Disney’s ESPN to launch subscription service

Disney’s ESPN to launch subscription service

The subscription business model continues to gain popularity with more mainstream companies embracing it. In this week’s subscription roundup, we feature a new subscription streaming service coming from the Disney stables – ESPN Plus. We also explore how HBO is neck and neck with Netflix when it comes to shattering subscription records. Our final feature throws the spotlight on a new battle that’s playing out in music streaming – Apple Music vs Spotify.

ESPN’s new subscription service to cost $4.99, launch in Spring

The long-rumoured ESPN streaming app will finally debut this spring, confirmed Disney CEO, Bob Iger. Starting at a price of $4.99 per month, the new app called ESPN Plus will sit alongside the redesigned ESPN network app and will showcase thousands of sports events that are not available on the main channels. It will also give subscribers access to documentaries, special shows and live events along with personalised content. The move follows Disney’s announcement of a new subscription streaming service in August last year. ESPN Plus is part of Disney’s new effort to position itself as a digital streaming giant.

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HBO reports record subscriber growth

Time Warner’s HBO has joined the ranks of Netflix by reporting record subscriber growth in 2017. HBO, which is home to popular shows like Game of Thrones and Big Little Lies, has attributed this strong performance to a new distribution model which allows viewers to access its content wherever they want. The cable network added more than 5M subscribers last year and is one of the few companies that has not fallen prey to the ‘cord cutting’ syndrome. Apart from the availability of its programs on digital platforms, the television company has also entered into new partnerships with traditional cable and satellite providers to fuel its growth. Last year, we reported how Time Warner continues to be optimistic about the growth of subscription revenues.

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Who is going to win the Apple vs Spotify battle?

When Apple Music launched in 2015, nobody gave it a chance to compete with industry leaders such as Spotify. Two years later, Apple Music boasts of 36 million paid music users and its monthly growth rate is a healthy 5%, compared to Spotify’s 2%. If it continues on this growth trajectory, Apple Music will overtake Spotify as the leading music streaming service in the US. Incidentally, even YouTube is set to launch a music subscription service in March 2018. Who will win this grand battle – Apple, Spotify or a new entity? We’ll let the subscribers decide!

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Also read: Can Microsoft become the Netflix of video games?

 

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