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ESPN expanding plans for streaming online video service in 2015

ESPN will begin testing online video service by airing the Cricket World Cup starting in February 2015
By: Michael Hatamoto | Online Video News | Posted: Nov 25, 2014 6:23 am

ESPN could begin to roll out online streaming video subscriptions for select programs and live sporting events, giving viewers the chance to watch its broadcasting without needing a cable or satellite TV subscription. The effort could begin as early as February, when ESPN will reportedly offer access to the Cricket World Cup, which is held every four years - and while not a major event in the United States, is one of the largest sporting events in the world.

 

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Pricing information and other details about the streaming service remains unknown.

 

"We think about, are there sports events we could offer where the consumer would pay us directly - not the content on our current linear networks," said John Skipper, ESPN head, earlier this year. "This has to be new [content], and it would create third revenue stream for us. I do want to be clear: we are not looking to linear channels an the content that's on them now. We're going to acquire new content and new kinds of things to do direct-to-consumer."

NEWS SOURCES:Recode.net, Gannett-cdn.com

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