New Disney deal gets DirecTV customers WatchESPN access

Disney and DirecTV announced a new multi-year carriage deal Tuesday that will for the first time give DirecTV customers the ability to watch live and on-demand content from ESPN’s WatchESPN service. Also included will be access to Disney’s other TV Everywhere apps (that’s how the industry calls TV apps that can only be accessed with a pay TV subscription), including Watch Disney and Watch ABC.

Part of the deal also brings new Disney networks to DirecTV, including Fusion, the channel that has gotten some notoriety in media circles for hiring folks away from online publications.

DirecTV will also be able to include a wide range of Disney content in its own TV app, and both companies agreed to “explore new opportunities with respect to potential over-the-top (OTT) offerings,” according to the official press release. The latter is interesting, because both Disney and DirecTV have started to think about ways to cater to consumers who don’t subscribe to pay TV.

DirecTV soft-launched its Yaveo streaming services for Spanish-language audiences earlier this week, and ESPN has been considering to launch a cricket service and other streaming services in the coming months. It’s possible that DirecTV could add Spanish-language Disney programming, like ESPN Desportes, to Yaveo at some point in the future, or both companies could cooperate other services.