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Published on February 6th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson


New ESPN Plus subscription service to cost $5 a month

The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday its first direct-to-consumer streaming service, ESPN Plus, – expected to be available as a streaming app in the spring on various platforms including Apple TV – will cost subscribers $4.99 a month.

Disney CEO Bob Iger told CNBC Tuesday that ESPN Plus will offer “an array of live programming that is not available — live sports, live sports events — that is not available on current channels, and that’s by the thousands.”

Speaking during the company’s earnings call Tuesday, Iger said the streaming service would have programming including the 30 for 30 documentary library and content made only for the app. In addition, he said the service would have “tons of scores, highlights and news stories about sports” and would be “highly personalized.” It will include live feeds of all ESPN networks.

ESPN studio photoThe ESPN Plus app – expected to launch this spring – will cost subscribers $5 a month and include programming like SportsCenter from the flagship ESPN network.

The company announced last November that ESPN Plus would be launched in the spring and would be based on a redesigned ESPN app.

“The one-app experience will be a one-of-a-kind product,” Iger said. “It will have more live sports than you can get on any channel, site or app,” he commented.

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