ESPN+ to launch April 12

ESPN+, the upcoming direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International in partnership with ESPN and featuring ESPN branded content, will launch on April 12th and offer fans what the broadcaster describes as a “dynamic” lineup of live sports, original content and an “unmatched” library of award-winning on-demand programming for a subscription price of $4.99 (€4.05) per month.

ESPN+ will be an integrated part of a completely redesigned and reimagined ESPN App aiming to be the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans. ESPN+ will also be available through ESPN.com. The new ESPN App and ESPN+ showcase the culture of breakthrough innovation at ESPN and across The Walt Disney Company.

“ESPN was built on a belief in innovation and the powerful connection between sports and a remarkable array of fans,” commented James Pitaro, ESPN President and Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks. “That same belief is at the heart of ESPN+ and the new ESPN App. With ESPN+, fans have access to thousands more live games, world class original programmes and on-demand sports content, all at a great price.  They will get all of that as a part of a completely re-imagined, increasingly personalised ESPN App that provides easy, one-stop access to everything ESPN offers.”

ESPN+ is the first direct-to-consumer service offering from Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International, the multiplatform media, technology and distribution organisation for high-quality content created by Disney’s Media Networks and Studio Entertainment groups. A Disney-branded direct-to-consumer service, offering subscription-video-on-demand viewing of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm movies along with a host of exclusive content, will launch in late 2019. Both streaming services are powered by BAMTECH, a unit of Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International.

“The launch of ESPN+ marks the beginning of an exciting new era of innovation for our media businesses – one defined by an increasingly direct and personal relationship with consumers,” explained Kevin Mayer, Chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and International, The Walt Disney Company. “This new product reflects our direct-to-consumer strategy focused on combining our beloved brands with our proprietary, industry-leading technology to give users unparalleled access to our world-class content.”

The ESPN+ programming line-up will offer four key pillars of content:

  • Thousands of live sports events
  • High-quality original shows and films
  • Exclusive studio programmes
  • An unmatched on-demand library

“ESPN+ will connect fans directly to sports they love wherever and whenever they want,” added Michael Paull, President, BAMTECH Media. “Together, BAMTECH’s industry-leading direct-to-consumer video platform and capabilities combined with ESPN’s unmatched sports content will deliver fans an all-new streaming experience with exciting product features built for watching incredible live and on-demand sports.”

Additional details about the array of content in the ESPN+ programming lineup will be announced in the coming days and weeks.

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