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July 27, 2015: The Day Cable TV As We Know It Died… ESPN Plans Standalone Service…

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In what should go down as a day everyone will remember Disney CEO Bob Iger told CNBC’s Squawk Box that EPSN will one day be sold straight to consumers. While no dates or details have been set, this move will be the death of cable TV as we know it.

Sports is the number one reason people who want to cut the cord keep cable TV. With sports increasingly becoming available without a cable subscription ever-greater pressure is now on other cable channels to make their content available outside of cable television.

It is expected that ESPN will still be available on cable TV, just like HBO, Showtime, and CBS. The ESPN standalone service will not mean the end of ESPN on cable.

The real positive effect of this is that it will force other networks that have been resisting making their content available online to face the fact that cord cutting has changed everything.

Here are three things we expect to happen now that the last safe haven of cable TV is leaving.

  • Many more networks will offer their own standalone service or partner with services like Sling TV or Netflix.
  • Cable providers will work quickly to launch cord-cutting friendly services like Sling TV.
  • One major cable provider will move to make a la carte TV a reality.

I would expect these three changes to happen long before ESPN is officially available directly from ESPN.

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3 Responses to July 27, 2015: The Day Cable TV As We Know It Died… ESPN Plans Standalone Service…

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    Charles July 28, 2015 at 8:03 am #

    “this move will be the death of cable TV as we know it.”

    If Fox Sports also does this or the sporting packages remove blackouts, this won’t completely kill cable. However, this move will hurt them. I am sure word of this alone is making pay-tv providers sweat.

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    Ron Lane July 29, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

    I need ESPN, fox sports 1 and 2 and CBS sports network before the College Football season starts, with a DVR to record it all or I am going to have to relent and order Dish Network.

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    Alan Smithee August 2, 2015 at 7:24 am #

    SO glad I’m not a sports fan- they’ve been getting screwed for years having to PAY just to watch ESPN and being shown TONS of commercials on top of that! I refuse to pay money to watch ad-supported channels!