Dah dah dah. Dah dah dah. That, ladies and Gentlemen, is the iconic ESPN Sportscenter theme. If you're a die hard sports fan, you can hear it playing in your mind. Dah dah dah. Dah dah dah. ESPN even uses it with its app to alert users of a notification. Now, ESPN and its parent company Disney are planning on adding a streaming service next year called ESPN + that will be available from a redesigned ESPN app. Disney CEO Bob Iger says, "This one app (will offer) sports fans far more than they can get on any other app, website or channel."
The streaming service will allow users to catch the latest scores and highlights. Authenticated viewers will be able to stream ESPN's channels that will show "thousands of live sporting events. While the Disney executive didn't mention what the service might be priced at, he did make it clear that the entertainment giant isn't running a Mickey Mouse operation. Iger hinted that because the new service will cost more than say, Netflix or Hulu thanks to the lower amount of traffic expected for the ESPN+ service.
"The product will be accessible through a new and fully redesigned ESPN app, which will allow users to access sports scores and highlights, stream our channels on an authenticated basis and subscribe to ESPN+ for additional sports coverage, including thousands of live sporting events."-Bob Iger, CEO, Disney
ESPN+ is expected to launch next Spring, perhaps in time to debut with the start of the 2018 Major League Baseball season.