Sports has long been one of the main reasons people stick with cable. Your favorite shows may be something you can wait until tomorrow for, but live events, such as sports, are something people watch as they happen.
Last week, Disney, the parent company of ESPN, bought a 1/3 stake in MLBAM, the backbone of many popular streaming services such as HBO NOW and MLB.TV. They also have the option to buy 1/3 more of the company at a future date if they so wish.
Now it is being reported by Information that ESPN is discussing releasing a standalone streaming service, but there are some catches. The main catch being that that not all sports will be included.
It sounds as though NFL and NBA games on ESPN will not be included, but there is speculation that college football will be included. Yet right now all we have are third-hand reports, and the final service could be almost anything.
It is increasingly looking likely that ESPN is working on a standalone streaming service to try to turn the tide on the 10,000 subscribers they are losing almost every day. What that service will look like when it is released is something that maybe even people at ESPN do not even know right now.
Services like this often change during development, so while we are hearing leak after leak that they are working on a service who knows how far away we are from it becoming public?
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