Disney plans ESPN web service after taking US$1bn BAMTech stake

Disney is gearing up to launch an ESPN-branded subscription streaming service, after buying a US$1 billion (€900 million) stake in video streaming technology firm BAMTech. The deal marks a major over-the-top push by Disney, which said BAMTech will be a key partner for delivering streamed video and other digital products from both ESPN and Disney-ABC […]

ESPN launches localised UK app

Sports broadcaster ESPN has launched a localised UK version of its flagship app to tap into what it said was strong growth in mobile consumption of its content in the country. The sportscaster said that UK traffic to its mobile properties, including multi-sports site ESPN UK, cricket-focused ESPNcricinfo and football site ESPN FC, had grown […]

Spotify launches original programmes

Music streaming service Spotify has launched a 12-strong slate of original programmes. The new shows are all focused on music and pop culture and come as the company moves more heavily into video. It said last year it would offer programming alongside its core music content and earlier this year made content from ESPN, Comedy […]

Vice Media strikes sports content deal with ESPN

Vice Media and ESPN have agreed a sports content deal that will see each provide content for the other’s channels. Hipster brand Vice has been seen as a challenger to sports net ESPN with sports content featuring on its linear Viceland channel and on its online offerings. ESPN is owned by Disney, itself an investor […]

Traditional media brands find Snapchat Discover success

US millennials usually view well-established media brands on Snapchat Discover, rather than media that targets their generation, according to Futurescape. The research firm said that its survey of 1,117 US Snapchat users will “reassure major media owners that their brands and content continue to be relevant to teen and young adult audiences” on the mobile social […]

New UK sales chief for ESPN

Sports channel ESPN has named Sam Coleman, former head of client sales for Guardian News and Media, as its new UK sales director. Coleman will be responsible for leading the company’s UK team servicing ESPN’s digital portfolio including, ESPNcricinfo and ESPN FC. He will be based at the sport content company’s offices in London […]

ESPN secures cricket rights

Sports channel ESPN has struck a four-year agreement with the International Cricket Council to broadcast digital on-demand highlights of all ICC events to be staged between the 2016-2019 period in the UK and Ireland. The agreement will allow ESPN to show in-progress, pre-match and post-match highlights across all ESPN branded websites and mobile apps. The […]

Video app streaming booms in US, China

Video apps are experiencing significant revenue growth in the US and China, according to new research. Combined revenues from the top ten streaming apps in the US and Cina have grown by multiples of 3.2 and 9.6, respectively, the App Annie research showed, However, a third market assessed, the UK, showed relatively flat growth of […]

ESPN files suit over Verizon packages

Sports channel ESPN has filed a law suit against US service provider Verizon Communications alleging breach of contract related to Verizon’s new slimmed-down pay TV packages of genre-specific channels. The sports broadcaster is the latest US programmer to allege a breach of existing agreements with Verizon, following complaints made by Fox and NBCUniversal. ESPN has […]

Apple reportedly planning autumn web TV launch

Apple is reportedly planning to launch an online TV service this autumn in partnership with broadcasters including ABC, CBS and Fox.  According to a Wall Street Journal report, Apple is in talks with US programmers and plans to offer a “slimmed-down” cable-style bundle of roughly 25 channels that will be available to view across Apple […]