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ESPN will roll out a streaming service that bypasses cable

Engadget logo Engadget 9/08/2016 Richard Lawler
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Today The Walt Disney Company released its quarterly earnings report, but the most interesting news has to do with ESPN. Disney confirmed reports it's making a $1 billion investment in BAMTech, a spinoff from MLB's Advanced Media business that, among other things, works on technology for streaming video services like HBO Now. The big news, however, is that BAMTech is working on ESPN with a "direct to consumer" (read: you won't need cable or satellite to get it) "ESPN-branded multi-sport subscription streaming service."

The only curious thing? Whatever that service ends up being, it apparently won't feature current content from ESPN's TV networks, so presumably no baseball, football, basketball, poker, Street Fighter V or drone racing. We're not sure what's left, but there is an earning call currently ongoing and we may learn a few more details shortly.Disney Q3 Earnings, ESPN

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