Yesterday Disney CEO Bob Iger went on CNBC’s Closing Bell to talk about the company’s earnings, and brag about Black Panther’s extraordinary ticket pre-sales. During the course of the chat he mentioned a new streaming service for ESPN that’s expected to go for $5 a month. That might sound cheap, but by all accounts it…
The days of sweet, free streams with your friend’s boyfriend’s HBO login may soon come to an end.
A blockbuster media consolidation deal announced this morning sees Fox handing over nearly its entire empire to ESPN’s corporate parent Disney, with the exceptions of Fox News and the national Fox Sports networks FS1, FS2, BTN, Fox Deportes, and Fox Soccer Plus. Disney will now possess 22 Fox Sports RSNs that hold…
President Donald Trump is awake, angry, and tweeting. So it’s pretty much like any given Friday. Except for the fact that there was a terrorist attack at a London tube station this morning that has left 18 people injured. And Trump has taken the opportunity to propose new restrictions on the internet, said that he’d…
There’s always buzz in the weeks leading up to the X Games about what insane, unprecedented maneuvers you might see. Max Parrot might try the quadruple underflip. Marcus Kleveland may go for the first quad cork. The 1620 is the new 1440. These promises, of things we’ve never seen before, are the reason we watch.…
ESPN is doing a very bad job of pretending it isn’t deathly afraid of rapidly declining subscriber numbers. At the end of October, Nielsen released its monthly television subscriber numbers report, and it showed a loss of 621,000 subscribers for ESPN and similar losses for ESPN2 and ESPNU. Other networks, like Spike…
ESPN’s YouTube channels are going private tonight, victims of a change in the way YouTube operates because of its new subscription service, YouTube Red.
The big trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn’t due until tomorrow, but ESPN is now running teasers for the main event. Here’s one snippet that has some new footage.
Huh. Every year, ESPN magazine releases a special “Body Issue”, celebrating the peak physical form of the world’s finest athletes with oodles of nude and semi-nude pictures. This year’s issue will get a special helping hand from some of Marvel’s mightiest men and women.
If you're watching the X Games on ESPN this weekend you'll get to see the new GoPro POV system in action. I'm at the Games now and got a peek at the hardware, and it's clear that while it's early days yet, this represents a gigantic leap forward in live sports broadcasting.
We've noted previously that college basketball games called by Dave Pasch and Bill Walton on ESPN can get especially weird, but we never imagined that it would be Pasch who would lead viewers to ask themselves, "Did he really just say that?"
And lo, a hero emerges.
A new deal announced today between DirecTV and Disney will make live and on-demand ESPN content available to subscribers of the satellite service, finally extending WatchESPN and ESPN3 to its 20 million subscribers.
The Wall Street Journal reckons that ESPN is about to launch a service that will allow you to stream live NBA games without needing a TV service. Which, if true, would be pretty neat!
ESPN is bringing all the sports to your wrist with a new Pebble smartwatch app. Pair your Android or iPhone, pick your pro or college teams, and your Pebble will vibrate whenever the score changes in any of the games you're tracking. No way that'll get annoying during playoffs. Nope. [Variety via Techmeme]
The FCC is proposing a fine of nearly $2 million for cable channels that aired a trailer for Olympus Has Fallen, which uses the tones from the Emergency Alert System.
Deadspin has a fascinating step-by-step video analysis that demonstrates how ESPN can pull stories out of the thin air its collective ass produces, without any shame or dignity. It's appalling that people actually waste their time watching this verbal diarrhea.
ESPN is a failing network of endless cable channels that cover every possible minor variation of sports. There is something called "World Cup of Softball," for instance, and the ESPN announcer thought it was funny to mock a Japanese fan in the stands by saying "I need some sushi" and "I need some rice."