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Disney reportedly to increase ESPN+ price, though triple bundle unaffected

Disney will reportedly up the price of sports streamer ESPN+ to US$5.99. According to The Verge, which claims to have viewed internal documents, the price increase of a dollar will only impact the monthly subscription while the annual US$49.99 cost will remain unchanged. Existing monthly subscribers will keep the US$4.99 fee through to August 2021 […]

MLS to join NBA in Walt Disney World

The US’s top football league, Major League Soccer (MLS), has announced plans to return in July with a month-long ‘World Cup-style’ tournament. Following in the footsteps of the NBA, the ‘MLS is Back’ tournament will be played in its entirety at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida […]

NBA in talks with Disney over using ESPN facility for games

The US National Basketball Association (NBA) has confirmed that it is talks with Disney that could see the NBA season, which has been frozen by the coronavirus lockdown, resume exclusively at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida. “The NBA, in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association, is engaged in exploratory conversations […]

Millions watch The Last Dance outside US as Jordan doc goes viral

Netflix has revealed that The Last Dance, the docuseries co-produced with Disney’s ESPN, has been watched by almost 25 million non-US viewers. The streamer, which normally is coy with its viewing figures, said that the ten-episode documentary about Michael Jordan’s career with the Chicago Bulls, has been watched by 23.8 million users outside of the […]

US broadcasters consider technology to fill gap left by fans in closed venue matches 

With professional sports set to be played behind closed doors for the foreseeable future, a number of top US broadcasters are looking to technology to fill the gap left by fans. According to a New York Post report, ESPN, NBC Sports, CBS and Turner Sports are all considering implementing VR technology to emulate the match […]

PGA Tour sells streaming rights to ESPN+ in nine-year deal

The PGA Tour, the premiere US golfing competition, has signed a nine-year rights deal with Disney’s sports streamer ESPN+. The organisation has also extended its rights deals with commercial broadcasters CBS and NBC. The deal with ESPN, reported by the New York Times as being valued at US$75 million per year, will see ESPN+ replace […]

Disney+ achieves 28.6 million subscribers in four months

Disney+ has hit 28.6 million subscribers in less than six months, the company has confirmed. The company’s first quarterly results since the streamer’s launch in five territories met recent estimations from analyst MoffettNathanson. Speaking on Disney’s Q1 2020 earnings call, CEO Bob Iger attributed Disney+’s success to “our incredible portfolio of great brands, the outstanding […]

ESPN+ close to PGA Tour deal, claims report

Disney’s sports streamer ESPN+ is reportedly set to sign a live streaming deal with the PGA Tour. According to two sources cited by the Associated Press, the subscription service is set to become the US streaming partner of the Tour, taking over from NBC Sports. The report says that terms have not been finalised, but […]

ESPN+ gets Copa del Rey rights in US

Disney has acquired the exclusive rights to Spanish football’s Copa del Rey in the US for its ESPN+ premium streamer. The multi-year agreement with the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) took place in time for the second round of the 2019/20 tournament which took place this past weekend. It had been reported by World Soccer Talk […]

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