ESPN picks up Bundesliga rights for South America

The German Bundesliga has announced a major broadcast rights deal with ESPN in Spanish-speaking South America. The Disney-owned sports broadcaster has picked up the exclusive rights for the next five seasons in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. As part of the deal, ESPN has secured exclusive television and digital rights […]

ESPN+ gets price hike following glut of rights acquisitions

Disney has increased the price of its US sports streaming service ESPN+. The company has confirmed that the service’s monthly cost will increase by US$1 per month from US$5.99 to US$6.99, while an annual subscription cost has been upped to US$69.99 from US$59.99. This is the second time this year that Disney has increased the […]

ESPN+ picks up LaLiga rights in eight-season deal

Spanish top flight football league LaLiga has agreed a mammoth eight-year distribution deal in the US with ESPN+. Starting from the 2021/22 season, the Disney-owned sports streaming service will stream live and on-demand coverage of all 380 LaLiga matches per season, along with a selection of LaLiga SmartBank matches.  While the deal is oriented around […]

Disney agrees ‘groundbreaking’ NHL deal

Disney has agreed a seven-year deal with the US’s National Hockey League (NHL) in what has been described as a “groundbreaking” agreement. The deal will see Disney hold TV, streaming and media rights to bring NHL coverage to NBC, ESPN and its streaming platforms. The Stanley Cup Final – the showpiece fixture at the end […]

Disney adds ESPN+ to Hulu

Disney has integrated ESPN+ into Hulu as it continues to evolve its DTC strategy. The company will hope that providing greater access to ESPN+ via Hulu will boost signups to the US$5.99 per month offer, which is the least subscribed to part of Disney’s streaming portfolio. ESPN+ has benefitted from its inclusion in the ‘Disney […]

NFL close to US$100 billion broadcast deal

The NFL’s next domestic rights deal could exceed US$100 billion, cementing the league’s position as the most lucrative in all of sports. According to the New York Post, the NFL is in the process of discussing TV rights deals with its partners, with the next set of agreements potentially lasting 10 years. While this would […]

Disney+ to reach US$4 billion in US subscription revenue alone by 2022

Disney+ is set to surpass US$4 billion in revenue from US subscriptions alone by 2022. According to eMarketer, the rapid growth of the streamer which launched in 2019 is set to continue in the coming years. The firm noted that the streamer amassed US$0.13 billion in subscription revenues by the end of 2019 – representing […]

‘Big three’ continue to dominate US SVOD chart, but newer players having an impact

Netflix has once again emerged as the top subscription streamer in the US, but the impact of newer players is being felt in the market. According to Parks Associate’s update list of the top 10 US SVOD services through to September 2020, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney-owned Hulu continue to make up the top […]

Disney eliminates 500 jobs from sports broadcaster ESPN

Disney-owned sports broadcaster ESPN has announced further cost-cutting measures by laying off about 300 employees and eliminating around 500 jobs from its global workforce. The cuts translate to roughly 10% of ESPN’s global workforce, with the sportscaster contributing them to the impact of the pandemic and its business. The company is also planning to leave […]

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