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Disney, Altice USA strike new distribution deal

It is official: Altice USA Inc. and Walt Disney Co. struck a multiyear comprehensive distribution agreement for the carriage of Disney networks across multiple platforms.

Pursuant to the deal, Altice USA's Optimum video customers will continue to have access to WABC, Disney Channel (US), Disney Junior (US), Disney XD (US), ESPN (US), ESPN2 (US), ESPNU (US), ESPNews (US), ESPN Deportes (US), ESPN Goal Line (US), ESPN Bases Loaded (US), ESPN3 and Freeform (US). Optimum will also provide its customers additional multiplatform, digital and expanded on-demand content from Disney.

Additionally, Optimum users will get access to ESPN's SEC Network (US) in late 2018, while ACC Network will be launched in August 2019, in place of another ESPN network. The two companies also plan to partner on ESPN's direct-to-consumer platform, which is expected to launch early 2018, and will leverage Altice USA's data analytics platform, according to an Oct. 5 news release.

Further, Optimum customers will continue to have both live and on-demand streaming access to existed authenticated apps like ABC, Freeform, DisneyNOW and ESPN.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Altice NV owns Altice USA.