The Walt Disney Company and AT&T U-verse Announce Broad Distribution Agreement

Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:00pm EST

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New Multi-Year Deal Provides Sports, News and Entertainment to AT&T U-verse
Customers In and Out of the Home

AT&T U-verse to add Full Suite of Authenticated WATCH Services
DALLAS & BRISTOL, Conn.--(Business Wire)--
AT&T U-verse®, the fastest growing television service provider in the country*,
and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) today announced a comprehensive
long-term distribution agreement to deliver Disney`s robust lineup of top
quality sports, news and entertainment content to AT&T U-verse TV customers
across televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and
internet-enabled televisions. The renewal agreement enhances the multichannel
business model and supports the companies` mutual goal to deliver the best video
content to customers across multiple platforms. 

As part of the new multi-year deal, AT&T U-verse will introduce several new
services, including the full suite of authenticated WATCH products, ESPN 3D,
ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, Disney Junior and the upcoming ABC
News/Univision Joint Venture, a 24/7 news, information and lifestyle
multi-platform network for English-dominant and bilingual Hispanics, the
youngest and fastest-growing demographic in the U.S. In total, approximately 70
services are covered by the broad scope of this agreement including: ABC, ABC
Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN
Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN 3D,
ESPN GamePlan, ESPN Full Court, ESPN3, The Longhorn Network, and retransmission
consent for WABC-TV, KABC-TV, WLS-TV, KGO-TV, KTRK-TV, WTVD-TV and KFSN-TV, as
well as more than 10 high-definition networks. 

AT&T U-verse customers will receive broad access to existing authenticated
products like WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney XD, WATCH Disney Junior and
WatchESPN (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater) as
well as the to-be-launched WATCH ABC and WATCH ABC Family services, through the
networks` own WATCH sites and apps as well as AT&T`s U-verse.com site and apps.
These products will give AT&T U-verse customers more opportunities to access
live and video on demand content, both in-home and out-of-home, on their
computers, smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles. ESPN3 will also be
available to any residential AT&T High Speed Internet customer, across screens
and devices. 

"We`re proud to deliver more Disney content and services to U-verse customers
across the screens they watch most," said Jeff Weber, President of Content and
Advertising Sales, AT&T Home Solutions. "Our U-verse customers expect access to
content when they want it, where they want it, and this renewal gives them more
value and access to a variety of live and on demand content in and outside the
home." 

Added David Preschlack, Executive Vice President, Affiliate Sales and Marketing,
Disney & ESPN Networks Group, "The renewal with AT&T U-verse - our seventh top
ten distributor agreement in just over two years - extends the value of the
multichannel subscription model with the addition of new networks and services
from The Walt Disney Company. Viewers are increasingly living in a multi-screen
world, and with this new deal, they will enjoy such benefits as live access to
content via the WATCH Disney and WatchESPN services across platforms." 

The extensive and expanded rights package for Video On Demand content to AT&T
U-verse TV customers includes:

* ABC On Demand, which currently features a selection of top-rated primetime
entertainment programming, including episodes of such popular current ABC shows
as "Castle," "Grey`s Anatomy," "Once Upon A Time," "Private Practice" and
"Revenge." Full current seasons will be made available on a number of shows. 
* ABC Family On Demand, which features a variety of top-rated full episodes,
refreshed monthly, from such popular millennial favorites as "Switched at
Birth," "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," "Baby Daddy," "Bunheads" and
"Melissa & Joey." Full current seasons will be made available on a number of
shows. ABC Family original movies like "Mistle-Tones" will also be available. 
* Disney-branded On Demand offerings, including Disney Channel On Demand, Disney
Junior On Demand, and Disney XD On Demand. Refreshed each month, the Disney
Channel On Demand offering will include episodes from such series as "Handy
Manny," "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse," and "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" for
preschoolers, as well as variety of episodes from "A.N.T. Farm," "Good Luck
Charlie," "Jessie," and other popular series for older kids. Select episodes
featured on Disney Channel On Demand will be available in innovative new
offerings, such as playlists and monthly programming blocks, in addition to a
number of episodes available in multiple languages. A variety of Disney Channel
Original Movies will also be available. Disney XD On Demand features a selection
of episodes from such series as the Emmy Award-winning animated hit "Phineas and
Ferb," "Pair of Kings" and "Kickin` It." 
* Expanded On Demand content from ESPN, including content from ESPN Deportes and
ESPN`s award-winning original content from ESPN Films.

* Claim based on comparison of major TV providers` percentage growth in
subscriber counts and national market share data over the last 12 quarters
combined. 

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the
most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T
operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States
and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes
the nation`s largest 4G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi,
high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile
Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S.
carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It
also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV
brands. The company`s suite of IP-based business communications services is one
of the most advanced in the world. 

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Geographic and service restrictions apply to AT&T U-verse. Call or go to
www.att.com/uverse to see if you qualify 

© 2013 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the AT&T logo and
all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property
and/or AT&T affiliated companies. 

About The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), together with its subsidiaries and
affiliates, is the world`s largest diversified international family
entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks,
parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive
media. Disney Media Networks comprise a vast array of The Walt Disney Company`s
broadcast, cable, radio and publishing businesses, including Disney/ABC
Television Group and ESPN, Inc. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual
revenues of $42.3 billion in its most recent fiscal year.

AT&T
Jill Rountree, 512-495-7186
jill.rountree@fleishman.com
or
Disney/ABC Television Group
Kevin Brockman, 818-460-6655
kevin.m.brockman@disney.com
or
Karen Hobson, 818-569-7789
karen.hobson@disney.com
or
ESPN, Inc.
Katina Arnold, 860-766-7463
katina.arnold@espn.com
or
Amy Phillips, 646-547-5614
amy.phillips@espn.com

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