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, […]

Disney looks at exiting ESPN UK

Disney has confirmed that it is looking at pulling out of its UK-based sport channel ESPN. The media giant is already on the record as considering exiting a number of international markets as a result of the growing costs of acquiring live sporting rights and on an analyst call yesterday, CFO James Rasulo said that […]

ESPN renews Budweiser FA Cup deal

ESPN has renewed its sponsorship deal with Budweiser for the English FA Cup football competition. The latest deal includes a number of new elements, according to ESPN. Social media integration will underpin the pair’s joint activities. Fans watching or accessing any of the multi-platform content will be encouraged to share their views and opinions on […]

ESPN promotes executives

European sports broadcaster ESPN has promoted a number of programming and digital executives as part of a senior shake up. The company has promoted Simon Potter and Charly Classen as part of the revamp. Potter will take over leadership of the company’s programming and production group across Europe, Middle East and Africa. The former Sunset […]

ESPN launches iPad Player app

Sports channel ESPN has launched a free ESPN Player app on the Apple iPad across the EMEA region. The move is the first time ESPN has made its player on a device other than a desktop computer. The sports streaming service is available from today as a free application on the iPad, downloadable from the […]

Red Bee to supply live subtitling for ESPN UK

Red Bee Media has struck a multi-year deal to supply live subtitles for ESPN UK’s live sports network, beginning this month. The deal marks the first time that ESPN UK’s live sports network is providing live subtitles on all of ESPN’s live coverage of Barclays Premier League, Scottish Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup, England […]

Meeting increased cost of Premier League made “no sense” for ESPN

It made no sense to pay an additional 70% to retain English Premier League rights in the UK, given that telco BT viewed holding the sports rights as a way to defend its broadband business rather than as a profit centre in their own right, Murray Barnett, vice-president, media distribution, ESPN, told CTAM Europe EuroSummit […]