BY JAMES SCOTT/ AUG 1, 2023

According to Reports, Apple Would Make an Ideal Distribution Partner for ESPN, But a Deal Seems Highly Unlikely

Apple is reportedly one of several technology companies on Disney's radar as the media conglomerate searches for a strategic partner to assist in expanding the distribution of ESPN, as the New York Post reported.

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However, the story fails to explain whether or not Disney has negotiated with Apple, and there are a few reasons why it is doubtful that the two businesses will form a cooperation in the sporting industry.

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First, the rumor suggests that Disney might be interested in a pre-installed version of the ESPN app on the iPhone.

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Despite this, Apple has not yet introduced a native iPhone application for a third-party company since removing the YouTube app from the pre-installed apps section of iOS 6 in 2012.

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Second, because ESPN can presently be obtained only through cable and satellite TV bundles, it is not possible to watch ESPN using the application that is available for Apple TV.

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According to the article, Disney intends to begin offering the sports network on an a la carte basis as early as 2025. Nevertheless, given that timescale, immediate cooperation is probably not an option.

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