ESPN’s streaming service ESPN+ to launch April 12		
		
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While you may not be a sports fan, Disney Media Networks' plans for ESPN+ may have bigger implications for you down the line.

"With ESPN+, fans have access to thousands more live games, world-class original programs and on-demand sports content, all at a great price", according to James Pitaro ESPN President and Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks.

ESPN+ will be powered by BAMTech Media-which is 75 percent owned by The Walt Disney Company, 15 percent by MLB Advanced Media, and 9 percent by the NHL-and which will also power the Disney-branded OTT subscription service coming in late 2019.


Disney's technology unit, BAMTECH, a unit of Disney Direct-to-Consumer and worldwide, is backing the services.

Boxing - Thanks to its agreement with Top Rank Boxing, subscribers will have access to various bouts including the Amir Khan vs. Phil Lo Greco card which will be streamed exclusively on ESPN+.

ESPN+ will launch on April 12 and will be a subscription platform built in to the ESPN app.


ESPN+ will offer one Major League Baseball game and one NHL game per day throughout the regular seasons for each sport. The on-demand library could refer to classic sporting games, documentaries, or a list of selected ESPN original programming.

ESPN announced on Monday that it will officially launch its own streaming service next week, on April 12th 2018 to be exact.

ESPN has lost more than 11 million subscribers over the last few years, primarily thanks to cord cutting and the rise of so-called "skinny" TV bundles, which provide bundles of fewer channels for less money. That'll kick off with the 2018-19 National Hockey League season, with a daily game throughout. Instead, ESPN seems to be targeting people who've already given up on cable, with a package that restores access to some live sports. And, this winter, college-hoops fans will get hundreds of men's and women's games every season on ESPN+ from all across the college-basketball landscape: from Division I powerhouses to top mid-majors to the next tournament Cinderella and more. College sports will be shown live in addition, spanning everything from golf through gymnastics, swimming and diving, wrestling, and soccer. ESPN also promises PGA golf coverage, Grand Slam tennis matches and global sports like rugby and cricket will be part of its monthly streaming package.


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