The three largest sports television companies in the United States – ESPN, Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery will launch a broadcast sports service in the fall of 2024. joint statement Tuesday. It will broadcast sports events from the networks owned by all three companies, including NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA games. Importantly, subscribers will be able to stream linear channels including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SECN, ACCN, ESPNEWS, ABC, FOX, FS1, FS2, BTN, TNT, TBS, truTV and ESPN+, which is helpful for anyone considering canceling. cable.
The companies said that the name and prices of the service will be announced later this year. It will be available as a standalone app that anyone can subscribe to in the US. But customers will also be able to bundle it with existing Disney+, Hulu and Max subscriptions for an undisclosed fee.
Each network will own one-third of the service, which will be managed by an independent management team. Still, the new service won’t be the one-stop-shop that die-hard sports fanatics might want. For example, Amazon owns Friday Night Football; Apple owns Major League Soccer; NBC owns Sunday Night Football; and Paramount owns some NFL rights.