Comcast offers Disney programs on broadband

Comcast has struck a deal to offer ABC News programming and children’s entertainment from Walt Disney to its broadband subscribers, the companies said last week.

Under the deal, the Philadelphia-based cable television and high-speed Internet service provider will begin offering streaming media and on-demand video from Disney’s ABC News. It will also launch an online channel for children later this year with programming from Disney Connection, the entertainment company’s broadband destination for children ages 3 to 11.

Comcast said it would immediately begin offering on-demand programming from ABC News broadcasts on Comcast’s own Internet news channel, including content from “World News Tonight,” “Good Morning America,” “20/20” and “Primetime Live.” Comcast is also offering ABC News Live, a streaming-video application that delivers breaking news in real time, to its broadband customers.

Based on the agreement, the Comcast Kids Channel will offer Disney Connection’s online games, activities and videos, in addition to content derived from Disney Blast, a portal site for children, and Toontown Online, the entertainment company’s site for preschoolers. Comcast said the deal would include access to a new premium version of Toontown scheduled to arrive next year.

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