Article just out about how Disney is dealing with its new reality. Along with the earlier reported bit about Netflix, the shift to streaming content has affected ESPN too. They report 'a mass subscriber exodus' starting in 2015 and added, "One reason Disney took so long to take ESPN direct to consumers is because the bundle was great business for the network. ESPN has the highest affiliate fees in the industry."
The article ends with what most of us probably think is a confirming opinion on where the industry is headed:" If Disney’s direct-to-consumer platforms are successful, Greenfield anticipates that will accelerate ESPN’s demise.
“The more content that consumers can obtain without a multichannel video subscription, not to mention more and more content without advertising, the less interest they will have in subscribing to the big multichannel video bundle."
Full article link here: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/disneys-plan-for-espn-is-shrouded-in-u…
The only reason we have TV for a few months a year is because of football, and if ESPN goes bye-bye, the TV will too.
** On a completely unrelated note, what happened to everyone's avatar? No more 'Naughty Dentist' for LSA, 'former KGB' for Putin, and no explanation for why Everyone Murders is a murderer. What happened? **