ESPN+ Will Be The Exclusive Home of ESPN’s “30 for 30” On-Demand Streaming


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Three happy young men watching football game and keeping arms raised while sitting on sofaThis week ESPN’s new president Jimmy Pitaro sat down with Variety to talk about ESPN. During the interview, we got some new details about ESPN’s new streaming service EPSN+.

One of the newest revelations is that ESPN+ will be the exclusive home of on-demand access to ESPN’s “30 for 30.” Now you will still be able to watch 30 for 30 live on ESPN and from the wording, you will likely still be able to buy episodes and seasons on services like Amazon and iTunes. This likely does mean that Hulu will lose access to the current 30 for 30 content they offer. The good news is Hulu already only offers the 30 for 30 shorts not the longer documentaries from ESPN.

We also recently learned that ESPN will be creating original documentaries just for ESPN+. Not only that but subscribing to ESPN+ will give you access to 10,000 plus sporting events not aired on traditional ESPN channels every year.

It all began with Wayne Gretzky. The very first film in ESPN’s 30 For 30 documentary series was Kings Ransom, director Peter Berg’s account of the landmark trade of one of the greatest athletes in history. Since that film premiered on October 6, 2009, 30 for 30 has evolved into a series that has both revitalized and revolutionized the art of the sports documentary through a diverse range of filmmakers telling specific stories that touch on larger themes beyond sports.

Originally inspired by ESPN’s 30th anniversary with a focus on topics from 1979 to 2009, the Peabody, Emmy-winning and Academy Award-winning series has extended beyond that framework and has now produced more than 90 films, from The U, The Two Escobars and You Don’t Know Bo to the first-ever 30 for 30 film event, O.J: Made in America. With each documentary, the filmmakers have brought their passion and personal approach to the screen, detailing the issues, trends, athletes, teams, rivalries, games and moments that have transformed the sports landscape.

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