updated 04:30 pm EDT, Wed August 10, 2011
Future Disney deals to require log-in for web TV
Disney is following in the footsteps of the Fox book by requiring online TV show viewers to be pay TV subscribers and log in with a cable ID. According to a Wednesday GigaOM report, the company is working on deals with content distributors to allow this. Thus far, cable networks like CNN and HBO are already requiring such logins.
Disney CEO Bob Iger during an earnings call revealed the new strategy, which would help put at ease concerns from its cable and satellite distribution partners. Future deals would allow a multi-channel subscriber faster access to shows after they've aired.
Many shows offer free online viewing through sites such as Hulu.com or their own domains, including Fox.com and ABC.com. Disney so far has a deal in place with Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS to authenticate ESPN and its live mobile app.