ESPN+ (pronounced ESPN Plus) is a streaming service owned by the the Walt Disney Company and Hearst Communications. It runs with Disney+ and Hulu as a joint package, or can be purchased by itself. It launched on April 12, 2018.
ESPN+ is a sports streaming platform with original video content, live games, and in-depth news and analysis. The service is also home to special UFC events.
In August 2016, The Walt Disney Company, a spin-off of MLB Advanced Media's streaming technology business, for $1 billion, with an option to acquire a majority stake in the future. It was also announced that Disney subsidiary ESPN was planning to develop an over-the-top service based on BAMTech technology, drawing primarily from ESPN-owned rights for events not broadcast on television. Disney CEO Bob Iger remarked that despite declines in the pay television industry due to cord-cutting.
In February 2018, Bob Iger stated that ESPN was aiming for a monthly price of $4.99. On April 2, 2018, ESPN announced that ESPN+ would officially launch on April 12, 2018, and confirmed its $4.99 per-month pricing.
On August 6, 2019, Disney announced that it will offer a bundle of ESPN+ with Disney+ and Hulu for $12.99 per-month. The bundle was officially released on November 12, the same day of the launch of Disney+.
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