ESPN is in talks with a number of distributors about launching new online streaming services, according to a report in Variety. Speaking Wednesday at Recode’s Code Media conference, ESPN boss John Skipper reportedly revealed that the sports network has been talking with Dish, among others.
“Skipper didn’t want to comment on potential negotiations with Apple or Amazon, but said that ESPN has been talking to Dish and others ‘about creating other multi-stream products,'” Variety reports.
The ESPN strategy seeks to protect the traditional pay TV bundle, rather than market directly to consumers. Commenting on the traditional bundle, Skipper said: “We have no intention of changing that proposition. That is excellent business for us,” he said.
While acknowledging that ESPN has seen subscriber losses related to cord cutting, Skipper appeared to point toward smaller bundles as a potential model, including touting the company’s involvement with Sling TV as an example of a success story.