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ESPN In Talks To Stream All Channels Online, For A Price

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    ESPN in talks to stream all channels online, for a price | The Verge (click for full article)

    by Casey Newton - August 21, 2013

    Disney-owned ESPN has held preliminary talks to make its programming available on internet television services like the ones said to be under development by Apple, Google, Intel, and Sony. In an interview with Bloomberg, ESPN president John Skipper said the sports network is interested in selling its entire package of channels to a web-based television service, including its main channel, ESPN2, and ESPN News.


    Winning ESPN would be a coup for any of the internet TV services now under development. Live sporting events are a major reason many cable subscribers have resisted cutting the cord, and ESPN commands the highest subscriber fees of any cable channel. More than 98 million people subscribe to the channel, according to Disney's latest annual report.
     
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    Disney?s ESPN Holds Preliminary Talks for Web-Based TV - Bloomberg (click for full article)

    By Christopher Palmeri & Andy Fixmer - Aug 21, 2013 6:20 PM ET


    Walt Disney Co. (DIS)'s ESPN sports network has held preliminary talks to offer programming on a Web-based TV service like those proposed by Google Inc. (GOOG), Sony Corp. and Intel Corp. (INTC)

    An Internet TV provider would have to pay as much or more than cable and satellite services, President John Skipper said today at ESPN's campus in Bristol, Connecticut. He declined to specify the companies ESPN has spoken with.

    A Web-based service would have to buy "the whole suite of products," Skipper said. "We're not going to offer one-offs." The network includes the flagship channel, plus others such as ESPN2, ESPN News and mobile applications offered to existing pay-TV subscribers.
     
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    If whatever happens results in an ESPN streaming service available at $30/month, good luck finding a market willing to pay that price.
     

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