaming television service, PlayStation Vue. The deal includes ESPN and ABC channels.

No release timing has been announced for the set of networks, which includes the following:

  • ABC Owned Stations Group
  • ABC Family (becoming Freeform in January)
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN College Extra
  • ESPNU
  • ESPNEWS
  • ESPN Deportes
  • ESPN Classic
  • ESPN Goal Line
  • ESPN Buzzer Beater
  • ESPN Bases Loaded
  • Fusion
  • Longhorn Network
  • SEC-ESPN Network

The partnership includes on-demand programming, as well as the option for live television from a local ABC affiliate. Currently, PlayStation Vue is available in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, and Miami.

Release timing for the ABC, Disney, and ESPN programming has not yet been announced. The service currently includes all three of the other major networks (CBS, NBC, and FOX), key cable networks (USA, SyFy, Comedy Central), and other 24-hour news stations (FOX News, MSNBC, CNN). PlayStation Vue is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and iOS.

 

Our Take
There is an ongoing race to win over cord-cutters that requires a comprehensive slate of programming and convenience. PlayStation Vue doesn’t yet have ubiquity on devices, but this is a huge get on the programming side. Should Sony manage to expand to other set-top devices, this will become far more attractive.