Advanced Television


ESPN Podcasts sets download record

ESPN Podcasts experienced strong growth in 2020, with downloads growing 28 per cent to nearly 500,000,000, a new record (499.3 million).  The old mark was set a year ago. The strongest month was September. ESPN set a record with 50.1 million downloads (up 45 per cent from 2019) while the combined network of ESPN / […]

February 4, 2021

ESPN+ acquires Cricket West Indies rights

ESPN+ has agreed a new five-year agreement with Cricket West Indies for exclusive US rights to all men’s and women’s matches in the International Cricket Council Future Tours Programme played in the Caribbean. The deal also includes domestic CWI matches for a total of 124 matches including 20 Tests, 46 ODI and 58 T20s. The […]

January 29, 2021

Report: “Success stories for TV sport amid pandemic”

With major international events such as the Summer Olympics and the European Football Championship, the 2019/20 season looked set to become an exceptional year. Before these events were cancelled, other major international competitions had marked the start of the season, such as the Rugby World Cup, from September 20th to November 2nd, which was a […]

December 21, 2020

ESPN+ to stream 23 PGA Tour events in 2021

ESPN+, the US sports streaming platform, and the PGA Tour have reached an agreement for ESPN+ to stream live, featured-hole coverage from 23 PGA Tour events in 2021, starting with the Farmers Insurance Open in January and continuing through the FedExCup Playoffs and the Tour Championship in September. The new agreement follows a similar pact […]

December 15, 2020

Disney+ nears 87m subs; price hikes coming

The Walt Disney Company has detailed next steps in its global streaming expansion at its 2020 Investor Day, with new details on the future of its direct-to-consumer services Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+, a first look at its upcoming international general entertainment content brand, Star, and previews of all-new content. Bob Chapek, CEO at The Walt […]

December 11, 2020By Nik Roseveare

Extreme E LatAm broadcast deal with ESPN

Extreme E, the electric off-road racing series, has confirmed a partnership with ESPN in Latin America. ESPN will broadcast live racing action as well as highlights, magazine, preview and review shows across Latin American countries including Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Chile in English, Spanish or Portuguese. This is a particularly important territory for Extreme E […]

November 24, 2020

Report: Disney+ struggling to break into ‘Big 3’ US SVoDs

Parks Associates has released its updated list of the top 10 US subscription OTT services, based on estimated number of subscribers through September 2020 from the firm’s OTT Video Market Tracker. Parks Associates notes that recent entrants such as HBO Max, Apple TV+, and Disney+ have rearranged the top ten list. Sling TV dropped out […]

November 19, 2020

Analyst: Disney+ to hit 194m subs by 2025

Based on September 2020 results, analyst firm Digital TV Research expects five global platforms to have 678 million paying SVoD subscribers by 2025. Disney+ will add 112 million subscribers between 2020 and 2025 to take its total to 194 million. Netflix will increase by 73 million subscribers; revealing strong growth even for the longest established […]

November 16, 2020

fuboTV nears 0.5m subs

fuboTV, the US sports-first live TV streaming platform, has announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30th 2020. The company, which closed its public offering on October 13th, delivered the strongest quarter in its history and exceeded previously raised guidance with solid growth in revenue, subscription and viewership. Q3 2020 highlights […]

November 11, 2020

ESPN cuts 500 jobs

Disney’s ESPN will reduce its workforce by about 500 people, network president Jimmy Pitaro has told employees. The US sports network has about 6,000 employees, so the cuts amoun to about 8 per cent of its total workforce. “For some time, ESPN has been engaged in planning for its future amidst tremendous disruption in how […]

November 6, 2020