XFL announces 2023 kick-off with global Disney rights deal

Upstart NFL-rival the XFL has boosted its chances of success the third time around by securing a global rights deal with Disney. The deal will see Disney own the exclusive global broadcast rights for all the league’s matches per season from 2023-27. The mouse house has said that it will broadcast matches on a combination […]

Disney beats analyst expectations to add 8 million subs

Disney+ has gained 7.9 million new subscribers in its fiscal second quarter of 2022, with the Mouse House-owned service now claiming a total of 137.7 million worldwide. The figure surpasses Wall Street expectations, which had predicted that the Walt Disney Company streamer, which carries shows such as Moon Knight, Pam & Tommy and The Book Of Boba Fett, would […]

Disney partners with KPN for Disney+/ESPN bundle

Dutch telco KPN has announced an expanded distribution deal with Disney. The deal will see KPN offer Disney+ to subscribers, while it also sees the continued carriage of ESPN sports channels. Subscribers can add Disney+ to their KPN subscription for €8.99 per month, or the combination of Disney+ and ESPN Complete for €19.99 – representing […]

EPL on verge of record overseas broadcast rights deal

The English Premier League is reportedly close to a US$2 billion broadcast rights deal in the US. According to the Financial Times, the league is set to receive what would be a record international broadcast rights deal. Current rights holder NBCUniversal is facing competition from major players ViacomCBS and Disney-owned ESPN, with second-round bids due […]

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 […]