Breitbart: “The Nielsen estimates revealed that ESPN lost 555,000 subscribers during the last month. In other words, ESPN essentially lost the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. This, coming on the heels of last month, the worst month in ESPN history, where the network lost 621,000 subscribers.”
“In the last two months, ESPN has lost 1,176,000 subscribers, a subscriber loss nearly the size of the city of Dallas, Texas. ESPN currently has just over 88 million domestic subscribers. In 2013, a mere three years ago, ESPN had 99 million subscribers. That’s right, in the last three years, ESPN lost somewhere in the neighborhood of ten million subscribers, the rough equivalent of the combined populations of New York City and Phoenix.”
We do not know why subscribers are cutting the link with ESPN. Could be tired of the service, could be sick of political inferences, time will tell. Even so the cost for providers to offer ESPN is $6 a subscriber, far higher than anything else I am aware of.
AT&T has contacted me about their new streaming service, I use Direct, and this could be the nail in the coffin for a lot of products such as ESPN. Obviously the prices are right, the marketing was genius, it definitely has the bandwidth the others before it lacked, the coverage… I want to know more.