If ESPN goes to streaming, what happens to cable?

May 19, 2023
Leaders at Disney, which owns ESPN, say it’s an inevitability that the cable channel will migrate to streaming. Such a move would shake up the cable industry.
The CEO of Disney, which owns ESPN, has called the migration of ESPN to streaming “an inevitability.” Above, ESPN College Gameday hosts in 2020.
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What's next for streaming, after it surpasses cable?

Aug 19, 2022
In July, people spent more time streaming than watching cable TV for the first time. But streaming firms still have obstacles ahead.
Nearly 90% of U.S. households have a subscription to a streaming service, but not all areas have the bandwidth to support high levels of streaming.
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ESPN cuts jobs as cost of sports broadcast rights increases

Apr 26, 2017
ESPN announced a long-awaited round of layoffs today. About 100 staff members are expected to be let go, including on-air reporters and commentators. The cuts are a clear sign of the new economic reality facing live sports broadcasting. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

Can Time Warner's HBO continue to succeed in the world of prestige TV?

Feb 8, 2017
The network now faces competition from the likes of Amazon and Netflix.
Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau attends the Season 6 premiere of HBO's "Game of Thrones."
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Disney looking to play the digital game as ESPN’s cable subscriptions decline

Feb 7, 2017
Disney doesn’t appear to have plans in place for its future leadership yet, so there’s speculation that CEO Robert Iger may need to stick around beyond 2018 — the latest date he said he’d step down. The company has had trouble finding a replacement as the landscape of cable TV continues to change and cord […]

Cable news benefits from a Trump Effect

Jan 25, 2017
Another winner of the 2016 election.

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FCC set to rule on cable 'set-top boxes'

Sep 29, 2016
The FCC vote could pave the way for app-based streaming of all cable programming.
The FCC will vote Thursday on the future of TV set-top boxes.

'Greedy,' 'heartless' ... but also, 'on-time'

Feb 10, 2016
Cable TV is trying to change its image. Time Warner Cable is one example.
Cable TV is trying to change its image. Time Warner Cable is one example.
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The fight to 'unlock' the set-top box

Feb 8, 2016
Thinking outside the box, or opening Pandora’s? FCC chairman Tom Wheeler weighs in.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler.
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