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India will get ABC News Now

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NEW YORK — Distributors have reached a deal to make the ABC News Now service available on satellite television in India, the first time that the network's 24-hour news carrier will be seen outside of the United States.

ABC News Now will be shown on Dish TV, India's largest digital outlet, starting later this year, said the network's corporate owner, the Walt Disney Co., on Monday. A subscription service, ABC News Now is currently available to more than 25 million people through broadband, digital cable, satellite and wireless phone.

"This is a major step forward for ABC News Now," said David Westin, ABC News president. "As ABC News strives to reach news audiences anytime and anywhere around the globe, we are delighted that one of the largest English-speaking countries in the world should be our first step."

Besides well-known U.S. programs like "World News" and "20/20," the service offers a variety of shows unique to ABC News Now, including the medical news show "Healthy Life."