Disney CEO: ESPN’s standalone service will not arrive anytime quickly

Disney CEO: ESPN's standalone service won't arrive anytime soon

If the rumblings of ESPN’s standalone streaming service again within the fall received you all spun up, it’s your decision to sit. Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger tempered the thrill this week with statements that point out a cable-free choice for the sports activities community is not a part of any instant plans. “We are also aware of the worth of the expanded primary bundle to this firm, and we don’t consider that there’s any purpose for us to aim to take out a few of this product, notably ESPN, shortly or proper now,” Iger defined. “In different phrases, there’s time.”

He went on to say that Disney’s different properties, like Marvel and Star Wars, are able to powering standalone tasks on their very own, which is definitely fascinating to consider. For now, the plan is to regulate the streaming area to see when, or if, it would be useful to chop out the cable corporations — or “center man,” as Iger places it. ESPN is at the very least dipping its toe within the water, although, because the sports activities big’s content material is obtainable by way of the brand new Sling TV service, and it is providing subscriptions for particular person sporting occasions like the Cricket World Cup. In the meanwhile, it appears the parents at Disney aren’t fairly able to comply with HBO’s lead and cater to the twine cutters… but.

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