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Published on September 20th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson


ESPN+ reaches 1 million subscribers in five months

ESPN said Thursday it has signed up more than one million paying subscribers for ESPN+, the streaming service it launched in April.

This summer ESPN converted ESPN Insider subscribers, who were paying $4.99 a month for in-depth sports analysis and tools, to ESPN+ customers. In a statement, the company said the “vast majority” of the one million paying customers are new ESPN+ subscribers who signed up since April. Converted ESPN Insider subscribers are a “significant minority of the total,” the company said.

The news comes as a positive for the network, owned by the Walt Disney Co., after ESPN has been hit hard by consumer cord-cutting.

“We’re thrilled so many sports fans have quickly come to love the service,” Disney corporate strategy executive Kevin Mayer said in a statement. “The future is bright and we believe growth will continue as we add features, distribution partners and more exclusive content in the coming months.”

The ESPN+ streaming service offers fans hundreds of live Major League Baseball and National Hockey League games, college football and soccer matches from around the world. It also carries Top Rank Boxing, Ultimate Fighting Championship matchups, and original studio programming like Detail hosted by Kobe Bryant. The service does not carry live streams from ESPN’s 13 other television channels.

Users can add on MLB.TV through the service for an additional $24.99 per month. Add-on access to the NHL.TV out-of-market package will debut with the 2018-19 season, the company said.

ESPN+ is part of the updated and existing ESPN app on Apple TV.


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