The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) announced today
the debut of Disney/ESPN Media Networks, Turner Networks and AMC
Networks on its MyTimeTV? authentication platform. Disney/ESPN, Turner
and AMC represent the latest in a series of programmer additions to the
offering, which allows NRTC member subscribers to watch their pay TV
subscription content via mobile devices in or away from the home.
"One of NRTC's goals in supporting telcos in the video business has been
to deliver an authentication platform with a truly robust group of
networks," said NRTC's Vice President of Video Services Madeleine
Forrer. "Our members' subscribers now have access to the most popular
television shows and networks via the Internet. In fact, just a few days
ago, we had our first member go live with TV Everywhere services for
Disney/ESPN. Their subscribers are already enjoying all of the
programmer's content on their computers, smartphones and tablets."
Disney/ESPN's extensive portfolio of must-have family and sports
programming was a much anticipated addition for NRTC members. The
agreement covers programming from WATCH ABC, WATCH ABC Family, WATCH
Disney, WATCH Disney Junior, WATCH Disney XD, and WatchESPN (ESPN,
ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater) and Longhorn
Network. Upon launch, SEC-ESPN Network will also be included on
As part of the Turer agreement, NRTC MyTimeTV? member subscribers have
access to TBS, and TNT including live NASCAR Sprint Cup Events in June
and July, MLB Coverage from TBS and live streaming for 2015 NCAA March
Madness. The agreement also covers Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, CNN, TCM
"Having celebrated our second Olympics with NBCU on the platform, we are
looking forward to helping our members deliver popular entertainment
programming and more premiere sporting events to viewers in rural
America no matter where they are," Forrer added. "The rapid expansion of
TV Everywhere's availability will continue to change how television
viewers both think about and watch TV."
The Cooperative also added AMC Networks programming on MyTimeTV?, which
includes TV Everywhere rights for AMC, IFC, Sundance and WE tv.
Disney/ESPN, Turner and AMC programming join HBO Go® and MaxGo®, A&E,
Fox News and Fox Business, Fox Cable programming and NBC Universal on
the NRTC platform. But with MyTimeTV?, members are free to seek out
programming rights on their own and simply come to NRTC for its
authentication and systems integration.
MyTimeTV? complements NRTC's TelcoVideo product line, which offers
members access to programming agreements for traditional linear,
video-on-demand and Start Over rights.
The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) represents the
advanced telecommunications and information technology interests of
1,500 rural utilities and affiliates in 48 states. We help rural
electric and telephone utilities strengthen their businesses with
solutions uniquely suited to the needs of rural consumers.
NRTC was founded in 1986 by electric cooperatives, the National Rural
Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the National Rural
Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC).
NRTC provides products and services developed specifically to meet the
needs of rural utilities and their customers, such as high-speed
Internet access via satellite, full service Internet access and support,
integrated smart grid technologies and energy efficiency solutions,
wireless technologies, long distance programs, mobile phone service, IP
backbone services and programming distribution rights for video
NRTC is driven by our members' commitment to provide their communities
with innovative telecommunications solutions and a vision for continued
viability. NRTC helps ensure our members' success by aggregating their
individual buying power, negotiating national contracts, and supporting
business solutions which expand their service offerings. NRTC remains
focused on bringing advanced telecommunications solutions to rural
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