ESPN Plus streaming service to launch this spring for $4.99/month

Javier Howell
February 9, 2018

"We're excited about what lies ahead, with a robust film slate, the launch of our ESPN direct-to-consumer business, new investments in our theme parks, and our pending acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox", Iger said. Overall, attendance was up by six percent at Disney parks due to Pandora - The World of Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! But many sports fans might be left wondering what exactly they are paying an extra five dollars a month for.

Higher losses from streaming service Hulu, in which Disney will become a majority stakeholder pending the close of its Fox acquisition, were partially attributed to an equity decrease in investee income from US$119 million in the prior-year quarter to US$50 million.

It basically sounds like Disney is planning to offer ESPN Plus on top of traditional packages.

Unfortunately, paying for the streaming service won't give users access to what ESPN is broadcasting on its TV channels - you'll still need a cable subscription and log-in for that. Iger said the app will be an overhaul of the current ESPN app and that "the experience is being completely redone".

According to a report from The Verge, Iger said ESPN Plus will be an add-on included within the redesigned ESPN app, and not a standalone service with its own mobile and smart TV software.

ESPN Plus: What can you watch on it?

That stuff may remain exclusive to cable subscribers. It will include content from MLB, NHL, MLS, collegiate sports and tennis' Grand Slam events. However if you think that for $4.99 you'll get to stream all the popular games that you might sometimes expect from pay-per-view, think again because those will continue to require users to subscribe to particular channels that stream such content.

It still sounds like the service will have tonnes of sports programming on deck, though, with about 10,000 live regional, national, and global games and events a year, including from Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, Grand Slam tennis, and college sports.

Iger said that ESPN Plus will feature a "greatly expanded array of programs and live events for sports fans who want even more content".

Yesterday, Disney announced its quarterly earnings results and there was also some interesting information that CEO Bob Iger told CNBC.

ESPN Plus: How much will it cost?

Iger said on the latest call that Disney's new sports streaming service ESPN Plus would cost $4.99 a month.

ESPN Plus: When will it be available?

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