New Option To Live Stream ESPN, ABC and CBS Without Cable Coming SoonBy Steph Myers / July 11, 2016 / Tags: Cut Cable
Cord cutters will soon have a new way to get ESPN, ABC, and CBS without a cable or satellite subscription.
Cord cutters and cord nevers will soon have another TV streaming option on the table. Video behemoth YouTube is finalizing a deal to add a number of major broadcasters to its online TV service — including the popular channels ESPN, ABC, and CBS.
According to a report from The Information, the deal means broadcasters will stream their programming online via YouTube, giving viewers access without requiring a cable subscription.
It’s the latest move to free TV from the cable box and reach a new generation of viewers who want more flexible options.
ESPN has reportedly been hurt by cord cutters, losing viewership. The channel, which along with ABC is owned by Disney Corp., has embraced new, alternative methods of getting its programming to viewers. ESPN is currently available on the Internet TV service Sling TV. There are reasons to expect that the new Hulu live streaming service will include ESPN and ABC.
CBS has also been proactive in making its content available to customers outside traditional cable and satellite packages. Its standalone streaming service, CBS All Access, offers both live TV and episodes on-demand for a monthly subscription fee of around $6.
YouTube is now jumping on the web-TV bandwagon. Its new service will be called Unplugged, and will reportedly give subscribers access to a handful of channels for under $35/month.
Unplugged will rival the likes of Dish Network’s Sling TV, Sony’s Playstation Vue streaming service, Hulu, and to some extent Netflix and Amazon Prime.
The more cable TV alternatives there are available, the better the services will get, and networks face rising pressure to branch out from standard pay-TV packages.