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WWE walks away from Disney tech for Network refresh

Wrestling giant WWE has shifted away from Disney’s BAMTech for its refreshed WWE Network SVOD. Announced in its Q2 earnings call, the updated Network provides users with improved video quality, a refined UI for navigating the service’s VOD library, and an enhanced search function – all aspects which had been points of derision for the platform […]

ESPN+ launches with 30-day free trial

Disney’s new ESPN+ direct-to-consumer offering and new ESPN app have now gone live, with sponsorship from America Express and Audi respectively. ESPN+ is available for a seven-day free trial in the US, followed by a subscription fee of US$4.99 a month or US$49.99 for a full year. The service is also available for an extended […]

BAMTech-powered NHL app launches on Fire TV

Disney-owned video streaming technology firm, BAMTech, has launched the NHL app it operates in partnership with the National Hockey League on Amazon Fire TV devices in the US. The Amazon Fire TV app lets ice hockey fans access NHL.TV to watch out-of-market games live and on demand. BAMTech said it also plans to soon launch […]

Disney creates new global division ahead of streaming service launch

The Walt Disney Company has restructured to create a worldwide division that will house international operations and its upcoming streaming services. Disney senior executive VP and chief strategy officer Kevin Mayer has been named at the chairman of the new unit, Disney direct-to-consumer and international. The division will house Disney’s upcoming branded SVOD service, its […]

Star India outbids Facebook for Indian cricket rights

21st Century Fox-owned Star India has successfully bid €2.15 billion for global Indian cricket rights, fending off competition from 14 other bidders including Facebook and Disney’s BAMTech. Star India has secured global media and digital broadcast rights for Indian Premier League cricket for the five-year period from 2018 to 2022, after submitting a winning bid […]

Disney ups BAMTech stake in strategic SVOD move

Disney will pay US$1.58 billion (€1.34 billion) to up its stake in video streaming technology firm BAMTech, is it prepares to make a major push into the SVOD market and cut ties with Netflix. Disney will acquire an additional 42% in BAMTech, as part of an accelerated move to take a controlling ownership of the […]

NAB: OTT TV and online sports ‘not disruptive’ to pay TV

The rise of sports-focused online video provider BAMTech and of live online sports is complementary rather than disruptive of traditional pay TV, according to company CEO Michael Paull. In an onstage interview at the NAB Show, Paull also played down the idea that non-sports fans could churn from pay TV as more entertainment content became available […]

Amazon Channels boss joins BAMTech as CEO

Amazon Channels boss, Michael Paull, has been named CEO of BAMTech – the video streaming technology firm Disney took a US$1 billion (€950 million) stake in last year. Paull is due to take up his new role next month and will be tasked with driving growth and leading BAMTech’s transformation into an independent company. He […]

Amazon ‘exploring’ live sports offering

Amazon is weighing up plans to break into the world of live sports streaming, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. According to the Journal, citing unnamed sources, the e-retailer has been in talks with US sports organisations including the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and the National Football League for rights […]

Discovery creates new European media JV with BAMTech

Discovery has teamed up with Major League Baseball-backed media and technology unit BAMTech to create a new European technology joint venture that will provide content owners, broadcasters and OTT platforms with platform capabilities to extend the reach of their services. BAMTech Europe’s first client will be Discovery’s Eurosport, which will gain access to European sports […]