Disney|ABC Television Group’s ABC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television Group have announced an unprecedented stacking rights deal for series produced by Warner Bros. for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 television broadcast seasons.
Under the terms of the new deal, ABC may offer all episodes, rather than the current practice of trailing five in-season episodes, of any Warner Bros. series launched in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons on a variety of video-on-demand platforms. Warner Bros. will have end-of-season SVOD rights and early syndication rights as well as day-after EST and early DVD rights.
Viewers now have previously unavailable full season catch-up flexibility to enjoy and binge on their favorite network series as well as to discover new series across a variety of platforms and devices.
“This is a real win for network television viewers,” said Jana Winograde, executive vice president, Business Operations, ABC Entertainment. “Giving our audience even more opportunities to catch up on their favorite shows in their entirety, on demand, only enhances their loyalty to and engagement with ABC and our series.”
“Along with our partners at ABC, we’re pleased to offer viewers the convenience to discover and watch our shows on their own schedule and on the screen they choose,” said Craig Hunegs, president, Business and Strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group. “For our studio, the more people watch our shows, the more valuable they become for us over the long run.”