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ESPN Says Its New Streaming Service Passed 1 Million Subscribers

  • The $5-a-month online video service was launched in April
  • Boxing, Little League are among thousands of hours of games
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Walt Disney Co. said its new ESPN+ streaming service passed 1 million paid subscribers in the first five months, a faster pace than other new video businesses.

The service, which costs $5 a month, is an crucial test of Disney’s efforts to establish a direct link to consumers at a time when more people are watching TV on demand through smartphones and other mobile devices. ESPN+ offers thousands of hours of live programming, including professional hockey, baseball and soccer, as well as college sports that aren’t available on ESPN’s main cable networks.