by Ray Keating
July 17, 2022
A price hike is coming for ESPN+ subscribers, according to a CNBC report, but not for those who subscribe via the Disney bundle, that is, Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu packaged together.
CNBC noted that the monthly subscription price for ESPN+ will be going from $6.99 per month to $9.99 as of August 23. The annual cost for ESPN+ would go from $69.99 to $99.99. The monthly bundle price will remain at $13.99.
ESPN+ has an impressive line-up for sports fans, including NHL hockey games and and PGA Tour Live.
For good measure, Disney remains in the running for NFL Sunday Ticket, which allows viewers to have access to all out-of-market Sunday afternoon games. Sunday Ticket always has been on DirecTV, but that deal is due to expire at the end of the 2022 NFL season. The NFL has made clear that it wants a streaming partner, and Disney/ESPN, Apple and Amazon reportedly are in the mix. Also, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said that a decision on NFL Ticket will come before the fall. Rumors swirl that Apple is in front to win, at least for now, as speculation has been quite fluid around this topic for some time now.
In addition, the NFL will soon be launching its own NFL+ streaming service.
The latest numbers show that ESPN+ has 22.3 million subscribers.
Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com; and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries, and the Alliance of Saint Michael novels; and assorted nonfiction books. Have Ray Keating speak your group, business, school, church, or organization. Email him at email@example.com.
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