Select Comcast subscribers are now (or soon) able to watch the Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior networks broadcast live online. The channels will eventually be offered to all Comcast Xfinity customers who subscribe to them at no additional charge, but for now it appears to be in private testing.
The channels will eventually be accessible via WATCHDISNEYCHANNEL.COM, WATCHDISNEYXD.COM and WATCHDISNEYJUNIOR.COM respectively, along with apps for Apple iPhone and iPad devices as well as Android devices. In addition to watching the channels live, eligible viewers will also have the opportunity to watch select shows and movies before they air.
While the site promises that Disney Channel is actively seeking other cable providers to extend the online service to, those who aren’t eligible (which includes non-Disney Channel subscribers) are able to watch full episodes of the channels’ most popular series beginning a few weeks after the show has aired on the premium access channels.
Additionally, the service allows customers to watch the channels anywhere WiFi internet access is available, as long as it’s within the United States or its territories.
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services, and ESPN today announced an agreement to provide ESPN 3D to Comcast’s Digital Cable customers, to bring top sports events to consumers in next-generation 3D. Comcast is the first cable affiliate to sign on to distribute ESPN’s new network that will launch on June 11 and will include nearly 100 events in its first year.
“As a leader in the distribution of innovative content, it’s fitting that Comcast is the first cable distributor for ESPN 3D,” said George Bodenheimer, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks, and president, ESPN and ABC Sports. “This agreement demonstrates ESPN’s and Comcast’s shared commitment to bring the latest viewing experience to sports fans.”
“ESPN was a pioneer in HD, and continues to move the industry forward with the first 3D sports network,” said Brian L. Roberts, chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation. “We delivered the first live national 3D sports event to consumers homes earlier this year with the Masters Tournament and believe that 3D sports will drive the adoption of this technology and continue to revolutionize how we deliver entertainment.”
In addition, Comcast and ESPN will provide customers access to select ESPN 3D events on VOD.
ESPN 3D will sign on the air June 11 with the first 2010 FIFA World Cup match featuring South Africa versus Mexico. ESPN 3D will feature up to 25 matches throughout the World Cup. Along with college football and NBA games, schedule highlights for the new network include:
- X Games 16, July 28-Aug. 1
- College basketball’s Old Spice Classic, Nov. 25-28
- College football’s ACC Championship on Dec. 4
- Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 7
- 2011 BCS National Championship game Jan. 10, 2011
- Winter X Games 15, Jan. 27-30, 2011
- College basketball’s Big East Tournament, March 8-12, 2011