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Disney, Charter reach carriage deal; streaming rights, former Fox nets covered

Charter Communications Inc. and Walt Disney Co. struck a new multiyear distribution agreement to deliver an expanding portfolio of Disney-owned sports, news and entertainment content to Spectrum customers, including via new streaming platforms.

The new deal expands upon the companies' previous agreement and will allow Spectrum to distribute Disney's direct-to-consumer offerings Hulu LLC, ESPN+ and the soon-to-launch Disney+.

Charter's Spectrum TV also will offer customers access to ESPN (US)'s upcoming ACC Network, a 24/7 national network dedicated to Atlantic Coast Conference sports that will launch Aug. 22.

The deal allows Spectrum TV to continue providing its customers access to Disney-owned networks including ABC (US), Disney Channel (US), Disney Junior (US), Disney XD (US), Freeform (US), ESPN2 (US), ESPNU (US), ESPNews (US), SEC Network (US) and Longhorn Network (US), as well as newly acquired networks such as FX, FXX (US), FXM (US), FOX Life (US), National Geographic Channel (US) and Nat Geo WILD (US).

Additionally, Disney and Charter agreed to work together on piracy mitigation. The two companies plan to implement business rules and techniques to address issues such as unauthorized access and password sharing.