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UltimateHog
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Disney bought BAMTech/MLBAM today for $1.58 billion
Pretty big news. LINK

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Disney is ending its distribution agreement with Netflix for new movie releases, while it’s also buying majority ownership of BAMTech — the streaming-video company founded by Major League Baseball — in a $1.58 billion deal.

The moves set a clear course for the media giant to launch Netflix-style direct-to-consumer internet services from ESPN and Disney.

The media conglomerate said it will launch an ESPN-branded multi-sport video streaming service in early 2018, followed by a new Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service in 2019. Those will be powered by BAMTech, in which Disney will hold a 75% stake. The current plan is for Disney and ESPN streaming services to be available for purchase directly from Disney and ESPN; in app stores; and from authorized pay-TV partners.

The revised plans for the ESPN-branded multi-sport service are much broader than the over-the-top play Disney originally had slotted for the end of 2016. The new service will include about 10,000 live games from leagues including Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer. It also will include collegiate sports and Grand Slam tennis coverage.

“For many sports fans, this app will become the premier digital destination for all their sports content,” Disney said in its announcement.

Even with the launch of ESPN’s subscription sports service, Disney said OTT packages for individual sports will also be available for purchase, including MLB.TV, NHL.TV and MLS Live. The new service will be based on an “enhanced version” of the current ESPN app, which will continue to offer pay-TV subscribers access the ESPN programming on an authenticated basis.


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emoney
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re: Disney bought BAMTech/MLBAM today for $1.58 billion
It's happening. Hockey back on ESPN. They're going to have to unfire some people.


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BeeFense5
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re: Disney bought BAMTech/MLBAM today for $1.58 billion
Is this going to mess up the greatest deal in streaming sports content which is MLB.tv in any way? I will be pissed.


Rand AlThor
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re: Disney bought BAMTech/MLBAM today for $1.58 billion
NHL, MLB, MLS....

Gonna have to do better than that...


UltimateHog
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NHL, MLB, MLS....

Gonna have to do better than that...


Well those are the same leagues MLBAM already provides their streaming services for so nothing changes there...


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re: Disney bought BAMTech/MLBAM today for $1.58 billion
Won't matter a bit until MLB lifts the blackout restrictions


ShaneTheLegLechler
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WatchESPN sucks arse so this could finally be a good move for ESPN


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BCMCubs
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re: Disney bought BAMTech/MLBAM today for $1.58 billion
They had better not frick up MLBtv, aka the greatest streaming anything ever in history


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Won't matter a bit until MLB lifts the blackout restrictions


You can get around that restriction by using a VPN....


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Bench McElroy
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They had better not frick up MLBtv, aka the greatest streaming anything ever in history


They probably will. Just look at Disney's history with their subsidiaries. It's not good. Even Pixar has started to go downhill under their watch.


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Only if they end the idiotic blackout rules.


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ProjectP2294
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Just look at Disney's history with their subsidiaries.


Yeah, I'm not excited about this.


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ShaneTheLegLechler
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Yeah I'm sure they will frick it up.


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re: Disney bought BAMTech/MLBAM today for $1.58 billion
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Just look at Disney's history with their subsidiaries. It's not good. Even Pixar has started to go downhill under their watch.


Can't tell if joking.


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buckeye_vol
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They probably will. Just look at Disney's history with their subsidiaries. It's not good. Even Pixar has started to go downhill under their watch.
I completely disagree with this. Pixar and Disney were already working together before Disney bought them. And the only films that are of noticeably lesser quality are the Cars Sequels. And since the first one was released a month after the acquisition, but finished before it, I'll just exclude thst franchise altogether.

So excluding the Cars films, both before and after the acquisition, the films had an average and median rottentomatoes score 90 and above and metacritic score 82 and above.

Plus Marvel has been handled wonderfully, and WB and DC Comics is showing that it's not that easy. Most importantly, Star Wars has improved dramatically since the prequels as George Lucas is no longer involved.


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TheXman
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re: Disney bought BAMTech/MLBAM today for $1.58 billion
This might allow me to cut the cord.

If I can get MLB, NHL and college football games on their own, there really is nothing else worth watching on cable tv.


HarrisLetsRide
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re: Disney bought BAMTech/MLBAM today for $1.58 billion
This might allow me to cut the cord.

If I can get MLB, NHL and college football games on their own, there really is nothing else worth watching on cable tv.

This is what I'm hoping as well. But just how many games will they televise? CFB all day? Conference tourney basketball?


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