Disney’s first dip into streaming direct-to-consumer video service launches April 12 with ESPN+
ESPN+ is the anticipated release of Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International subscription streaming service that will feature ESPN-branded content and it was confirmed this week that it will launch on April 12, 2018.
The new sports-aimed service — which will have a subscription price of $4.99 per month — will offer fans a dynamic lineup of live sports, original content and an unmatched library of award-winning on-demand programming—including hundreds of live Major League Baseball, National Hockey League and Major League Soccer games; thousands of live college sports events; and highly anticipated boxing events, PGA TOUR events, Grand Slam tennis events, rugby, cricket and more.
At launch, ESPN+ will be seamlessly integrated into a completely redesigned and re-imagined ESPN App. Already the No. 1 sports app, the new ESPN App will be the premier, digital sports platform that fans can access on mobile and digital living room platforms. In addition to ESPN+, the new app will include scores, news and highlights; a library of sports audio content that includes live ESPN Radio streaming and a lineup of top sports podcasts; and “TV Everywhere” video that brings authenticated live streaming of ESPN’s eight U.S. networks and on-demand programs directly to fans via the user’s pay TV subscription. ESPN+ will also be available at ESPN.com.
This comes ahead of the much-anticipated launch of its Disney-branded direct-to-consumer service that will subscription-video-on-demand viewing of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm movies, along with a host of exclusive content. That is expected to launch in late 2019. Both streaming services are powered by BAMTECH, a unit of Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International.