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ABC affiliate deal makes it easier to livestream local channels

The stations' local shows will be digitally distribution through DirecTV Now, Sony PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV.
David Lumb, @OutOnALumb
April 24, 2017
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Disney has signed deals with more than 160 television stations that will finally enable them to stream their local content. Most of the affiliates will now use services like DirecTV Now, Sony PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV to broadcast their own shows within target markets. Ultimately, this means 90 percent of all TV-equipped households will soon be able to stream content from their local affiliates through cable, satellite and app services.

Previously, livestreaming ABC content was only available in certain cities and on certain services. This was in part because parent company Disney needed to make agreements with each and every affiliate before shows could be broadcast in their area, which has been an issue since 2013. This deal arranges for many of those stations to get digital distribution on Disney's terms.

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