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New Disney/Comcast Deal Adds Streaming, Locks Out Ad-Skipping DVR

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Comcast and their Xfinity service have signed a long term deal with Disney that includes VOD rights to full seasons of current shows, a new exclusive channel called Disney Junior, rights to stream the channels over the internet, and — buried in the fine print — the disabling of the ability to fast-forward through commercials.

The networks and services covered by the agreement include: ABC, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN 3D, ESPN GamePlan, ESPN FullCourt and ESPN3; retransmission consent for seven ABC-owned broadcast television stations (WABC-TV New York, WLS-TV Chicago, WPVI-TV Philadelphia, KGO-TV San Francisco, KTRK-TV Houston, KTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham, and KFSN-TV Fresno) as well as more than 10 high-definition networks. Additionally, Comcast will launch Disney Junior, a new 24-hour basic channel for preschool-age children, parents and caregivers. Comcast will also provide its Xfinity TV customers with broad access to a suite of live Disney networks on an authenticated basis and expanded Xfinity On Demand content through Disney’s comprehensive TV+ initiative. In total, 70 services are covered by the broad scope of this new agreement. License fee schedules for different services under the deal will be phased in over time.

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ABC On Demand, ABC’s fast-forward-disabled On Demand service, 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. Additionally, Xfinity TV customers will have access to a variety of ABC News programming

Welcome to the cloud, people. Hug those hard drive DVRs tight, because when they’re gone, you’re going to be building very expensive HTPCs to replicate that kind of basic functionality. With virtually every cable company heading in that direction, it’s only a matter of time before the TiVO pop is a thing of the distant, fondly remembered past.

Via: [Comcast Voices Blog]

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