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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Disney is launching its own streaming platform, and MLB games will be a part of it

Today, Disney announced that it will be crafting a streaming platform of its own to house all of its movies, Pixar films, and planned exclusive content, launching in 2019.

The downside of this announcement is that the company is pulling all of its movies off Netflix at the end of 2018. That leaves you only 17 months to watch Moana as many times as you possibly can before it’s gone.

The good news, or at least one of the most interesting developments from the announcement, is that the streaming platform will also include content from multiple leagues and sporting events — including baseball.

The ESPN part of the streaming service “will feature about 10,000 sporting events each year” and “have content from the MLB, NHL, MLS, collegiate sports and tennis’ Grand Slam events,” which seems to mean that the ESPN app and streaming service you know and love right now is getting a makeover and a shot of energy.

Most importantly, Disney is planning on running the entire sports operation with the technology of BAMTech — formerly a part of MLB Advanced Media. Disney officially bought a majority stake in the company with a fresh $1.58 billion investment.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 09, 2017 at 12:19 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: disney, espn, media, mlbam

Monday, May 08, 2017

Why ESPN Hemorrhaging Money Will Impact The Next Wave Of National TV Deals

Overall, the landscape is seeing a shift with subs dropping from pay-TV. Whether there is a shift in providing skinny bundles or somehow channels being offered ala carte, fees through traditional pay-TV subscribers will likely continue to drop. Disney has made a substantial investment in BAM Tech, the MLB Advanced Media spin-off to provide ESPN an over-the-top (OTT) service platform that can grow, but there is bound to be a period of flux between the pay-TV model and getting to cord-cutters or no-corders that presents a revenue drop before transitions to monetizing just those that have no interest at all in pay-TV.

Right now, the model is pay-TV and premium live sports content to digital are attached at the hip. Yes, you can watch streaming to digital devices, but you’re forced to authenticate by showing that you have a pay-TV subscription. This has left those that have cut the cord with an inability to access the content, and as the MoffettNathenson numbers show, there is an increasing number of subscribers that are willing to walk away from live content if not available through streaming services. This audience can get some live streamed content through deals such as Twitter or Facebook, but it is not expansive, and there is limited programming to bookend live content.

So, unless ESPN gets the ship righted, they could potentially walk away from some content, or at the very least, not be able to be aggressive in bidding, which could allow others to move in and grab content out from underneath them.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 08, 2017 at 11:46 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: cable, espn, television rights

Friday, April 28, 2017

‘Sports Center’ Anchor Agrees Politics is Hurting ESPN

But how could anyone not believe that Bruce Jenner deserves the Arthur Ashe award?

Captain Supporter Posted: April 28, 2017 at 10:38 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: espn

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ESPN will cut 100 on-air personalities today

ESPN will cut more than 100 employees today, Yahoo Finance has learned.

That number is much bigger than the 40-50 that was initially reported. ESPN aims to notify all of the people today, if it can do so.

It has been widely reported for weeks that big cuts are coming to ESPN—so widely reported, and dissected, and gossiped about, in fact, that ESPN moved up its schedule and is notifying people earlier than it originally planned.

The 100 people getting cut are all “on-air talent,” a label ESPN uses for TV personalities, radio hosts, and writers who regularly appear on TV and radio. (ESPN says it has 1,000 such people, prior to these cuts.)

In addition to those 100, a “limited number of other positions will also be affected,” according to a note sent to all employees on Wednesday morning from ESPN president John Skipper.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 26, 2017 at 10:12 AM | 278 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, sports television

 

 

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