Tag Archives: espn

How Does ESPN Move Into a ‘Plus’-Sized Future While Clinging to Its Glorious Pay TV Past? (Next TV)

Bloom: Will Disney be able transition a platform built on domestic delicacies to global DTC audiences?... More

ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football’ is More Than a Game in NFL Rights Fight (Variety)

In a crucial moment for any TV network that wants to stay in the business of broadcasting NFL football games, ESPN is calling in some big guns.... More

ESPN Reveals How it Will Move Forward Without Live Sports During Coronavirus (CNBC)

Disney’s ESPN released its first details on how it plans to fill programming on its networks with collegiate and professional sports canceled during the coronavirus outbreak, inc... More

ESPN Scrambling to Figure Out Programming While Live Sports Shut Down Indefinitely (CNBC)

Disney’s ESPN has long called itself the worldwide leader in sports. Now it will have to figure out what to do when there aren’t any. On what could be called Black Thursday for... More

ESPN+ Takes PGA Tour Streaming Rights in Combined $680M Deal (SportsPro)

The PGA Tour has signed three lucrative nine-year media rights agreements in the US, including extensions to its domestic cable broadcast deals with CBS and NBC, and a new live str... More

ESPN Rolling Out 500 Live Shows Across YouTube, Facebook, Other Platforms (Digiday)

With a new social media star and a fresh studio dedicated to its digital programming, ESPN is upgrading online game viewing.... More

Disney’s ESPN is Caught in Strategic Limbo as the Company Moves Slowly Toward Streaming (CNBC)

The future of Disney is streaming, and the past is linear cable television. But the present is a weird mix of the two. Disney’s high-profile asset ESPN is awkwardly caught in the... More

Quibi Makes a Deal With ESPN (NYT)

The sports network, part of the Walt Disney Company, has agreed to join the likes of NBC News in providing content for the soon-to-launch short-form video platform from Jeffrey Kat... More

ESPN+ Acquires Bundesliga Rights (Digital TV Europe)

Disney has acquired the US Bundesliga rights for its ESPN+ premium streamer in a six-year deal. ESPN+ will play host to the German football league following the end of the current ... More

ESPN Inks Facebook Deal to Bring Exclusive Shows, Content to Watch Service (Variety)

Disney’s ESPN is looking to expand digital reach across Facebook, under a new deal to distribute exclusive digital shows and content on the social giant’s Facebook Watch video ... More

ESPN+ May Be Key to Disney’s $13 Streaming Bundle (THR)

Some 42 percent of millennials say they'd be likely to subscribe to the offering of Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+, a Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult survey finds.... More

Disney Plans UFC Broadcast for FX (Variety)

UFC matches will return to FX – but not on a permanent basis. ESPN has been showing preliminary bouts to UFC pay-per-view events for the last while on ESPN and ESPN2, and then s... More

NAGRA: Industry Approaching ‘Peak Investment’ in Content

Despite standalone OTT services seeing continued subscriber growth — and while traditional pay TV operators continue seeing the exact opposite — many media and entertainment ex... More

ESPN+ Adding Bundesliga to Its Growing Soccer Portfolio (NY Post)

ESPN+ is on the verge of adding what is arguably the second best international soccer league for television, The Post has learned. Sources say that ESPN+ is in the final stages of ... More

ESPN Sees Its Mobile App as a Path to Paying Subscribers (Digiday)

ESPN asks its mobile app to drive an increasingly diverse number of initiatives. The audience’s embrace of personalization is making that easier, particularly when it comes to pr... More

ESPN to Use Rights Negotiations to Stack ESPN+ (Media Post)

ESPN has a plan to stack its live streaming video service, ESPN+, with more live sports: make the streamer a part of its TV rights negotiations with sports leagues and rights holde... More

ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro is Fighting the Cord-Cutting Wave (Los Angeles Times)

Pitaro took over ESPN in March 2018 after spending eight years running Disney’s interactive and consumer products divisions. He confronted a tricky task: maintaining ESPN’s hig... More

ESPN Investing Aggressively in OTT Service (SportsPro)

Jimmy Pitaro, the president of US media giant ESPN, has said that his company is “investing aggressively” in their OTT streaming platform ESPN+. ESPN+, launched in April 2018, ... More

Disney Projecting Up to 12m ESPN+ Subscribers by 2024 (SportsPro)

ESPN+, the Disney-owned OTT sports streaming service, could attract between 8 million to 12 million subscribers by the end of the 2024 financial year, the company has told investor... More

ESPN Streaming Service to Become Exclusive Distributor of UFC Pay-Per-View Fights (THR)

ESPN is deepening its partnership with UFC, extending its existing $1.5 billion deal two years to 2025 and making ESPN+ the exclusive distributor of UFC pay-per-view events in the ... More