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 3 weeks ago '16        #1
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ESPN lost 2 million subscribers to cord cutting this year
 

 
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We're getting a clearer picture of the devastation cord-cutting has wrought to cable with the release of Disney's annual earnings report. It shows that ESPN lost 2 million subscribers in the past 12 months alone, with its base declining from 88 million in 2017 to 86 million.

Though it wasn't the only Disney mainstay that took a hit this year -- the Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD all lost lost 3 million subs, while Freeform shed 2 million -- ESPN's decline is more of a metric of how many people have quit cable, since it's in nearly every package. As Variety notes, Disney isn't the only media behemoth to be burned by cord-cutting: the entirety of cable's leading lights have suffered subscriber losses.

But Disney already has a contingency plan in the form of ESPN+, which offers live and archived sports streams from regional networks, excluding any local blackouts, for a $5 monthly fee. The service nabbed 1 million subs in just five months, helping to offset some of Disney's cable losses. There's also NHL.TV (the online home of out-of-market ice hockey games) and skinny bundles that carry ESPN (like Disney's part-owned Hulu Live TV, and YouTube TV, Sling TV, and DirecTV Now, among others).

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35 comments for "ESPN lost 2 million subscribers to cord cutting this year"

 3 weeks ago '15        #2
Soulvoyage 50 heat pts50
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Good their content is sh*t anyway

Nothin but drama

I’m almost willing to bet these debaters are told a position to take before each show just for ratings.

I want sports news not a buncha over the top Melo drama from talking heads.
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 3 weeks ago '17        #3
Killaboy 10 heat pts10
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So basically this applies to every main cable station

Interesting numbers tho just don't know why they focused on Disney
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 3 weeks ago '17        #4
Killaboy 10 heat pts10
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 Soulvoyage said
Good their content is sh*t anyway

Nothin but drama

I’m almost willing to bet these debaters are told a position to take before each show just for ratings.

I want sports news not a buncha over the top Melo drama from talking heads.
I think that's their strategy since the internet breaks most the news and highlights. You right tho I don't wanna gear about social issues on SC. sh*t you can't even watch Sunday countdown without 2 or 3 depressing segments
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 3 weeks ago '18        #5
BrooklynDamien 
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With streaming/binging/controlling exactly what we watch with limited ads cable is dead like aol. Stephen a better get his followers up and start social media reporting. He ain't gonna be able to justify his salary soon rns

 3 weeks ago '15        #6
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 Killaboy said
So basically this applies to every main cable station

Interesting numbers tho just don't know why they focused on Disney
Because Disney just released their numbers

Nd Disney’s numbers illustrate a trend across the market

Kinda how you understood that if it applies to Disney it also applies to the other stations as well innately

Except not in cynical way

Basically what you got from it was the point
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 3 weeks ago '16        #7
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 Killaboy said
So basically this applies to every main cable station

Interesting numbers tho just don't know why they focused on Disney
They just issued their earnings report.

Read the article.
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 3 weeks ago '05        #8
Daddy Black 2 heat pts
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See they wouldn't have this problem if cable wasn't so damn expensive. The main problem is the cable companies and their packages.
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 3 weeks ago '08        #9
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 3 weeks ago '05        #10
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Tv is for losers
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 3 weeks ago '16        #11
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We're going to lose in the end. If cable companies don't get money, neither do networks. If networks don't get money they won't have the funds t produce shows.

This is more about people having control over what, and when they watch something. More so than prices, or not wanting cable. Netflix fu*ked up our attention span.

That's why every company is switching to network apps. The netflix model is the future, and we will end u p having to pay more, because we have to buy every app.
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 3 weeks ago '07        #12
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Ways around everything
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 3 weeks ago '18        #13
KdenIII 6 heat pts
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After they gave that fu*kin clown Bruce Jenner an award I hope their sh*t fails miserably
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 3 weeks ago '17        #14
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That television networrk is unfazed and will last longer than most of us will live.
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 3 weeks ago '04        #15
MosDefinition 19 heat pts19
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 Soulvoyage said
Good their content is sh*t anyway

Nothin but drama

I’m almost willing to bet these debaters are told a position to take before each show just for ratings.

