ESPN launches new sport streaming service - ESPN+

Courtesy of ESPN

Courtesy of ESPN

While you don't need to be an ESPN+ subscriber to get some benefit, however, it's clear that the new on-demand and live streaming is the centerpiece.

The ESPN app with ESPN+ is available on the Amazon Fire TV, Apple iPhone and iPads, Apple TV, Android smartphones, Android TV, and Chromecast.

The addition of the service is a big add for Apple's TV app which has been lacking in links to content from various sports networks like Fox Sports, NBCSN, and dozens of regional sports networks.

Another way of putting it: If you go check out ESPN's refreshed app*, which includes an option to pay for ESPN+, you'll see lots of promotions for ESPN programs that aren't live sports, like a new Bobby Knight documentary and a new basketball analysis show "written, produced and hosted" by Kobe Bryant.

The service, available through ESPN's redesigned app, costs $4.99 a month.


The service will also include a year-round boxing schedule, more than 250 Major League Soccer matches and college sports including golf, gymnastics, football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, track & field, swimming & diving, lacrosse, wrestling, volleyball, and more from conferences including the America East, ASun, Big South, Big West, Horizon, Ivy League, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Missouri Valley, NEC, Southern Conference, Southland, Summit League, Sun Belt, WAC and others.

It also presages a more significant streaming service from ESPN's parent company, Disney. In short, ESPN+ services can be defined as a platform for "niche sports".

ESPN+ is ESPN's new over-the-top subscription service, which provides access to "a selection of live games from MLB, MLS and National Hockey League throughout the regular season". It gives you things that aren't on ESPN. The ESPN app still provides live streaming when signed in with your TV provider. But ESPN head Jimmy Pitaro told the outlet that he is "actively engaged" in conversations about competitive video gaming, and is "going to continue to expand our investment in eSports and that includes within both the ESPN app and ESPN+".

ESPN+ is owned by Disney Direct-to-Consumer and global, a division of The Walt Disney Company. Last summer, the company ended a deal to distribute its movies on Netflix and announced it will be creating a separate streaming service with exclusive rights for Disney animated and live-action movies, including Star Wars content.

You can start a free 30-day trial now.

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