Disney has announced that its ESPN streaming service, which it has dubbed ESPN Plus, will launch sometime in Spring 2018. Disney CEO Bob Iger made the announcement on the company’s fourth quarter earnings call. Iger also announced that the service will include a redesigned app that will give users the ability to stream channels and “thousands more” live events “for a fee.” Additionally, the SVOD service will allow users to get scores and highlights. The price of the upcoming platform was not disclosed.
Despite another disappointing quarter for the sports network, which is expected to layoff another 100 employees this year, Iger said that Disney has never lost “confidence in ESPN.”
The Walt Disney Co. also recently announced the development of a new live action “Star Wars” TV series that will stream on its forth coming Disney-branded streaming service, in addition to the development of a “Star Wars” trilogy to be carried out by Rian Johnson, director of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”