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

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 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

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  • How nice. For those who don't have Windows Phone, I mean. For those of us who do, well I guess we're just SOL.
  • Beat my comment by 4 miliseconds, nice :-)
  • Yeah. Why is this on WPC? Is it to taunt us? Is it just generically posted to all Mobile Nations sites?
  • At least this isn't crackberry...
  • Mobile Nations Newsroom, Bing it.
  • Hurray for my hopper :)
  • wish Directv got on the ball and I keep hearing that there is a merge in the works with Dish 
  • Oh man I hope we don't get Dish tech or support on DTV side if that happens.
  • Or their overly complicated UX (User Experience)...
  • I have never watched live tv on a phone, so how does this work? If I have a android laying around, do I need to download every app for each channel and log in to each different app? Am I missing something here? And none of this works on our Windows phones?
  • Funny, I just emailed dish support last week asking where the dish anywhere app for windows phone/Win 8/WinRT.
  • I've never seen an article from this Jerry......maybe he posted in the wrong forum accidentally because he has to know we don't have dish or DirectTV apps on WP.
  • Windows 8 doesn't count? Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • The article is correct. It says "Windows store" not "windows phone store". Who knows, with build 2014 tomorrow we might see an app or two announced.
  • The WATCH ESPN and ABC apps are in the Windows 8 store.  Everybody who has been here more than once knows that this site, just like the other Mobile Nations, is about more than phones.  And I don't know about ABC, but the ESPN stuff is available on the web, no app required.  I don't know if it works with IE on WP though.   Too bad Dish didn't offer this while my football and basketball teams were on.  Oh well, better late than never.  
  • I want a Sing app for my Hopper2.....WTF dish, come on release one ! (I want more than just these channels, I want everything my hopper offers)