Results for the YearFor the year, operating income at Cable Networks increased $343 million to $6.0 billion due to growth at ESPN, the domestic Disney Channels and A&E Television Networks (AETN). Growth at ESPN was due to increased affiliate and advertising revenues, partially offset by increased programming and production costs. Affiliate revenue improvement at ESPN was due to contractual rate increases and, to a lesser extent, international subscriber growth. ESPN advertising revenue growth was primarily due to an increase in units delivered and higher rates, partially offset by lower ratings. The increase in programming and production costs was due to contractual rate increases for college sports, NFL, MLB and NBA rights, production costs for new X Games events and the addition of new college football rights. Domestic Disney Channels growth was due to higher affiliate revenues from contractual rate increases, partially offset by higher programming costs driven by more episodes of original programming. Higher equity income from AETN reflected advertising and affiliate revenue growth, along with the benefit of the increase in the Company's ownership interest from 42% to 50%.
The Walt Disney Company Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year Earnings For Fiscal 2013
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