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Report: NFL TV ad revenue up 14%

MediaRadar data shows that 2021 preseason NFL games generated $41.9 million (€36m) in TV ad revenue, while, to date, regular season NFL games have generated $1.1 billion across six networks in the US: CBS, Fox, ESPN, ABC, NBC, and NFL Network.  After a cancelled preseason and interrupted regular season last year, TV ad revenue for […]

October 22, 2021

Google, NBA sign marketing and tech partnership

Google and the National Basketball Association (NBA) have announced a multiyear marketing and technology partnership that will see Google Pixel become the Official Fan Phone of the NBA, NBA G League and NBA 2K League. As part of the deal, Google Pixel will become the first presenting partner of the NBA Playoffs with integration into […]

October 19, 2021

ESPN+ adds KHL to hockey line-up

ESPN+ will stream more than 130 Kontinental Hockey League games this season, including all playoff and Gagarin Cup championship games, exclusively in the US on ESPN+. The KHL is the premier professional ice hockey league in Europe and Asia, with 23 teams based in Russia, Belarus, China, Finland, Latvia, and Kazakhstan. Throughout the season, ESPN+ […]

October 4, 2021

Edge Innovation Center from ESPN

ESPN has launched the ESPN Edge Innovation Center, aiming to collaborate with other leaders in technology to explore how new technologies such as 5G, Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) and mobile edge computing (MEC) can enable new ways for fans to experience sports. The ESPN Edge Innovation Center will include key partnerships in the categories […]

September 6, 2021

Disney closing Hotstar in US

Disney is to close down its Hotstar streaming service in the United States in late 2022, but has yet to confirm an end date. It is streamlining its streaming services by moving content over to Hulu and ESPN+. “The move from Hotstar, a premium brand for South Asian content, to ESPN+ and Hulu in the […]

September 1, 2021By Colin Mann

Disney’s Star+ launches in LatAm

Star+, The Walt Disney Company’s new general entertainment and sports streaming service for adults, has launched in Latin America. The service includes fiction and non-fiction productions fully created in Latin America, a broad offering of live sports from ESPN, new international original productions, the full collection of animated comedies from 20th Television, exclusive movie premieres, […]

September 1, 2021

MLS audience up 50% on ABC, ESPN

The 2021 Major League Soccer season (MLS) on ABC and ESPN networks in the US has delivered an average audience of 384,000 viewers through 18 matches, a 50 per cent increase compared to the 2020 regular-season average (257,000). Compared to the 2019 regular-season average (277,000 viewers), the audience of 384,000 average viewers for MLS on […]

August 27, 2021

South Africa: SABC scores ESPN content

South Africa’s SABC public broadcaster has struck a deal with Disney which allows it to tap into ESPN’s international live sporting portfolio as well as a library of key sporting content from ESPN’s archive. The SABC Sports channel will also include European football games. The output will also be available on eMedia Holdings’ free-to-view Openview […]

August 23, 2021By Chris Forrester

Disney extends Mediacom, NCTC carriage deals

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution and Mediacom Communications Corporation have announced a new comprehensive agreement to continue to deliver Disney’s line-up of sports, news, kids, family and general entertainment content to Mediacom customers in the US. As part of the distribution agreement, Mediacom will now offer the ACC Network to its subscriber base, allowing fans […]

August 23, 2021

Mediapro opens new production centre in Miami

Mediapro US, which produces more than 5,500 hours of television content annually and operates 10 television channels, has added a new production centre in Florida located adjacent to its existing Miami headquarters. The Mediapro Group now has a total of four production centres located throughout the US: two in Miami, one in Brooklyn and the […]

August 17, 2021