Verizon and The Walt Disney Company Sign Long-Term Programming - PRNewswire 09/21/05
Press Release from PRNewswire - September 21, 2005
Verizon and The Walt Disney Company Sign Long-Term Programming Agreement
Verizon FiOS TV to Offer 12 Disney and ESPN Networks on Expanded Basic As Well
As Broadband Products ABC News Now, Disney Connection, ESPN360 and More
Agreement Includes Cooperative Plan to Help Curb Internet Piracy of
Disney's Copyrighted Material
NEW YORK and BURBANK, Calif. -- Verizon and The Walt Disney Company today
announced a long-term, wide-ranging programming agreement for multiple Disney
and ESPN networks and services.
Under the agreement, Verizon will carry 12 television services on Verizon
FiOS TV's expanded basic, including ABC Family, ABC News Now, Disney Channel,
ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD, Toon Disney and
SOAPnet. Verizon will also be granted retransmission consent of ABC's owned
and operated television stations as part of the agreement.
"This is a significant step forward in the effort toward inter-industry
cooperation in addressing the serious problem of copyright infringement over
the Internet. At the same time, Verizon continues its commitment to
protecting the privacy of Verizon subscribers and only providing identifying
information about such subscribers in response to subpoenas properly issued by
the courts," said Ivan Seidenberg, chairman and CEO of Verizon.
"At Disney we are committed to providing our content on multiple platforms
so that consumers have choice and flexibility when making their entertainment
decisions. We commend Verizon for doing its part in promoting legitimate
channels for content distribution and for its leadership in helping curb
Internet-based copyright infringement," said Robert A. Iger, president, COO
and CEO-Elect, The Walt Disney Company. "Working together to address piracy we
can help to ensure that the same content Verizon is distributing legally under
this deal will not be downloaded illegally."