ESPN was originally called the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, and is a U.S.-based global sports cable and satellite television channel which is run by ESPN Inc., It's a dual venture between The Walt Disney Company who runs it and the Hearst Corporation who has a 20% minority share. ESPN is available to about 94,396,000 paying television households which includes 81.1% of households that have at least one TV set in the US. Outside of their flagship channel they have seven related channels in the United States. ESPN has broadcasts in more than 200 countries, and run local and regional channels in Australia, Brazil, Latin America and the United Kingdom, and own a 20% interest in The Sports Network (TSN) as well as its five sister networks in Canada.
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