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For as little as $1.99 a show, television junkies will be able to download new and old episodes of some of the more popular shows on ABC and the Disney Channel. In a bold move, the latest installments will be made available to iTunes users the very next day. That may find TiVo
There is, of course, something far deeper here than the ability to appease your niece by having That's So Raven as a digital download. Think about the two players here for a minute. Apple. Disney.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs also happens to hold the majority stake in Pixar
That's why it can't be a coincidence that this deal is getting inked just days after Eisner left the company. New Disney CEO Robert Iger will have to prove himself over the years as a capable leader, but one thing that he seems bent on correcting in the near term is repairing many of the frayed relationships that Eisner left in his wake.
For those who want to see Pixar and Disney stay together after their current contract expires with May's release of Cars, this is as good a sign as any that Jobs is staging productive conversations with Disney's top brass. Even if Disney merely stays on as a distributor now that Pixar has the means and pedigree to go it alone on the production front, Iger's off to a great start if he's able to keep Jobs close -- and happy.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz thinks that an Apple a day will help keep the short sellers away. He does own shares in Pixar and Disney. The Fool has a disclosure policy. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.