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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

Monday, April 03, 2017

MLB Opening Night on ESPN: Highest-Rated Since 2010

Everyone tuning in to see the Cardinals wheel out their championship trophies!

MLB Opening Night on ESPN, in which the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs 4-3, was the highest-rated Opening Night telecast since 2010, based on metered market ratings from Nielsen. The ESPN telecast delivered a 2.3 metered market rating, up 10 percent from last year, which was a World Series rematch between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals.

Additionally, the Cubs-Cardinals matchup drew a record Opening Night streaming audience for ESPN. The game generated 20,457,000 total minutes streamed, 321,000 unique viewers and an average minute audience of 91,000 viewers. These metrics were up 94 percent, 59 percent and 78 percent, respectively, from last year’s Opening Night streaming audience.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2017 at 10:50 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball ratings, cardinals, cubs, espn

Sunday, March 12, 2017

OTP 13 March 2017: A Week in Breitbart Sports

DJ Gallo spends a week reading Breitbart Sports so we don’t have to:

I always endeavor to watch sports, if for no other reason than to gain a brief escape from the rest of our hyper-partisan culture. But then I happened to discover that there is something called Breitbart Sports. Yes, Breitbart.com, the flagship website of the nationalistic, alt-right. The angry white man to the New York Times’ old gray lady, the publication whose headlines (and longtime publisher) have somehow come to inform the most powerful and misinformed man in the world, is slinging sports news and takes with the rest of us.

The idea of sport as a uniter made it through the first world war, but could it withstand an association with Breitbart?

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

 

BDC Posted: March 12, 2017 at 07:18 PM | 1534 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, nba, nfl, politics, tim tebow

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Travis: ESPN Cutting Nearly $100 Million In On-Air Talent

#StickToSports

Two years ago ESPN cut several hundred behind the scenes jobs to save hundreds of millions of dollars in yearly costs. Since that time ESPN’s subscriber losses have accelerated, averaging over three million lost subscribers a year. Now new jobs cuts are coming, only this time you’re likely to know some of the casualties—Outkick has heard from a variety of different sources that ESPN is cutting up to $100 million in on-air salaries.

Yep, on air. This means you’re going to know many of the people leaving the network.

The cuts will come via buyouts and expiring contracts that won’t be renewed and when those layoffs start becoming apparent many will recognize that what Outkick has been writing for a couple of years now—ESPN is in a world of trouble and doesn’t know how to stem a rapidly collapsing business model.

ESPN’s collapse is the biggest story in sports yet most still haven’t realized it.

That business collapse at ESPN has caused a panic at the network, a desperate grab for relevance that has led to a pronounced leftward move. ESPN’s trying desperately to stay relevant as ratings collapse and subscribers flee. The decision? “We’ll be MSESPN, the home for far left wing politics and sports!” Only, it’s not working.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: March 07, 2017 at 06:00 PM | 260 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, cable, espn, jobs, politics

 

 

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