Charter signs Disney deal with potential for streaming distribution

US telco Charter and Disney have signed an expanded distribution deal which opens the door to the future possibility of carrying Disney’s streaming services Hulu, ESPN+ and Disney +. The multi-year deal will see the telco’s Spectrum service offer a range of Disney’s ever-increasing roster of TV channels, including ESPN, the soon-to-launch ACC Network and […]

ESPN postpones esports tournament broadcast in wake of mass shootings

Disney-owned sports broadcaster ESPN has postponed the broadcast of an esports tournament in the wake of recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. The ESPN-sponsored EXP Invitational for the game Apex Legends – which took place August 2-3 at X Games Minneapolis – was scheduled to air on ESPN 2 on Saturday […]

Disney announces streaming bundle for US$12.99 

Disney has continued its aggressive streaming strategy by announcing a US$12.99 (€11.76) bundle package of its three streaming services – Hulu, ESPN+ and the soon to launch Disney+. The package, announced by CEO Bob Iger during the company’s Q2 earnings call, will be available in the US from November 12.  It will be comprised of […]

No British suitors for La Liga; ESPN+ reportedly close to Bundesliga deal

UK coverage of Spanish football for the coming season is up in the air, with La Liga announcing that no broadcaster has tabled a suitable bid. The league issued an invitation to tender (ITT) to UK and Ireland broadcasters in July, with a deadline of July 25. In response to a question, La Liga head […]

ESPN takes EXP esports to the X Games

Esports are making a comeback to the X Games, ESPN has confirmed. Following a three year absence, the Disney-owned sports broadcaster said that the EXP Invitational qualifiers taking place on June 29 will lead into the Apex Legends event at the X Games, August 2-3. Twenty 3-player teams will be competing for a prize pool […]

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 […]