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ESPN+ passes 2 million subscribers in under a year

ESPN+, Disney’s standalone premium subscription service for sports fans, now has over 2 million subscribers. Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the latest growth stat during his company’s quarterly earnings call this afternoon. – Chris Welch, The Verge » http://bit.ly/2Sx7xtt

ESPN+ streaming service launches on Roku devices

The service will also include a year-round boxing schedule, more than 250 exclusive Major League Soccer matches and college sports including football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, track & field, gymnastics, swimming & diving, lacrosse, wrestling, volleyball, golf and more from conferences including the America East, ASun, Big South, Big West, Horizon, Ivy League, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Missouri Valley, NEC, Southern Conference, Southland, Summit League, Sun Belt, WAC and many more. – Ben Munson, FierceCable https://ift.tt/2HEUiPr

ESPN Will Count Linear, Streaming Audiences as One

Monday’s broadcast day will be the first on which ESPN will offer a live “total audience” number that reflects both traditional TV watching as well as viewing via streaming services, executives said Friday. ESPN and Nielsen, the media-measurement firm upon whose data the industry relies, will add to that number over the next few weeks, adding in viewing done on mobile screens as well as viewing done via “out of home” sources, like TVs in bars and hotels. – Brian Steinberg,
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ESPN’s Apple TV app now lets you watch four games at once

The ESPN app itself offers a variety of different configurations for viewing the multiple streams. You can view all four in a grid pattern, where each square is the same size. Or you can click to make one window go fullscreen, while others jet off to the side. There’s also a 2-up mode, 3-up mode, and picture-in-picture mode. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch http://ift.tt/2w321n9

ESPN’s standalone streaming service arrives in 2018

The ESPN service will feature approximately “10,000 live regional, national, and international games and events a year,” according to a press release. That includes Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, Grand Slam Tennis and college sports. Crucially, individual sport packages like MLB.TV, NHL.TV and MLS Live will also be available, meaning you will conceivably be able to customize your streaming access and skip paying for what you won’t watch. – David Lumb, Engadget http://engt.co/2hIbRFe

Embattled ESPN Cries Uncle: Streaming Now On the Table

Disney CEO Bob Iger said at a conference Tuesday, “Rights are not an issue, It can be done… but there are issues we face doing it. Pricing is one of them.” […] A standalone, subscription streaming service might be an option to pick up some of those lost subscribers. In order to believe that, though, you have to believe that the 7 million lost subscribers were fans of ESPN. My guess is that most of those 7 million lost subscribers were not ESPN fans. Rather, they were individuals sick and tired of paying for an obscenely-priced cable or satellite package — and a big reason for that obscene pricing is ESPN. – John Nolte, Breitbart

ESPN Is Talking to Dish, Others About New Streaming Packages

ESPN isn’t looking to sell directly to consumers. “We do not believe that right now to be good business,” Skipper said. Instead, ESPN is betting on preserving the traditional pay TV bundle. “We have no intention of changing that proposition. That is excellent business for us,” [John Skipper] said. Still, the realities of cord cutting haven’t been lost on Skipper. ESPN saw its subscribers decline last year, which contributed to a sell-off in media stock. “There have been some losses due to cord cutting,” Skipper acknowledged. – Janko Roettgers, Variety

Disney Says Skinny Bundles Are Hurting ESPN and Will Save ESPN

Disney says that the subscriber losses it has seen at ESPN, which it first started noting out loud last summer, come from people signing up for smaller pay TV packages, which don’t include ESPN. Disney also says that it is pleased with the traction it is seeing from Sling TV, a Web-based skinny bundle — it offers a couple dozen channels for $20 a month — that includes ESPN. Sling isn’t a giant hit — it likely has no more than 500,000 subscribers — but Disney CEO Bob Iger and his lieutenants repeatedly called it out on Tuesday, suggesting that ESPN would be working with other skinny bundles in the future. – Peter Kafka, Re/code

The ESPN app now streams live sports from WatchESPN

The network has announced that users can now enjoy WatchESPN‘s streams without having to leave its main ESPN app, with the update rolling out for iOS and Android. “This is just the first step in marrying our two largest apps and two largest mobile audiences,” an ESPN spokesperson tells Engadget. – Edgar Alvarez, Engadget

Disney’s Cable Subscriber Loss Could Soon Put Netflix on Top

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And Netflix and ESPN aren’t the only companies navigating those opposing trends. Disney’s other cable channels all reported between 4 and 5 million lost subscribers from two years ago. Other major network groups — including NBCUniversal, Viacom and Turner — have also lost customers. – Daniel Holloway, The Wrap
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