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Pay TV nets peg hopes on skinny bundle band-aids

Disney CEO Bob Iger is downright optimistic about the future of skinny bundles for pay TV content, despite the lukewarm reception these bundles have received from analysts and consumers alike. Content owners have been eager to get their channels on over the top skinny bundles as a way to combat the erosion of ratings and ad revenue. ESPN, for example, continues to see its income fall on the pay TV side, and it’s clear from Iger’s comments that Disney is placing a lot of hope on the eventual success of skinny bundles. “My confidence in ESPN is due to a number of things, but clearly the deals that we have done with new platform owners, mostly over-the-top, have already yielded…

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