REPORT: ESPN Might Go Over-the-Top for 2015 Cricket World Cup

/ Nov 24, 2014

cricket world cup

It seems like everyone is now looking to go over-the-top. This includes ESPN, which remains the most expensive cable network. Recently, the Disney-owned giant announced a deal with the NBA, as part of a new multi-year rights package, to create a digital video service that would make live games available to those who don’t pay for an ESPN cable subscription.

But there are no details on when such a service would go live — all we have is confirmation that even ESPN is looking ahead to what the future of TV might be.

That said, there’s a chance people will have access to an ESPN-built sports SVOD service in the near future — just in time for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. (Yes, you read that correctly.)

ESPN, which is a major rights-holder in the world of international cricket, is considering launching a subscription video service that would give US viewers the chance to watch the next World Cup, according to a report from Recode.

Running every four years, the ICC Cricket World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events on the planet. The next iteration begins in February, hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

A subscription service for the World Cup would certainly create an additional revenue stream for ESPN without disrupting its pay-TV business. As Recode notes from a previous interview with ESPN boss John Skipper, the company sees digital as an additive component to its existing, very profitable, business.

Plans haven’t been finalized for ESPN to go over-the-top with its 2015 Cricket World Cup plans — but it should. In the US, there are as many as 30 million cricket fans, based on what Russell Wolff, EVP and managing director of ESPN International, said to Reuters earlier this year. That’s an audience that isn’t currently paying ESPN for cricket.

Tags: , , , ,


VIDEO: ‘Dirty 30’ Confessions with Stars Hart,...


Facebook Says It’s Sorry It Vastly Overestimated Video...


Pilgrim Media Group CEO Craig Piligian (‘The...


Heroes or Rats?: YouTube Unveils New Program for Creators Who...

Industry Tickets Selling Fast!
Click above to lock in your registration for VidCon 2015!
Vessel says it's doing well in its first month

Why Verizon is Pursuing Vessel, the...


How Canvs Media is Harvesting Emotional Insights on YouTube,...


Marlon Wayans Getting ‘Naked’ for Netflix with Regina Hall


HuffPost RYOT Launching Virtual Reality Comedy Series and News...


YouTube Launches #voteIRL Campaign Targeting Digital-First Generation


How Top YouTubers (incl. Tyler Oakley & Meghan Rienks)...


Charlie Sheen to Star in Crackle Feature ‘Mad Families’


Gunpowder & Sky Buys Distributor FilmBuff As Vision for...


Toy Freaks Top Viewed YouTube Channel in August According to...


Emmy Wrap-Up 2016: Jeffrey Tambor (‘Transparent’)...


Twitter Scores 2.1 Million Viewers for Thursday Night Footall Kickoff


Vloggers Not Unique Snowflakes: 90 Million Flag YouTube Videos...

Mode Media

‘Billion Dollar Startup’ Mode Media Shuts Down


Who Is Winning The Marketing Revolution And Why?


Netflix Orders ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Series...


What Is ‘Swedish Dicks’ and Who Is Selling It?


How GMC is Using the AOL Series ‘Seamlessly She’...


Liberty Global to Put Netflix on Set-Top Boxes in 30 Countries


Getting to the Spine of VR’s Monetization Challenges with...


Meredith Hosted Its Own “Front” Stacked with 20 New Series


Verizon and Hearst Move and Seriously.TV Under...


Twitter Launches Live Streaming Apps for Amazon Fire, Apple TV...

YouTube Community

YouTube Fights Back Against Social Media Rivals with Community Feature

Casual Hulu

Vimeo Opening Television Store with Lionsgate Content, Launching...

A Perfect Day in LA Tastemade Jaunt VR Virtual Reality

From Donuts to Malibu, Tastemade and Jaunt Get Immersive in...

Defy Media

Defy Media Close $70 Million Series B Funding Round

YouTube Space LA Halloween Set 2016

YouTube Spaces Team with Jason Blum (‘The Purge’)...

Yahoo Esports

‘Yahoo Esports Live’ Serves Up Reeses Puffs with...


Univision and Lionsgate Team for SVOD Movie Service for U.S. Hispanics

People Entertainment Weekly PEN

People/Entertainment Weekly Ad-Supported OTT Service Preps for Launch

George_Kliavkoff Jaunt VR

Jaunt VR Hires Hearst Exec George Kliavkoff as CEO

Making a Murderer Netflix

‘Making a Murderer’ Scores for Netflix at Creative...

Future Man Hulu Josh Hutcherson

Hulu Orders ‘Future Man’ Series Starring Josh...

Heirloom Paten Hughes Tom Wopat Vimeo

How an Actress’ Real-Life Tomato Farm Inspired the New...

Robert Redford and Jane Fonda Electric Horseman

Netflix Rolls Camera on Robert Redford & Jane Fonda...


Amazon Greenlights Docu-Series on Tennis Star Novak Djokovic