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Apple Reportedly an Ideal Partner to Distribute ESPN, But Deal Unlikely

Monday July 31, 2023 1:08 pm PDT by
Apple is one of several tech companies on Disney's radar as the media giant looks for a strategic partner to help expand distribution of ESPN, according to the New York Post. However, the report does not indicate if Disney has actually held discussions with Apple, and there are a few reasons why a sports partnership between the companies is unlikely. First, the report says that the idea of...
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Disney Raising Prices for ESPN+ to $6.99 Per Month/$69.99 Per Year

Monday July 12, 2021 2:16 pm PDT by
Disney today told subscribers that it is raising the price for its ESPN+ standalone streaming service. Starting on August 13, the monthly price will increase from $5.99 to $6.99, and the yearly price will increase from $59.99 per year to $69.99 per year. Prices for UFC pay-per-view matches will remain unchanged, and the bundle that includes Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ will not be increasing....

Disney Announces Upcoming Disney+, ESPN+ and Ad-Supported Hulu Streaming Bundle Priced at $12.99 Per Month

Tuesday August 6, 2019 2:09 pm PDT by
During Disney's earnings call this afternoon, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that an upcoming streaming bundle that includes access to Disney+, ESPN+, and ad-supported Hulu will be priced at $12.99 per month. The upcoming bundle will be available in the United States starting on November 12, which is the same date that the Disney+ streaming service is set to launch. Disney earlier this...
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ESPN+ Streaming Service Launches in Redesigned ESPN App for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

Thursday April 12, 2018 7:19 am PDT by
Just over a week after first announcing the name and launch date of its new streaming service, ESPN today launched ESPN+, marking the first direct-to-consumer platform to debut from Disney. ESPN+ is available on and within a redesigned ESPN app for iOS and tvOS devices. For users of Apple's TV app, ESPN+ content is supported in the TV app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. The new app...
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New 'ESPN+' Streaming Service Launching April 12 for $4.99/Month

Monday April 2, 2018 9:17 am PDT by
ESPN today announced that it will launch its new streaming service, which it's calling "ESPN+", on Thursday, April 12. The service will be integrated into a "re-imagined" version of the ESPN app, and include thousands of live sporting events, original shows and films, exclusive studio programs, and a back catalog of on-demand content. ESPN+ will cost subscribers $4.99 per month ($49.99 per...
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ESPN iOS App Now Lets Users Stream Shows On Demand

Thursday September 28, 2017 3:18 am PDT by
ESPN yesterday announced an update to its iOS app that will let users stream their favorite sports shows on demand from their mobile device. Previously, users of the ESPN app were out of luck if they missed the live video streams of popular shows such as Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption. But that's set to change, according to the channel's latest press release. "Our mission at...
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ESPN's New Apple TV App Lets You Watch Up to Four Live Sporting Events Simultaneously

Wednesday August 16, 2017 6:39 am PDT by
ESPN is releasing a new tvOS app for the fourth-generation Apple TV that allows viewers to watch up to four live sporting events simultaneously. The multicast feature means a sports fan could, for example, watch two NFL games, an MLB postseason game, and an NBA game on a Sunday in October all at once, with each stream taking up an equally-sized quadrant of the TV. There are multiple...
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ESPN Updates Apple TV App With New Interface, Live Streaming Auto-Play, and On Demand Videos

Monday April 3, 2017 7:07 am PDT by
ESPN today announced a redesign of its Apple TV app that brings live streaming auto-play and ESPN Video On Demand to Apple's fourth-generation set-top box. In addition, the app has been rebranded from WatchESPN to simply "the ESPN app." With live streaming auto-play, users will be able to jump right into the network's stream of sports content with a live video playing immediately when...
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ESPN to Launch Multi-Sport Subscription Streaming Service in Future

Tuesday August 9, 2016 3:03 pm PDT by
The Walt Disney Company has announced it is acquiring a minority 33 percent stake in BAMTech, a video streaming company previously formed by Major League Baseball, for $1 billion. Disney has the option to acquire majority ownership of BAMTech in the coming years. Disney said it will collaborate with BAMTech to launch and distribute a new ESPN-branded multi-sport subscription streaming service...
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Disney Nearing Deal to Own One-Third of MLB's $3.5 Billion Digital Business

Friday July 1, 2016 7:28 am PDT by
The Walt Disney Company is nearing a deal that will net it a one-third stake in Major League Baseball Advanced Media, the streaming division of MLB whose business is valued at around $3.5 billion (via Bloomberg). According to those close to the deal, an agreement between the two companies has not yet been officially finalized, but once it is the contract will allow Disney to purchase another 33...

