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Zagceo
11-29-2017, 08:35 AM
If ESPN launches App ESPN+ next year.


The company says it will grow its business in several key areas, including the planned launch early next year of "ESPN+", an app-based service that will allow viewers to purchase sporting events a la carte.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/ct-espn-layoffs-20171129-story.html

TexasZagFan
11-29-2017, 08:51 AM
If ESPN launches App ESPN+ next year.



http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/ct-espn-layoffs-20171129-story.html

Wouldn't that be a good excuse to "cut the cord"? Instead of paying $150+ a month for our cable service, just go with streaming services and go a la carte.

That should give the owners of hundreds of cable networks the willies.

webspinnre
11-29-2017, 09:12 AM
Interesting. Wonder what the cost will be? I'd probably pay $10/month for ESPN during college football/basketball season if it was available as a stand-alone. We did the cord-cutting thing last year.

jazzdelmar
11-29-2017, 09:19 AM
ESPN is still shaky w its ESPN3 'casts. They need to get a better handle on the tech if they plan to charge a la carte for games via a similar app.

This is laughable: "The network's signature SportsCenter news program." That program signed off a long, long time ago, IMO.

Torre and Jones have been flirting w each other for a program for months on PTI. They're solid but way too shticky for this non-Millennial.

Zagceo
11-29-2017, 12:17 PM
Interesting. Wonder what the cost will be? I'd probably pay $10/month for ESPN during college football/basketball season if it was available as a stand-alone. We did the cord-cutting thing last year.

I'm in Demo mode with Directv Now (https://www.directvnow.com/thegoodstuff3).....$35 month w/ESPN & ESPN2 .....APP and Apple TV....

webspinnre
11-29-2017, 12:44 PM
I'm in Demo mode with Directv Now (https://www.directvnow.com/thegoodstuff3).....$35 month w/ESPN & ESPN2 .....APP and Apple TV....

35/month for just those 2 channels? Can't you get one of the sling packages for 20/month?

zagfan24
11-29-2017, 01:05 PM
The whole evolution of this will be interesting. No fan of cable company monopolies, but I am guessing in the end many will end up paying about what they have in the past even with an a la carte model. If you throw in some combination of Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime/etc., a la carte sports (ESPN, maybe FS1, maybe turner networks), a movie channel like HBO if that's your thing, etc...the costs will add up. Still the convenience of on-demand, but there will be cost creep for each of these options much as there has been with Netflix.

The biggest issue for networks will be figuring out how to limit sharing of passwords, streams, etc. The more piracy, the more the costs will increase in turn to make up for revenue.

IMADEYOUREADTHIS
11-29-2017, 01:39 PM
I subscribe to Sling during the basketball season. It's $20/mo for the package that includes ESPN/ESPN 2, and an additional $5/mo for the "Sports Extra" package. That gives me ESPN 3.

I don't watch the games on Sling, however, I use the Watch ESPN app on my Roku. Not all networks allow your Sling subscription to give you access to their apps, but ESPN does.

I turn Sling off after April, and start it up again in November. $150 for the year is better than the $150 I was paying each month....

isongd
11-29-2017, 03:40 PM
All these individual streaming services are eventually going to lead us to a service that bundles all of the streaming services. I.E. cable.