Disney, Time Warner reach agreement

Time Warner
Cable Inc. and Walt Disney Co. said they had agreed to new contract terms that
would continue programming without disruptions for U.S. viewers.

Industry
analysts had expected fireworks or at least a new episode in the public feuding
that has marked previous negotiations, The Wall Street Journal reported
Saturday.

Instead, Time
Warner Cable Chief Executive Officer Glenn Britt said: “We are pleased to
have reached an agreement without any interruption in service.”

The two sides
did not release details of the new contract, but sources said Disney will be
paid 40 cents to 50 cents per month per Time Warner cable subscriber for its
ABC offerings. Fees for Disney Channel and ABC Family shows also went up and
Disney will keep the right to air its shows on the Internet through ABC.com and
Hulu.com, the Journal said.

Time Warner,
meanwhile, will be allowed to sell some Disney programming through on-demand
platforms, which allows viewers to see a show beyond the confines of network
scheduling. Some shows would be available for free, but with the ability to
skip advertising disabled, a source close to the negotiations said.

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