ESPN ramps up esports focus as Riot appoints new LoL esports global head

Disney-owned sports broadcaster ESPN has announced the launch of EXP, an esports event series. The company said that EXP competitions will be a mix of professional, collegiate and pro-am formats, with multiple game IP and genres featured across the series. Live event distribution will be via multiple digital platforms including the ESPN app, and a […]

Sling TV, ESPN, Fox Now launch on Oculus Go

Sling TV, ESPN and Fox Now are all now available on Oculus Go virtual reality headsets via the Oculus Store and Oculus TV app in the US. Users can log in with their Sling TV account, subscribe directly to ESPN+ for US$4.99 per month, or tune in to Fox shows from a virtual living room. At the […]

ESPN+ passes one million paying subscribers

Disney’s direct-to-consumer sports service ESPN+ has passed the one million paying subscribers mark in the five and a half months since its launch in April 2018. Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) division announced the milestone figure, claiming it to be a testament to the teams from DTCI and ESPN who worked to bring […]

Iger unveils plans for ‘Disney Play’ streaming service

Disney is “on track” to launch its Disney-branded streaming service late next year, with “numerous original projects currently in various stages of development and production”, according to CEO Bog Iger. Speaking to analysts after the company reported less-than-stellar Q3 results, Iger said that Disney will “continue to move full steam ahead with our direct-to-consumer strategy”, […]

ESPN strikes cricket deal for Caribbean

ESPN Caribbean has struck a new five-year deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for exclusive rights to cricket from 2018 to 2022. ESPN will air live coverage in the Caribbean of all international and domestic cricket played in England and Wales over the next five years. Coverage begins on May 24 with […]

Perform Group hires ex-ESPN boss Skipper as executive chairman

Global sports media outfit Perform Group, which operates the DAZN sports OTT TV service, has named former ESPN president John Skipper as its executive chairman. Skipper, based in New York, will oversee all of Perform Group’s operations and strategy and report to the Board. Simon Denyer, Perform Group’s Founder, will continue as CEO based in […]

ESPN+ launches on Roku

ESPN’s new direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service, ESPN+, has launched on Roku devices in the US. The service is available within the updated ESPN channel on Roku, offering sports such as Major League Baseball (MLB), National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Soccer (MLS), Grand Slam tennis and PGA Tour golf for US$4.99 a month or $49.99 […]

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 […]

ESPN+ to launch next week priced at US$4.99 per-month

ESPN’s new direct-to-consumer offering, ESPN+, is due to launch in the US on April 12, priced at US$4.99 per-month. The subscription streaming service will be integrated into a redesigned version of the ESPN App and will also be available online at ESPN+ will be powered by BAMTech and will include live sports, original content […]

Disney ups Pitaro to ESPN president ahead of EPSN+ launch

Disney has promoted chairman of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, James Pitaro, to president of ESPN and co-chair of Disney Media Networks. Pitaro starts with immediate effect and will report directly to Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger. He replaces acting chair of ESPN, George Bodenheimer, who will stay on to the end of […]

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