|Area served||United States|
|Owner||Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International
(The Walt Disney Company)
ESPN+ is an upcoming over-the-top subscription service to be launched in 2018.
In August 2016, The Walt Disney Company acquired a minority stake in BAMTech, a spin-out of MLB Advanced Media's streaming technology business, for $1 billion, with an option to acquire a majority stake in the future. Disney subsidiary ESPN already used its services for its TV Everywhere platform WatchESPN; it was announced that ESPN planned to develop an over-the-top service based on BAMTech technology as "an exploratory OTT project", drawing primarily from ESPN-owned events not broadcast on television. Disney CEO Bob Iger remarked that despite declines in the pay television industry due to cord cutting, "live sports has really thrived, even in a world where there's so much more for people to do and to watch."
In August 2017, Disney invoked its option to acquire a majority stake in BAMTech, and announced that it planned to launch its ESPN OTT service in 2018, followed by a Disney entertainment OTT service in 2019 (thus ending its relationship with Netflix). At this time, Disney stated that the new ESPN service would draw from ESPN-owned sports rights, as well as MLB, NHL, and Major League Soccer content (although lacking major ESPN-owned rights such as the NBA and NFL), and touted that it would be a "premier digital destination" for sports content. During Disney's fourth-quarter earnings call, Iger revealed that the service would be known as ESPN+. In December 2017, Disney announced its intent to acquire 21st Century Fox after the spin-off of certain businesses. The deal will include the Fox Sports Networks group of regional sports networks, which led to suggestions that Disney wanted the networks to order to incorporate their respective local sports rights into the service.
In February 2018, Iger stated that ESPN was aiming for a monthly price of $4.99. ESPN+ and BAMTech were placed into the new formed Disney business segment, Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International, on March 14, 2018.
The ESPN+ service will be available with monthly and annual subscription options; some content will be available for free. Several existing OTT out of market sports packages, including MLB.tv, and NHL.tv, will also be available for purchase within the ESPN+ platform. It will also include ESPN original programming and documentaries. The service will be delivered through an updated version of the ESPN app. It will not include access to the full ESPN linear channels, as they will only be available through "traditional or non-traditional" television providers.
Prior to the 2018 season, Major League Soccer announced that it would discontinue its existing out-of-market streaming package MLS Live, and that out-of-market matches would become available to ESPN+ subscribers at no additional charge. On March 9, 2018, the Chicago Fire announced that ESPN+ would be the exclusive rightsholder of its regionally-televised matches through 2020 (as the second MLS team behind Los Angeles FC to sell its regional rights to a streaming service). Due to ESPN's out-of-market MLS rights, regional Fire matches will effectively have no blackouts.
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