Disney’s ESPN+ streaming service to also have Cricket content

MUMBAI: The Walt Disney Company’s new direct to consumer streaming service ESPN+ will feature thousands of live events across sports including Cricket.

Priced at $4.99 per month, ESPN+ will offer fans access to more leagues, more teams, and more games than ever before, including Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer and the NHL, along with a rich array of college sports as well as Grand Slam Tennis, Boxing, Golf, Rugby, and Cricket that aren’t available on the ESPN linear networks.

Disney CEO Bob Iger said that ESPN+ will be an add-on within the revamped ESPN app and not a standalone service.

“This one app approach will deliver three main features. It will provide countless scores and highlights, as well as podcasts and other sports information, with a more user-friendly, mobile interface. It will enable access to live streams of all of ESPN’s networks, provided consumers are subscribers to multi-channel packages. And, it will feature our new ESPN+ subscription service,” Iger said.

Powered by BAMTech’s proprietary technology, the service will offer a wide array of programmes and live events for sports fans.

Additionally, ESPN+ will feature the full library of ESPN Films, including the highly acclaimed 30 for 30 documentary series, and we’re also creating a robust slate of high-quality original content exclusively for this platform.

The new ESPN app will launch in 2019. It will be available on a variety of platforms at the time of launch, including iOS, Android, tvOS, Chromecast — with more to follow.

“We’re very excited to bring this product to market, an opportunity created by our BAMTech acquisition. We plan to invest further in the direct-to-consumer feature, adding more live games and produced sports programming, along with even greater personalization in the years ahead,” Iger stated.

He also noted that the upcoming Disney DTC service will also combine the full range of BAMTech’s capabilities with some of the world’s most popular IP to deliver a compelling consumer experience when it launches in late 2019.

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