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Q&A: Disney-ESPN's Matt Murphy

Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) would distribute ESPN on Google TV, Boxee and other over-the-top video platforms -- so long as they can agree to deals that are similar to those it has with cable and satellite providers.

In a wide-ranging interview with Light Reading Cable, Disney ESPN Media Networks (DEMN) Senior Vice President of Digital Video Distribution Matt Murphy says that his company is talking to over-the-top (OTT) providers and other new entrants about delivering ESPN on new platforms.

Disney has long been focused on pushing multiplatform content. It was one of the first programmers to deliver video-on-demand (VoD) programming through Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s Xbox 360, and it recently launched its "WatchESPN" app for the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad, which offers the live video feeds from ESPN's stable of sports networks. Murphy says DEMN wants to build similar apps for other Disney networks, as it works to reach viewers on any screen. (See ESPN Pipes Live TV to Apple Devices .)

Contents: — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable

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Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 5:07:22 PM
re: Q&A: Disney-ESPN's Matt Murphy

To alleviate any confusion, just need to mention that there was a change made to the lead. Originally we had it that Disney "distributes" ESPN to Google TV, Roku, etc., but changed it to "would distribute" if it came to similar type of deals it has with MSOs and satellite TV providers since those types of OTT deals obviously  haven't been made yet. JB


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