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Disney and ESPN to join PlayStation Vue cloud-based live TV service


The complete Disney and ESPN Media networks – including ESPN, ABC owned location stations, Disney Channel, and Freeform will soon be available to stream to your TV via the PlayStation Vue service from Sony. This will be the first time that all Disney/ESPN channels will be available to watch outside of a cable subscription.

Users will be able to watch content from Disney and ESPN Media Networks on a pay TV service over the Internet, using the following unique features offered by PlayStation Vue.

On Demand Offering – PlayStation Vue will have an extensive library of video on-demand content from Disney and ESPN Media Networks, including the ability to “catch up” on content within the past three days without the need to record or tag their favorite show. ABC primetime programming also will be offered on-demand in all cities where PlayStation Vue multi-channel packages are available.

Unmatched Viewing Experience – PlayStation Vue makes it easy to watch more and search less with an intuitive interface that seamlessly blends live and on-demand content, offers powerful search and discovery tools, and enables viewers to rewind, pause, or fast forward content.

Simultaneous Streaming – With a single PlayStation Vue subscription, users can simultaneously stream content across multiple devices both in and out of the home.

“PlayStation Vue provides a unique way to engage with our content and an opportunity to reach a segment of viewers who want a different kind of television experience,” said Justin Connolly, EVP of Affiliate Sales & Marketing, Disney and ESPN Media Networks. “The addition of our content to the PlayStation Vue platform will make the offering more compelling as consumers navigate their video options.”

Disney CEO Bob Iger has said that the company is considering all options to make sure it’s programming is available to viewers, even if they’ve cut the cord to their local cable service. This is the largest step in that direction so far.

Disney and ESPN Media Networks will offer the following networks on PlayStation Vue:

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

Additional details, including launch timing, will be announced at a later time. Chime in cord-cutters, and future cord-cutters, does this sound like a good deal to you?