ESPN channels go off air

ESPN Classic and ESPN America have gone off air outside the US and the UK from today, following ESPN’s decision to scale down its international activities. BT acquired ESPN’s UK and Ireland business in February ahead of the launch of BT Sports. ESPN said at the time it would wind down archive channel ESPN Classic […] adds sports channels

Vipnet-owned Croatian cable unit has added two sports channel to its line-up. The operator will air Fuel TV and Sportskool in place of ESPN Classic and ESPN America. The latter channels are no longer available outside the US and the UK. Portugal-based Fluid Youth Culture-owned Fuel TV focuses on action sports and lifestyle. US-based […]

BT Sport goes live

BT today launches its new sports channel line-up today, along with the new BT Sport website and an app selected Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. BT’s suite of BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN goes live at 6pm this evening, and are available to subscribers via BT’s TV service or on Sky. […]

Setanta takes BT Sport to Ireland

Setanta Sports has signed a deal with BT to add the latter’s new sports channels to its viewing pack in the Republic of Ireland.  From August 1, Setanta subscribers in Ireland will be able to access all three BT sports networks – BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN, which it acquired earlier this […]

HBO, ESPN and Sky launch on Apple TV

HBO, ESPN, Sky News and other content providers have launched on Apple’s TV service. The deals mean that HBO Go subscribers can watch content from the service on connected devices via Apple TV set-tops. The WatchESPN service allows Apple TV owners to watch sport video content from the ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 channels. Consumers […]

ESPN to drop 3D channel

ESPN is set to pull the plug on its US 3D sports channel by the end of this year, the broadcaster has said. The news comes three years to the month after the Disney-owned sports operator introduced the ESPN 3D channel. ESPN attributed the closure to poor viewer figures and said it would instead focus […]

ESPN to extend Twitter efforts

US Sports network ESPN is reportedly set to step up its Twitter video efforts through an expansion of its collaboration with the microblogging network, due to be announced at its annual upfront in New York today. According to a Wall Street Journal report, ESPN plans to broadcast highlight clips on the site of sporting events […]

BT open to wholesale sports deals with Virgin, Talk Talk

BT Retail CEO Gavin Patterson said the firm was still open to doing wholesale deals for its forthcoming sports channels with Virgin Media and Talk Talk, but stressed its strategy wasn’t dependent on it.  Speaking at a BT Sport launch event in London this morning, Patterson said that talks were ongoing with Virgin and would “hopefully continue” […]

Cable TV industry ‘out of whack’ says Netflix content chief

The cable industry pay model is ‘out of whack’ in the internet age, where pricing should be proportionate to viewing, said Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos.  Speaking at the FT Digital Media conference in London, Sarandos said that it was “not economically feasible” in the streaming subscription business to carry content that people didn’t […]

BT buys ESPN’s UK and Irish channels

BT Group has agreed to buy ESPN’s UK and Ireland channels business, in a move that will boost its sports output after picking up Premier League Football rights last year. The deal, which is expected to close on July 31, will give BT the ESPN and ESPN America channels and their live sports rights portfolio, […]