ESPN and YouTube Teaming Up?
July 14, 2016
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The success of services like HBO Go, which allows people who are not cable subscribers to watch HBO programming, has other channels looking at similar options. As reported today, it appears ESPN is going to throw its hat in the ring, teaming with YouTube for a streaming service that would allow sports fans who have cut the cable TV cord to watch a limited amount of ESPN programming.
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Walt Disney’s ESPN sports network plans to unveil a package of live programming it will offer directly to consumers on the Web, said a person with knowledge of the plans. The move is a baby step towards ESPN becoming a direct-to-consumer service.
ESPN’s new offering won’t include high-value content like professional football or basketball, but rather more niche leagues and possibly some types of college sports, the person said. ESPN has offered some content directly before, for a specific event like the Cricket World Cup in 2015.
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