Walt Disney will raise the cost of its sport streaming service ESPN+ by 17% in the US next month.
ESPN has entered into a long-term agreement with LaLiga that will make ESPN+ the new English and Spanish-language home for LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank in US for the next eight seasons.
Disney began this year with close to 146.4 million paid subscribers to its steaming services.
Fox Sports’ TV channels, online channels and apps will be rebranded ESPN in the Netherlands on January 1, 2021.
Streaming service ESPN+ will be the new US home for German football league Bundesliga as the result of a new multi-year agreement with German football association DFL that will begin in August 2020.
Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced a new bundle offer that will include the company’s three main streaming services – ESPN+, Hulu and the upcoming Disney+ – priced at $12.99 a month.
Disney expects to lose $150 million from terminating licensing deals with Netflix this year.
ESPN has lost about two million domestic subscribers over the past 12 months, according to Disney’s annual report, but added more than one million for its OTT service ESPN+.
The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment has announced that ESPN+, the multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from DTCI in collaboration with ESPN, has surpassed one million paying subscribers in just over five months since its April 2018 launch.
Bob Iger has shed some light on Disney’s plans to launch its own SVOD service rather than licensing its content to third parties such as Netflix.