Dish Network signs deals with ESPN, Disney to enable mobile content streaming

Watch ABC
By Jerry Hildenbrand on 1 Apr 2014 07:25 pm EDT

Dish and Disney have reached a distribution deal that will allow subscribers to watch Disney content on their computers and mobile devices.

Using apps found in Apple's App Store, Google Play, the Amazon Appstore (which works great on BB10 devices) and the Windows store, viewers will be able to watch live programming from ABC Family, Disney Channel and Disney XD, as well as live network streams of ABC, which are currently available in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Fresno, Philadelphia and Raleigh-Durham.

The press release follows below.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. & BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In the weeks immediately following the announcement of their groundbreaking, multi-year distribution deal, DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH) and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) today announced the availability of WATCH ABC, WATCH ABC Family, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney XD and WatchESPN, enabling DISH’s 14 million video subscribers to access live and on-demand news, entertainment and sports programming on computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected devices. Access to WATCH Disney Junior as well as authenticated services from SEC ESPN Network and Longhorn Network will launch later this year.

DISH customers can now conveniently watch live programming from ABC Family, Disney Channel and Disney XD as well as live network streams of ABC, which are currently available in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Fresno, Philadelphia and Raleigh-Durham. Additionally, live events and programming from ESPN networks – including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNEWS and ESPN Deportes – are now accessible. ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater will also be available on WatchESPN when those channels are in season. Video subscribers will need to log in with their DISH online IDs and passwords to access all services.

In addition to live streaming, DISH video subscribers can watch the most current episodes of ABC and ABC Family original series the day after they air online at and or on smartphones and tablets via the WATCH ABC and WATCH ABC Family apps, which are available free to download in the App Store, Google Play Store, Amazon Appstore and Windows Store. WATCH ABC is also accessible on Apple TV.

DISH customers can access live and popular on-demand programming from Disney Channel and Disney XD online at and The WATCH Disney Channel and WATCH Disney XD apps are free to download in the App Store and Amazon Appstore. The networks are also accessible on Apple TV and Roku.

For WatchESPN, DISH video subscribers can visit on their computers for live access to ESPN networks. Customers with a supported smartphone or tablet can also download the free WatchESPN app by visiting the App Store, Google Play Store, Amazon Appstore or Windows Store. The app features access to live content and on-demand video clips. WatchESPN live programming and on-demand clips are also available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV and Roku.

Source: Dish Network



Good on them. Need more positive news

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I thought I read BlackBerry App World in there. Well this sucks for BlackBerry but I wonder if we can install the APK to allow this

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Derek Kessler

You can install the Watch ABC from the Amazon Appstore on your BlackBerry 10 phone.

Also, there is a Watch ABC app for BlackBerry 10, though ABC wasn't clear with us if that would be included in this.


Wow, you are quick And to think, I was gonna first this!!!

Stop, drop, and roll.


You'd be a tool if you did. Well..still are.

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Nope. You are. Now it seems fucking goofy huh?

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Great everyone but BlackBerry, why is this news on Cb again?

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Cause the picture is a BlackBerry lol

The GIF Exchange C001B7B16ً

Prem WatsApp

It's the "New Mobile Nations Way", more of this to come and posted across all sites apparently, CB / WPC / AC / iMore.

The other MN editors and authors will have to learn and include BlackBerry in their posts or mention it's not available for our platform, so they don't alienate the CB crowd.

Giving BB no mention and thereby including us as an "appendix of Android" is not good enough, now that we can install apks directly.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Jerry Hildenbrand

Except that this is available for BlackBerry via the Amazon appstore.


Shaw Direct app would be nice for BlackBerry 10



Marty Mallick...

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I hope Comcast doest it too

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Screw them if no native app then no go. Plus Dish not as good as Directv anyway.

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Finally!!!! The Watch ESPN app is useful for me now!!!

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Seems less and less likely we will see these things on bb10 unless demand picks up soon. Not holding my breath though. Android APKs seem to be the future of BlackBerry phones.


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Seems that way huh?

If you read the leak posts though you'd be left with the impression that the RIM Cyclone was oh-so-close to getting Netflix.


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Bacon Munchers

Chen is on the Disney board.
Does this mean that we may get something out of this? Foreshadowing perhaps???