YouTube launches live TV streaming service

YouTube has unveiled details of its much-anticipated television streaming service, describing it as “live TV designed for the YouTube generation”. YouTube TV is set to go live “soon” in the US with a line-up of more than 40 channels, including the biggest US broadcast networks. The service will be available across devices, includes a cloud […]

Amazon Channels boss joins BAMTech as CEO

Amazon Channels boss, Michael Paull, has been named CEO of BAMTech – the video streaming technology firm Disney took a US$1 billion (€950 million) stake in last year. Paull is due to take up his new role next month and will be tasked with driving growth and leading BAMTech’s transformation into an independent company. He […]

Disney CFO plays down Netflix speculation, confirms ESPN D2C launch this year

Disney chief financial officer Christine McCarthy has played down the idea that Disney is looking to make a “transformational” acquisition with an implied reference to market speculation about a possible purchase of Netflix. Speaking at the Citi Internet, Media & Telecommunications Conference in Las Vegas, McCarthy said: “I too have heard that narrative but nothing […]

Amazon ‘exploring’ live sports offering

Amazon is weighing up plans to break into the world of live sports streaming, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. According to the Journal, citing unnamed sources, the e-retailer has been in talks with US sports organisations including the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and the National Football League for rights […]

ESPN makes Africa push in deal with Kwesé

ESPN has signed an exclusive deal with African sports broadcaster Kwesé to launch the ESPN channel in 19 countries across the continent. Under the deal, which comes into effect in early 2017, thousands of hours of ESPN content will be licensed to telco Econet Media-owned Kwesé, including live sports and original programming. This will be […]

Disney CEO: ESPN streaming service may take cues from Now TV

Disney’s planned ESPN streaming service will not have a one-size-fits-all payment model and could take its cues from Sky’s Now TV service, according to Bob Iger. Speaking at Goldman Sachs’ 25th Annual Communacopia Conference in New York yesterday, the Disney CEO said the forthcoming ESPN offering may enable users to pay for “a specific sport, maybe even […]

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 […]