Hey Sports Tech Fans,
We’re now well over 400 subscribers, so a huge thanks to all of you and a big welcome to the new subscribers! Head over to our Reddit page to join the conversation, where we had our first user-submitted story which is one of the Videos of the Week this week. https://www.reddit.com/r/Sports_Tech/
One of the major bits of feedback we got in our July feedback month was that 75% of you want to see a Sports Tech Podcast, so we listened! We have published our first podcast covering this week’s major stories; it is very much a work in progress so any and all feedback is greatly appreciated!
You can find the show as the top story below or here: https://open.spotify.com/show/5Y4GO4HON4E2JTodXcP5a5
The major news this week comes from Disney. They released details of their Disney+ details, which will have a lot of exclusives like Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel and all of the Disney back catalog. The news was augmented by the announcement of their bundle offer which will include Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu.
So now Disney can offer subscribers TV, movies and sports and all for $12.99. That is stunning economics and will put massive pressure on the likes of Netflix, Amazon and YouTube. Will an offer to buy Spotify be in the offing to complete the direct to consumer media push from Disney? I wouldn’t rule it out!
The Videos of the Week come from a user-submitted story covering the application of technology in sports at England’s Institute of Sport.
The other video this week comes from Amazon Prime in association with Starbucks. Their series on soccer ‘This is Football’ launched this week and offerings a feel good insight into the power of football. It is in stark contrast to the £1.7 billion spent by Premier League clubs on transfer fees alone this summer. The first episode tracks Liverpool fans in Rwanda and offers a tear jerking insight into the atrocities that happened there in the mid-90s and how football offered a way to come together.
Have a great sporting weekend and enjoy the return of Premier League action! Come on you Spurs :)