ESPN considers OTT service for MLS fans

According to comments made by ESPN president and Disney Media Networks co-chairman John Skipper, and reported by Reuters, ESPN are in the early stages of considering selling online access to US Major League Soccer game outside of existing pay-TV subscription packages.

ESPN, Fox and Univision signed an eight-year deal with the US professional soccer league earlier this month.

“You saw us buy MLS digital rights,” Skipper told an audience at an event in Bristol, Connecticut. “It was a clue, but we still don’t know what we will do with that. That’s a direct-to-consumer package we bought. We could do it just like it’s done now through multichannel distributors or we can do something different with it to go direct to consumer.”

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