Based in Bristol, Connecticut (USA), ESPN, Inc. is the world’s leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring a portfolio of over 50 multimedia sports assets. ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN.
ESPN International has grown to include ownership – in whole or in part – of over 45 television networks outside of the United States, as well as a variety of brand extension businesses, which allow ESPN to reach fans in 200 countries and territories.
ESPN Classic is the unique 24/7 sports channel featuring the greatest games, stories, heroes and memories in the history of sport, with a mix of all-time classic highlights, matches, interviews, profiles and documentaries. ESPN Classic is available to digital TV subscribers in over 40 European countries, and as of 2008, in Africa and the Middle East. There are local, dedicated feeds in the UK, Italy, France, Pan-Europe and MEA. The Pan-European channel is available to over 40 countries and currently available in English, but also in German, Dutch, Polish, and Portuguese. Further dedicated language feeds are also planned and will be available soon.
On 3rd August 2009 the global sports media company launched a new live channel in the UK, called ESPN, dedicated to bringing a diverse line-up locally relevant live sport and original programming to UK fans. ESPN features exclusive live coverage of the Barclays Premier League, Clydesdale Bank Premier League, UEFA Europa League, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga, and a host of other world-class football.
Additionally, on 8th December ESPN and The FA announced an exclusive rights deal for the FA Cup running from 2010-2014 and on 14th December ESPN announced a three-year deal for live coverage of Aviva Premiership rugby union beginning in 2010.
In Europe, in the Middle-East and Africa, ESPN now includes a portfolio of television and digital brands, including TV channels ESPN, ESPN Classic and ESPN America, news portal ESPN.co.uk, sport websites ESPNcricinfo.com, ESPNsoccernet.com, ESPNscrum.com and ESPNf1.com.
ESPN also offers top sports action on your computer, with streaming video player ESPN Player, and on your mobile, with video coverage application ESPN Goals.
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