ESPN+ Streaming Service Launches in Redesigned ESPN App for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

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    Just over a week after first announcing the name and launch date of its new streaming service, ESPN today launched ESPN+, marking the first direct-to-consumer platform to debut from Disney. ESPN+ is available on ESPN.com and within a redesigned ESPN app for iOS and tvOS devices. For users of Apple's TV app, ESPN+ content is supported in the TV app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

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    The new app continues to offer free content, including sports scores, news, analysis clips, video highlights, and select live and on-demand sports audio content. "TV Everywhere" access is also still available for subscribers of pay-TV companies. Alongside these features is an area for ESPN+, which includes thousands of live sporting events, original tv shows and films, and more.

    ESPN says that the app's new design offers an "easy-to-use" interface with enhanced focus on personalization and discoverability. ESPN's content is curated by each user's favorite teams, sports, and leagues, sectioned into five primary navigation menus on iOS: Home, Scores, Watch, Listen, and Sports. ESPN+ is housed in the Watch tab, providing subscribers an "all-in-one digital sports platform," according to the company.

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    ESPN+ is available only in the United States and costs subscribers $4.99/month (or $49.99/year), and a launch week promotion allows users to try the service for free for 30 days. ESPN+ subscribers will have access to HD streaming at 60 fps; live pause, rewind, and restart; limited advertising; and a sports marketplace to purchase additional premium streaming services like MLB.TV and NHL.TV.

    The company says that there are four "key pillars" of ESPN+: live sports, original shows and films ("Draft Academy"), studio programs (Kobe Bryant's "Detail"), and an on-demand library of content. Although the service includes "thousands of games and events" from professional leagues, it does not include live NFL or NBA games. Here's a list of what is available on ESPN+ to watch live (which could change depending on local market blackouts):
    ESPN+ is available beginning today in the new ESPN app on iOS [Direct Link] and tvOS. The service is also launching on Fire TV devices, Fire Tablets, Android phones, Android TV, and Chromecast. Disney's next streaming service won't launch until late 2019, and will include Disney's own movies as well as Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm content.

    Article Link: ESPN+ Streaming Service Launches in Redesigned ESPN App for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV
     
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    Looking at their announcement page, I didn't see the "Blackouts Apply" asterisk by college sports like it is by MLB/NHL/MLS. If this means I can watch games that are live on ESPN, 2, or SEC network, I will absolutely be buying this. If it's only games that are not on the primary networks, no way in hell is this worth it to me.
     
  3. Outsiderdude26 macrumors regular

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    I mean there is a free trial. try it out and see if it works for you.
     
  4. Return Zero macrumors 6502a

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    I am. However, it's currently neither football nor basketball season, and those are the big-money NCAA games for networks. I'll have to wait and see how it turns out later this year!
     
  5. Bigsk8r macrumors 6502

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    Life is getting better for cable cutters. If NBC Sports would do the same, I would be done. My lineup would be:

    Netflix - $10.99
    Prime - $8.40 (when you buy 12 months annually)
    ESPN - $4.17 (when you buy 12 months annually)
    NBS Sports - $4.17 (If they follow ESPN's lead)

    Total - $27.73 for 95% of all the sports I would want to watch, free shipping on Amazon, and more movies and shows than I can possibly watch.

    Please let this happen... lol
     
  6. SupaDav03 macrumors member

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    They’ve already said it will NOT include content broadcast on any of their cable networks so if you want college games on ESPNU or ESPN/2 you will still need a cable subscription or subscription to Sling, DirecTV Now, etc.
     
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    Does this mean that they are going to also fix their online broadcasting? In the past trying to watch a big game the quality and streams were terrible.
     
  8. AppleMad98004 macrumors 6502

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    You forgot to add potentially two costs. Your monthly mobile bill and any home internet access cost. (cable/fiber etc)

    I pay about $100/month.... 200 channels and 200 mb/sec internet. Cutting cable, buying only internet and the above I'd be right back where I am now. The content companies don't care how you get the channels only that their total revenue increases year to year.
     
  9. icanhazmac macrumors newbie

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    Still waiting for a true ala carte streaming service that does NOT force ESPN on me! Love sports, HATE ESPN.
     
  10. Bigsk8r macrumors 6502

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    As someone who occasionally works from home, and has an adult son paying half the ISP bill because he wants 300mbps for gaming, I don't really look at the service as an optional expense, I pay $45 a month for my portion of it and my total entertainment outlay is still well under $100.

