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Verizon and Disney renew distribution deal, add Hulu and ESPN+

Disney has renewed and expanded its US distribution deal with mobile operator Verizon. The pair first signed a deal in October 2019 that would give 4G LTE, 5G unlimited, 5G home wireless internet and Fios broadband customers a year’s free access to Disney+. In a new deal, new select Mix & Match Unlimited customers will […]

Disney at 100 million streaming subs but still suffers multi-billion dollar hit

Disney has surpassed a milestone of 100 million streaming subscribers worldwide, but announced a disappointing Q3 with losses of US$5 billion. The company’s D2C streaming segment was the lone bright spark for the company, with Disney+ having 60.5 million paying customers as of Monday – up from 54.5 million on May 4. However, the results […]

ESPN extends African reach with MultiChoice deal

South Africa-based pay TV operator MultiChoice and Disney have struck a deal that will see sports service ESPN launch across MultiChoice’s African markets on the DStv platform. Two 25-hour ESPN channels will be made available to DStv customer from July 29, bringing sports content such as the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), […]

Sports: Serie A to discuss media rights business sale; Baseball return sets records for ESPN; Ligue 1 channel reportedly to get Facebook distribution; RTÉ Sport teams with LOI for OTT platform

The clubs from Italy’s Serie A are reportedly set to meet this week to discuss investor bids for the league’s media business. According to Reuters, representatives from the 20 clubs will meet on July 30 to discuss a number of proposals that were invited last week. The league had asked investors to submit bids to […]

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 […]