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A new streaming service from US sports network ESPN will launch next year.

Called ESPN+, it will be available through a new ESPN app, and will offer live sporting events.

ESPN is owned by Disney, which is launching its own streaming service in 2019. It will bring together its biggest franchises – including 'Star Wars' and Marvel properties, both of which it will pull from Netflix – to offer what looks like a compelling package.

The Disney service will also be cheaper than Netflix.

Speaking about ESPN+, Disney CEO Bob Iger said: "The product will be accessible through a new and fully redesigned ESPN app, which will allow users to access sports scores and highlights, stream our channels on an authenticated basis and subscribe to ESPN+ for additional sports coverage, including thousands of live sporting events.

"This one app [will offer] sports fans far more than they can get on any other app, website or channel."

Disney said some content will be available "for a fee", which suggests viewers will be able to subscribe to individual sports, much like Sky Sports' new channels.

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