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Disney BAMTech investments puts it smack in the middle of the OTT race
OTT, Mergers & Acquisitions
Disney BAM Tech investment puts it smack in the middle of the OTT race
Aug 10 2016 6:00 AM

No, the world hasn’t ended, but hell apparently, has frozen over. ESPN is going over the top, direct to consumers, something the pundits said would never happen.

Sports, Live Streaming
ACC makes it official as it announces plans for a new network with ESPN
Jul 21 2016 10:30 AM

Add the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) to the lineup of sports college athletic conferences with their own networks. The ACC announced it signed a 20-year agreement with the sportscaster that will kick off on the linear side by August of 2019.

ESPN, Verizon resolve suit over skinny bundle
Content, Sports, Pay TV
ESPN, Verizon resolve suit over skinny bundle
May 10 2016 10:30 AM

ESPN and Verizon have settled the 2015 breech of contract suit the sportscaster filed against Verizon after the telco moved it off the FiOS-TV service basic skinny bundle that was created in an effort to lure Millennials and other cord nevers and cutters to the operator.

ESPN’s Skipper: We're weighing streaming options; but standalone OTT not an option – yet
Cloud TV, Sports, Pay TV
ESPN’s Skipper: We're weighing streaming options; but standalone OTT not an option – yet
Feb 18 2016 7:00 AM

It might be a little early to hold your breath for this one, but ESPN is considering its streaming options. John Skipper, chief of the sports network, confirmed published reports that it’s exploring deals with Amazon and Apple, among others, but said ESPN won't be offered as a standalone product.

Analyst questions value paid for live sports, doubts ESPN OTT potential
Sports, Pay TV
Analyst questions value paid for live sports, doubts ESPN OTT potential
Jan 13 2016 9:45 AM

Could the value of live sports be overrated? No doubt, according to BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield who today in a blog post said the firm believes ESPN has laid out far too much cash for rights to televise major sporting events, especially as the cable bundle begins to come undone and consumers look online for their entertainment.

ESPN streaming all content to Argentina as it expands TV Everywhere
LatAM, Sports, TV Everywhere
ESPN streaming all content to Argentina as it expands TV Everywhere
Nov 30 2015 11:30 AM

ESPN is streaming all of its programming, including that from ESPN Extra, through its TV Everywhere product, ESPN Play.

The network told an audience at its Upfront 2016 presentation in Buenos Aires, that subscribers would be able to watch content on any connected device.

Previously, only ESPN 3 was available that way.

Analyst: Ad-supported media companies facing tough future
SVOD, OTT, Pay TV, Online Video Advertising
Analyst: Traditional ad-supported media companies facing tough future
Aug 03 2015 8:15 AM

More viewers are switching to content not supported by advertising, creating more problems for traditional content companies as well as for the segment of the entertainment industry – specifically broadcasters – that rely heavily on ad revenues.

Disney CEO Iger: ESPN a la carte? Absolutely… eventually
Pay TV, Sports
Disney CEO Iger: ESPN a la carte? Absolutely… eventually
Jul 27 2015 12:00 PM

“Technology is the most disruptive force that so-called traditional media is facing,” Disney CEO Bob Iger told CNBC’ Squawk Box today. That technology – and the consumer’s appetite for a la carte programming – “inevitably” will lead Disney to offer ESPN direct to consumer… but not immediately.

"If we end up seeing more erosion in the so-called multichannel [cable and satellite TV] bundle, quality will win out," he said.

ESPN signs on for a swing with Cablevision’s new addressable ad product
Ad Technology, Pay TV
ESPN signs on for a swing with Cablevision’s new addressable ad product
May 13 2015 4:45 AM

Cablevision is betting its new addressable advertising product– the Total Audience Application --  that it announced two weeks ago would be a hit with advertisers and it is… at least for one very big name.

Videomind_Podcast_Top_TV_and_Media_Headlines
Online Video, OTT, Podcasts
Videomind podcast: This week's top TV & media headlines, May 1
May 01 2015 10:45 AM

In this week's Videomind podcast, "Hack and Flack" discuss the fizzing out of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, TWC's apparent denial of an urgency around millennial-focused OTT services, and the mounting tensions between networks and operators as exemplified by ESPN suing Verizon. 

  With ESPN suing, CBS Sports willingly joins Verizon’s Custom TV Sports Pack
Pay TV, Content Deals
With ESPN suing, CBS Sports eagerly joins Verizon’s Custom TV Sports Pack
Apr 27 2015 12:30 PM

ESPN may have dropped a breech of contract lawsuit on Verizon after the telco launched its “Custom TV” skinny bundle that moved the sportsnet off the basic tier, but not every sports network is looking askance at the new $55 a month deal.

ESPN sues Verizon over ‘Custom TV’ skinny bundle plan
Pay TV, Sports, Content Deals
ESPN sues Verizon over ‘Custom TV’ skinny bundle plan
Apr 27 2015 9:45 AM

Disney has decided to play hardball with Verizon for offering its ESPN cable channel as an add-on to its new Custom TV FiOS package rather than as part of its basic tier. This morning ESPN filed a lawsuit alleging breech of contract.

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