As part of a wide-ranging agreement between the Walt Disney Company and Verizon, FiOS TV customers will be able to watch ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Buzzer Beater live online beginning today. To access the online programming, Verizon customers must subscribe to FiOS TV.
The online rights to the ESPN networks are part of a broader agreement, which also includes the full suite of cable services from the Walt Disney Company: ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney XD and the soon-to-be-launched Disney Junior, as well as retransmission consent for local ABC broadcast stations.
"From today forward, FiOS TV customers can choose to watch ESPN on their big screen or on their computer screen – it’s a real sea change in our business and an indication of where our industry is heading," said David Preschlack, EVP/Disney and ESPN Media Networks, in a statement.
Using their Verizon Online user names and passwords, FiOS TV customers can access the online programming at either www.verizon.com/fiostvcentral or www.ESPNnetworks.com and watch the programming live on their personal computers or laptops – at home or away – using any broadband connection.