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'ESPN Plus' streaming service launching this spring for $4.99 per month

09 February, 2018, 03:43 | Author: Samuel Sharp
  • The streaming services are coming

"We're excited about what lies ahead, with a robust film slate, the launch of our ESPN direct-to-consumer business, new investments in our theme parks, and our pending acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox", Iger said. The service is the first direct-to-consumer offering from ESPN and was originally teased a year ago...

I, like many other comic book/Marvel fans hope the deal goes through and Disney is able to bring home The X-Men along with The Fantastic Four and Deadpool.

Higher losses from streaming service Hulu, in which Disney will become a majority stakeholder pending the close of its Fox acquisition, were partially attributed to an equity decrease in investee income from US$119 million in the prior-year quarter to US$50 million. At the time, Disney said it wanted to launch a dedicated over-the-top ESPN service. It will be accessed within ESPN's existing free app. However if you're a bit of a sports fanatic and would love to see sports streams, then ESPN Plus could be a service worth checking out. He also noted that a few "Star Wars" series could appear on the new service. That stuff may remain exclusive to cable subscribers.

The new ESPN streaming service will include access to thousands of hours of MLB, MLS, and NHL-which ESPN does not air on TV-as well as some college sports, tennis, boxing, golf, rugby, and cricket. ESPN Plus will include some MLB, MLS and National Hockey League games, but ESPN's flagship properties like Monday Night Football and major-conference basketball will remain on ESPN.

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The service will integrate with a new ESPN app, and will offer access to live sports events that aren't broadcast on ESPN channels-10,000 global, national, and regional tennis, boxing, rugby, cricket, and college games per year. Today, during Disney's earnings release, chairman and CEO Bob Iger may have sped up the end of traditional television by announcing ESPN Plus.


ESPN Plus: How much will it cost?

"ESPN's history is about launching in 1979 into a world that was starved for more sports in which there were a huge total of 2,000 hours of sports available to sports fans in this country", he said tongue-in-cheek.

Disney is in the process of creating a ESPN Plus app, that it plans to sell to United States customers for $4.99 per month.

To counter the shift to online viewing, Disney will launch a streaming service for sports fans in the spring called ESPN Plus to reach digital audiences, followed by a family entertainment offering in 2019.

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