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 […]

ESPN Plus streaming service to launch this spring

Disney’s direct-to-consumer sports streaming service, ESPN Plus, is due to launch in the US this spring along with a revamped ESPN app, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger. Speaking on the company’s first quarter earnings call, Iger said that the service will be priced at US$4.99 and per-month and will be available on a variety of […]

ESPN makes senior business development and Asia appointments

ESPN has announced new roles for three of its senior staffers, upping Mike Morrison to vice president, ESPN Business Development, and giving new Asian remits to Tim Bunnell and Charly Classen. Morrison has led ESPN’s businesses in Asia Pacific since 2008 and will now return to the US, reporting to Justin Connolly, executive vice president of […]

Kwesé secures exclusive IAAF athletics in ESPN deal

New African DTH pay TV service Kwesé TV has secured the rights to air top international athletics competitions after parent Econet Media struck a deal with ESPN’s media distribution unit. The agreement with ESPN, which represents the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), will make Kwesé TV the exclusive broadcaster of IAAF events and content […] takes US college football to Europe

Disney’s ESPN OTT TV service,, is launching live streaming of US college football across Europe, the Middle East and addition to its ESPN College Gameday show, the OTT service will provide three 24-hour college football channels, Longhorn Network, SEC Network and ESPNU, simulcast with their US airing. ESPNPlayer’s coverage of the NCAA College […]

Disney ups BAMTech stake in strategic SVOD move

Disney will pay US$1.58 billion (€1.34 billion) to up its stake in video streaming technology firm BAMTech, is it prepares to make a major push into the SVOD market and cut ties with Netflix. Disney will acquire an additional 42% in BAMTech, as part of an accelerated move to take a controlling ownership of the […]