    Phone is my device, but on company Verizon plan with a large data bucket.

    Yes... I am spoiled!
     
  11. Joe h macrumors member

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    So basically I’m paying an extra $5 to get the content that was exclusive to watch espn, plus I still need a cable/satellite subscription in order to watch actual espn programming. Why would anyone celebrate this?
     
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    And blackouts totally ruin this. Last night NBC Sports had a blackout of the Penguins Playoff Hockey.
     
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    I hope my local college tennis matches are not part of this ESPN+ service.
     
  14. phillyman macrumors newbie

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    looks like this is what you used to get for free with ESPN3 ... At least in terms of tennis. Too bad, ESPN3 was a HUGE value for sports fans that most people didn't even know they had.
     
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    Wouldn't that be because divisional playoff rounds are on their usual local RSN? Fox Sports in Pitt and CSN Philly in... Philly?
     
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    All I care about is College football and thus far the included college sports is a bit vague. You could include 'thousands' of college games that no one cares about (e.g. city college level JV softball).
     
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    I would pay big money to be able to watch nfl games on my Apple TV/iOS devices.
     
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    Yes they were, but those using PSVUE in the Pittsburgh area were not treated to that programming. We were able to watch Winnipeg and Minnesota. Or, the NBCS channel that advertised the Pens game, tell us it's blacked out.
     
  19. Joe h macrumors member

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    From the looks of it, they’re taking the c and D rate college sports that were on the original espn app, plus a handful of boxing matches, and selling it for $5. Since the classic espn app is now just espn/espn2/espn news/espnu/espn3/espn sec&acc.

    I would definitely pass until they make it clearer what a person actually gets.
     
  20. OutGolfn macrumors regular

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    I think everyone needs to remember this is just the beginning of this Direct to Consumer product. They are protecting the cash cow cable pipes, but at the same time will slowly start building this with more and more content. They are playing both sides of the table!

    ESPN 3 is still providing vast content and the ESPN+ is new additional content. See schedule of all ESPN and you can toggle between ESPN+ and ESPN3 to see the difference:
    http://www.espn.com/watch/schedule?type=upcoming&channel=espnplus

    Also this gets rid of the ads on their website, pre-roll videos/highlights, and throughout the new ESPN iphone/ipad app. For $4.17/month paid annually I think this is a great options for sports fans!

    This shouldn't be seen as a replacement but more as an enhancement for Sports Fans! Over time they will provide more and more programming to drive Direct to Consumer ESPN+ sales as the legacy cable cash cow slows... Disney has been slow to the streaming party, but content is king and with the upcoming Fox Sports regional networks buyout they will truly be the place to go for almost all sports 5-10 years from now. Disney has the money and content to make it happen it will just take time.
     
  21. xyberviri macrumors newbie

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    I created an account just to comment this:

    Sport networks are part of the reason why cable is so expensive.

    Back in 2011 i worked as IT for a call center that was outsourced by comcast for inbound support. I managed to sneak a peak at the actual cost per channel sheet. In most cases the cost of the whole package is at least 50% of the sports networks in the bundle, Limited/Basic was usually around 50.00/month and 28 of that was ESPN 1/2 & FSN.

    Your top Tier 100.00ish/month-everything except premium package, 50.00 of that was all sports networks costs depending on your market. (ESPN, FSN, NHL/MLB/NBA/SEC/NFL Network/Golf channel)

    If you lived in a city where sports are major events or in a city that is home to a team you paid more because you were most likely to not complain about the prices.

    Before i cut my cable, there was around 31 sports channels out of my package of 255 channels. Meaning 12% of the channels i have make up 50% of the cost of my subscription. Were not even doing the math on channels i don't watch + channels i will never watch.
     
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    Ugh, I must have misinterpreted that. Welp. There's one less subscription I need to consider, haha.
     
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    Although this story is about iOS devices, it all also launched in Amazon Fire TV devices and other android devices today.
     
  24. burgman macrumors 68000

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    I was so disappointed when Formula 1 moved to ESPN from NBC.
     
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    As I live in Austin, Texas and like to watch Big Ten events, world soccer events, and some hockey, I doubt I will be blacked out of much. Especially since one of NBC Sports flagships is Premier League soccer.
     

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