ESPN will soon launch a new package that lets users buy individual sports packages on its websites.ESPN has been using an ad-supported subscription model for a while, and ESPN Sports Media Group CEO Mike Pelini said the new model is an attempt to keep costs down.
The new package will be available on ESPN.com and ESPN.co.uk starting Tuesday, Pelini told reporters.
It will cost $5 per month for the first year, then $5 more per month thereafter.
It includes a standard Sportscenter package that includes access to all ESPN content, along with access to ESPN Originals, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Radio and more.
The Sportscenter and Goal Line packages are available for an additional fee of $5.
Pelini also said ESPN will be able to offer a free ESPN Origination package that allows users to watch sports from any app on their Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.ESPN also plans to offer an ESPN Plus package that will offer a variety of additional sports programming, including the NBA, NHL, NBA Playoffs, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, NASCAR and more, Pelino said.
ESPN’s new sports package comes as the sports network has begun to show signs of growth, with the subscriber numbers for its flagship network increasing more than 20 percent from a year ago.ESPN is the only major sports network to show subscriber growth since its launch in 2007, and it has been a key driver in that growth.