Disney, Warner Bros. and Fox’s Joint Sports Streaming Service Now Has a Name

Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery and Fox’s combined sports streaming service has yet to unveil a price point, but it does have a name.

As announced on Thursday, the service will be called Venu Sports (pronounced like “venue”) and, per its freshly launched website, will “bring the most sought-after live sports from the top leagues and teams, together in one place. All in a new app built from the ground up for sports fans.”

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“We are excited to officially introduce Venu Sports, a brand that we feel captures the spirit of an all-new streaming home where sports fans outside of the traditional pay TV ecosystem can experience an incredible collection of live sports, all in one place,” Venu Sports CEO Pete Distad said in a statement. “As preparations for the platform continue to accelerate, we are singularly focused on delivering a best-in-class product for our target audience, built from the ground up using the latest technologies to engage and entertain discerning sports fans wanting one-stop access to live games.”

Exact launch date and pricing information for Venu Sports has yet to be announced, though it’s slated for a Fall 2024 debut.

The sports-centric platform was first announced in February and will reportedly give subscribers access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SECN, ACCN, ESPNEWS, ABC, Fox, FS1, FS2, BTN, TNT, TBS, truTV and ESPN+. That would let subscribers watch live NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL games, along with MMA fights, NASCAR races and many more events.

Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery and Fox would each own one-third of the new venture, which will be the biggest advance yet into the streaming game for TV sports. Paramount+ and Peacock have made NFL games on CBS and NBC available for streaming, with Peacock also hosting an exclusive NFL playoff game between the Chiefs and Dolphins in January; as reported earlier this week, Netflix will be the exclusive host of this year’s Christmas Day NFL match-ups.

But the joint streaming service has raised some eyebrows since its announcement, too. In April, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) brought a formal inquiry to Disney CEO Bob Iger, Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch and WBD CEO David Zaslav, expressing concern that “this consolidation will result in higher prices for consumers and less-fair licensing terms for upstream sports leagues and downstream video distributors.”

Will you fork over your hard-earned money for Venu Sports? Hit the comments and let us know your gameplan.

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