NCTC signs retrans deal with Disney for 8 ABC stations

The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) has announced its first-ever broadcast retransmission agreement with The Walt Disney Company, a deal that covers eight stations in major markets including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

The Kansas-based NCTC, which represents hundreds of small cable systems, announced in August a broad-reaching carriage agreement with Disney, which included TV Everywhere rights and a number of ESPN satellite channels, among other outlets.

The new multiyear retrans agreement covers WABC-TV in New York City, KABC-TV in Los Angeles, WLS-TV in Chicago, WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, KGO-TV in San Francisco, WTVD-TV in Raleigh-Durham, KTRK-TV in Houston and KFSN-TV in Fresno, Calif.

The more than 950 companies affiliated with NCTC will be able to continue providing their customers access to Watch ABC live streaming, as well.

"We are pleased to have reached, for the first time, a retransmission consent agreement with the Walt Disney Company that supports our members' efforts to competitively offer their customers the ABC owned broadcast station programming in these critical television markets," Judy Meyka, NCTC executive VP of programming, said in a statement.

"We are pleased for the first time ever to work with NCTC to expand our long relationship to now include an agreement for retransmission consent for the eight ABC-owned broadcast stations," added David Preschlack, executive VP, affiliate sales and marketing, Disney & ESPN Networks. "NCTC and its members clearly value the important role our highly-rated ABC stations play in their local communities, and we look forward to providing compelling and meaningful content for their customers."

For more:
- read this Deadline Hollywood story
- read this TV News Check story

Related links:
NCTC signs broad-reaching renewal deal with Disney
NCTC members cut deal to use Rovi DTA guide technology
Viacom-NCTC programming deal rejected by community-owned operator MPW
Viacom signs NCTC carriage deal, but Cable One refuses to restore MTV Networks