ESPN+ Raising Monthly Subscription Fee by $1

Disney-owned ESPN+ is raising its monthly subscription fee from $5.99 to $6.99, beginning on Aug. 13. The annual fee will increase to $69.99 from $59.99. ESPN July 12 began informing subscribers via email about the price hike.

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Next to Disney+, ESPN+ has been its own rising star for The Walt Disney Co.’s aggressive direct-to-consumer push distributing original content across myriad brands, including sports. The streaming platform ended the most-recent fiscal period with 14 million subscribers — more than the top-three online TV platforms streaming live sports (Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV and Sling TV) combined.

Beginning in 2022, ESPN+ will begin streaming select NFL and NHL games and matches. The platform most-recently offered PPV access to “UFC 264 | Poirier vs. McGregor 3,” featuring Dustin Poirier beating rival Conor McGregor by TKO.

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