I want sports news not a buncha over the top Melo drama from talking heads.
Head line could also read tbs tnt USA CNN Fox news lose 2 million subscribers

Or Comcast cablevision etc lose a combined 2 million subscribers

 3 weeks ago '17        #16
TROY 
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 Soulvoyage said
Good their content is sh*t anyway

Nothin but drama

I’m almost willing to bet these debaters are told a position to take before each show just for ratings.

I want sports news not a buncha over the top Melo drama from talking heads.
Bro they are

When skip was on, he flip flopped od

Stephen a does the same now

 3 weeks ago '17        #17
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 MosDefinition said
Head line could also read tbs tnt USA CNN Fox news lose 2 million subscribers

Or Comcast cablevision etc lose a combined 2 million subscribers


Those channels don't have a monthly subscription service they depend on for revenue.

 3 weeks ago '04        #18
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When you are deep in bed with the conferences and pro sports leagues you cover you no longer have the fair and balanced credibility you claim especially on your live shows.
Plus their overall channel packages are a ripoff.
How da fu*k you gonna charge me for a Premium ESPN Sports package when half of your channel as absolute fraudulent bullsh*t.
ESPNews No Longer Reports the News
ESPN GoalLine only has content on there 5% of the time
Many Cable Companies don't provide ESPN Classic in HD
You offer ESPN College Extra Channels while now wanting another $5.00 a month for ESPN Plus.
sh*t makes no sense to the paying consumer


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 3 weeks ago '10        #19
ARosary 52 heat pts52
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They HAVE to switch their business model, or by like 2025 (if not sooner) ESPN & many other 'cable' companies will be going for good.

 3 weeks ago '06        #20
realgunta 837 heat pts837
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good lol

there really is not point in having cable nowadays
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 3 weeks ago '04        #21
Javon23 311 heat pts311
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ESPN along with cable companies will always be there.
They will just have to switch up their business model being more innovative to technology in regards to how we now watch tv. They no longer have the upper hand on cable companies in regards to strong arming them on cost per subscriber. You can thank IPTV for that.
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 3 weeks ago '15        #22
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 MosDefinition said
Head line could also read tbs tnt USA CNN Fox news lose 2 million subscribers

Or Comcast cablevision etc lose a combined 2 million subscribers
There are a lot of different cable companies..

Sure they could go one by one and list every cable company and how many subscribers each of them lost

But it’s easier just to list the channel that’s included in nearly every package regardless of how much you pay or what cable company you use

Disney also has a lot of channels on cable so their numbers give more information across the board.

 3 weeks ago '18        #23
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 Tomd!ck&Harry said
We're going to lose in the end. If cable companies don't get money, neither do networks. If networks don't get money they won't have the funds t produce shows.

This is more about people having control over what, and when they watch something. More so than prices, or not wanting cable. Netflix fu*ked up our attention span.

That's why every company is switching to network apps. The netflix model is the future, and we will end u p having to pay more, because we have to buy every app.

Exactly.

 3 weeks ago '04        #24
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 Daddy Black said
See they wouldn't have this problem if cable wasn't so damn expensive. The main problem is the cable companies and their packages.
I agree.

I don't know if that's the problem, but I just don't think cable/internet should cost that much. Additionally, if at all possible, let me people opt into pay-per-channel packages. And not some wack a.ss bundle, I mean literally, you get to pick every channel that you want. $20 for 10 channels or something like that. I didn't realize how much tv I didn't watch until I cut off U-Verse. I'm good with boxden random a.ss vids, youtube, netflix, and motor trend on demand. I also use other folks slingtv and directvnow sometimes.
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 3 weeks ago '04        #25
Javon23 311 heat pts311
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The bundles in general are out of the cable companies control because thats how they are sold from companies like Viacom to cable companies.
For example a cable company can not just buy access rights to VH1.
Its only sold them them as a "Music Group" Package consisting of
MTV
MTV2
MTV Classic
MTV Live
MTVU
MTV Tres
Logo TV4
CMT2
CMT Music3
VH1

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