Apple Frustrated by Inability to Reach Deals With TV Programmers for Television Service

Tuesday January 19, 2016 11:33 am PST by
ESPN president John Skipper spoke with The Wall Street Journal in an interview this morning, revealing some insider details on Apple's struggle to establish deals with content providers for a streaming television service. According to Skipper, Apple is "frustrated" by its ongoing inability to find a mutually advantageous way to work with programmers. Though no deals have been established, ESPN ...
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ESPN Brings WatchESPN Live Video Coverage Into Main iOS App

Thursday December 3, 2015 7:17 am PST by
ESPN today announced an update to its iOS app that will let users stream live sporting events from the separate WatchESPN service directly within the core app, a feature that would previously redirect users to a separate download of WatchESPN. Specifically concerning videos, the ESPN app before today's update only allowed for short clips and game highlights. “Offering the convenience of live ...

ESPN Merges iPhone and iPad Apps Together to Deliver Unified Experience

Thursday February 12, 2015 6:58 am PST by
ESPN is giving its digital platforms a makeover this week by consolidating its iPhone and iPad apps into one unified experience. The new ESPN app combines what was formerly ESPN SportsCenter for iPhone and ESPN ScoreCenter for iPad into one app that offers universal support for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The app has also received a significant redesign and long-overdue support for iPhone 6 and...
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SEC and Longhorn Networks Added to 'WatchESPN' Apple TV Channel

Wednesday August 20, 2014 11:58 am PDT by
Alongside the new NFL Now channel on the Apple TV debuting today, ESPN has also expanded its WatchESPN channel to include support for college sports with the SEC Network and Longhorn Network. The SEC Network is a brand-new television network created through a partnership between the Southeastern Conference and ESPN. The network launched last week ahead of the 2014 college football season...

Apple Adds ESPN and Local NPR Stations to iTunes Radio

Tuesday June 10, 2014 10:46 am PDT by
Apple has expanded the content available on iTunes Radio with a new ESPN Radio station and more than 40 local National Public Radio (NPR) stations. First noticed by AppleInsider, the new stations can be accessed directly within iTunes Radio on both iOS devices and desktop computers via a search, though the new stations may be available to some users in the Featured section. The ESPN Radio...

ESPN Launches Rebranded SportsCenter App with League 'Clubhouses', Enhanced Game Pages

Thursday November 21, 2013 6:37 am PST by
ESPN has rebranded its ScoreCenter app as ESPN SportsCenter, bringing a visual redesign, a new favorites tab for keeping track of designated teams, and a "Clubhouses" feature that acts as central hub for content from various sports leagues. The redesigned app also includes an inbox for personalized sports content, a search function, and enhanced game pages with one-tap access to GameCast live...

'ESPNews' and 'ESPN Deportes' Added to WatchESPN App on iOS and Apple TV

Wednesday August 28, 2013 2:30 pm PDT by
ESPN has added two new channels to its WatchESPN apps on the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, according to an ESPN press release. ESPN today officially launched the availability of ESPN Deportes and ESPNEWS on WatchESPN, accessible online at, on smartphones and tablets via the award-winning WatchESPN app and on Apple TV to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated...

WatchESPN Updated With Split-Screen Live and On-Demand Viewing for iPad

Thursday August 15, 2013 9:21 am PDT by
ESPN has updated its WatchESPN app with new support for split-screen viewing of content. For example, users could watch a live stream of one of ESPN's many channels while simultaneously pulling up some on-demand video content or live sports scores.The feature is exclusive to newer iPads and the iPad mini currently, but will be coming to other devices like the Apple TV and Xbox in the future.Al...
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Apple Adds WatchESPN, HBO GO, Sky News, and More to Apple TV

Wednesday June 19, 2013 7:13 am PDT by
Apple today announced a software update for its Apple TV set-top box adding new channels including WatchESPN and HBO GO. The update also brings live streaming of the UK's Sky News, as well as anime site Crunchyroll and music concert and documentary streaming service Qello.“HBO GO and WatchESPN are some of the most popular iOS apps and are sure to be huge hits on Apple TV,” said Eddy Cue,...

ESPN Releases Redesigned 'ScoreCenter' App for iPhone

Wednesday December 19, 2012 7:40 pm PST by
Although ESPN's popular ScoreCenter app for iPad recently received a refresh including a visual makeover, the iPhone version had remained the same and continued to lack support for the taller iPhone 5 display for nearly three months after the device's debut. That changed today as ESPN released a completely redesigned app that takes cues from the iPad version. ESPN released the following statement ...