Earlier today, word surfaced through The Wall Street Journal that Disney and Dish Network had just recently penned an agreement that would delay "Auto-Hop" functionality for ABC shows, and as a result, litigation against Dish Network would be dropped. The two companies have confirmed this today, but in addition have revealed one detail that hadn't previously surfaced: rights to stream ABC stations on an Internet TV service.
This is big news for the company, which has just scored the rights with Disney-owned ABC in order to launch an Internet-based television service. Says the press release, "The extensive and expanded distribution agreement grants DISH rights to stream cleared linear and video-on-demand content from the ABC-owned broadcast stations, ABC Family, Disney Channel, ESPN and ESPN2, as part of an Internet delivered, IP-based multichannel offering."
Unfortunately, the announcement didn't go into any more details about this specific aspect of the deal, leaving us waiting for more information about this "IP-based multichannel offering". It did go on to confirm the other details that were revealed by the WSJ, however, including the legal aspects and the three-day delay in auto-hop functionality.
Dish's President and CEO did seem to allude to it, however, saying, "The creation of this agreement has really been about predicting the future of television with a visionary and forward-leaning partner. Not only will the exceptional Disney, ABC, ESPN entertainment portfolio continue to delight our customers today, but we have a model from which to deliver exciting new services tomorrow."