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Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 3:23PM EDT
ESPN+ lands a Peyton Manning-hosted show
Source: The Big Lead
The iconic retired quarterback, who has been in high demand for TV work, has agreed to star in the eight-episode series Detail, where he'll break down film from NFL games in collaboration with NFL Films. The first episode drops on Thursday.
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 9:40PM EDT
Kevin Durant to produce The Boardroom for ESPN+
The NBA superstar's six-episode series will delve into the sports business and “illuminate the world of sports far beyond what fans ordinarily see."
Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 1:16PM EDT
ESPN+ hits 1 million paid subscribers after five months
Source: SportsBusiness Daily
The subscription service's numbers are higher than analysts expected while also comparing favorably to the growth of other direct-to-consumer subscription services. Yet the 1 million subscribers means ESPN is earning $5 million monthly from ESPN+ and $700 million monthly from traditional TV. ALSO: How many new ESPN+ subscribers came from ESPN Insider?
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 1:29PM EDT
ESPN's new 30 for 30 slate includes documentaries Mike Tyson vs. Buster Douglas, Junior Seau, Deion Sanders and Bob Knight
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The documentary on NFL Hall of Famer Seau, who committed suicide in 2012 and was later found to have suffered CTE, will premiere exclusively on the ESPN+ streaming platform on Sep. 20 to help boost subscriptions.
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 1:33AM EDT
Katie Nolan's late-night talk show to debut next week on ESPN+
Nolan tweeted that Always Late with Katie Nolan premieres next Wednesday on ESPN's new subscription service.
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 10:26PM EDT
ESPN Insider subscribers will be folded into ESPN+ subscription service
ESPN Insider launched in 1998 to provide exclusive written content to sports fans. Now those subscribers are being used to potentially help bolster ESPN+'s subscription numbers.
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 1:20PM EDT
Alex Gibney's Enhanced docuseries on modern sports training to premiere on ESPN+
The Oscar-winning documentarian's upcoming six-episode docuseries will explore how athletes use modern technology and science to achieve greatness. All six episodes will premiere on the streaming service on July 16.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
ESPN and Fox Sports are teaming to bid on UFC TV rights
The rival sports media companies are pitching a joint bid to split up the UFC TV package, with as many as 15 fight events to be shown on the new subscription service ESPN+. TV rights are expected to soar from the $120 million Fox is currently paying to between $300 million and $400 million.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
ESPN+ is ESPN’s most important product launch in years
Source: The New York Times
The $4.99 streaming service launching today doesn't include many ESPN staples like Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Baseball, but it is ESPN's way of moving forward as viewers abandon cable, while evolving away from "outdated" channels like ESPN News and ESPN Classic. "The company has struggled to stem the continuing loss of subscribers to cord-cutting, and needs digital services to succeed to maintain the same level of vitality with the next generation of sports fans that it has with the current one," says Kevin Draper. "If successful, ESPN+ and the ESPN app could define the network in this era, just as SportsCenter did in the 1990s and early 2000s, becoming an essential hub for obsessive sports fans. If they aren’t, the company will have to continue to rely on what is likely to be a shrinking market for pay television."
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:00PM EDT
ESPN announces its streaming service ESPN+ will launch on April 12
ESPN's new streaming service will be called "ESPN+," not "ESPN Plus." ESPN is promising "thousands of live events" in addition to its back catalogue of programming and studio shows. But it won't feature any of the biggest games broadcast on ESPN. ALSO: Here is what ESPN+ does and doesn't have.
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 11:36PM EST
ESPN will charge $5/month for its “ESPN Plus” subscription service
Disney CEO Bob Iger says subscribers will have access to “thousands” of hours of live sporting events not currently available on ESPN, plus the contents of the 30 for 30 library. But it won’t include the games that will be broadcast on ESPN’s cable channels.
Posted Thursday 11/09/17 at 6:08PM EST
ESPN is getting an ESPN Plus streaming service
Source: Broadcasting & Cable
Disney CEO Bob Iger promises a “one-of-a-kind product” with ESPN Plus, which will have ESPN programming plus access to thousands of live sporting events. “It will have more live sports than you can get on any channel, site or app,” he says. ALSO: ESPN plans to lay off more than 100 staffers after Thanksgiving.