As if sports fans weren't already spoiled enough, with the Premier League returning and wall-to-wall Olympics coverage, now we bring you news of two new sports streaming services.
Disney has announced it will launch an ESPN-branded pay-for subscription streaming service. Meanwhile, a streaming service has just launched in parts of continental Europe, and it's focussed purely on sport.
First, the ESPN service. Disney announced it after acquiring a 33 per cent stake in BAMTech, a video streaming service that was previously formed by Major League Baseball. Disney will collaborate with BAMTech to bring the ESPN service to fruition.
So what will it feature? It will be a "multi-sport" service, with live regional, national and international sporting events. It'll feature content from BAMTech and ESPN, and will support streaming video and digital products from ABC and Disney, as well as "future digital initiatives".
There are no more concrete details than that at the moment, we're afraid. But ESPN broadcasts MLB (Major League Baseball), NBA (National Basketball Association), WNBA (Women's National Basketball Association), MLS (Major League Soccer), NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and some other acronymed sports.
Disney already offers a free sports streaming service called WatchESPN in the US, but viewers need a cable or satellite TV subscription in order to watch. This new service would enable so-called "cord cutters" – i.e. those who don't want cable or satellite – to watch live sports.
Meanwhile, sports fans in Germany, Austria and Switzerland can get their fill of sports via the new DAZN streaming service. It costs €9.99 a month, and includes Premier League, Spanish, German and French football, as well as NFL, NBA, tennis, motorsports, boxing, ice hockey, rugby, darts and more.
However, it's unlikely to reach these shores, not without some pretty amazing rights negotiating.