For about a year now we have been hearing that Disney plans to launch a standalone ESPN streaming service. During Disney’s third quarter earnings call we got our first details of the new service.
Disney CEO Bob Iger said that the new app will be able to “stream our channels on an authenticated basis and subscribe to ESPN+ for additional sports coverage including thousands of live sporting events.”
In the past, ESPN made it clear that this will not be access to live streams of ESPN content without a subscription to a service that offers ESPN. Once again it looks like ESPN will be offering additional sports events not included on their cable channels.
Disney announced that the service will be called ESPN Plus (may also be written ESPN+.)
ESPN+ will launch in spring of 2018. Disney stopped just short of stating a date.
Details are still thin but we do now know the name, a rough launch date, and the kind of content to expect.
The main question now is will ESPN be able to offer content that people are willing to pay extra for.
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