ESPN3 Now AirPlay Compatible...ATV App Imminent?

k12g3

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ESPN has finally updated its "WatchESPN" App to include AirPlay compatibility for its online network ESPN3. According to the release notes, future updates will include compatibility for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU programming.

I have been waiting for this feature forever! So glad it is finally happening.

This HAS to mean that a native "WatchESPN" app is coming soon for the :apple:TV. Do you think Apple will announce it at the Sept. 12 iPhone 5 event or maybe iPad Mini event in October?

FINALLY: Cutting the cord is looking like a reality!
 

Rushli0n

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Even if there is an app coming...you can't watch it without having a Comcast/Xfinity subscription I believe. There may be other providers, but you still won't be able to "cut the cord".
 

Michael CM1

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AHH, stupid providers. Why Dish Network doesn't support this boggles me. At least I can still watch it through my Xbox or computer.
 

OmegaRed1723

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Even if there is an app coming...you can't watch it without having a Comcast/Xfinity subscription I believe. There may be other providers, but you still won't be able to "cut the cord".
Does it count if your Internet is through Comcast, or do they require you to have a cable subscription specifically?
 

Rushli0n

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Does it count if your Internet is through Comcast, or do they require you to have a cable subscription specifically?
Currently you have to subscribe to a cable package that includes the channel already. Would be sweet though if they let their internet subscribers take part though.
 

sirgromit

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ESPN makes this very confusing. ESPN3 content only requires you to have a partner ISP (tv subscription not requried). However, if you want to stream regular ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU then you must have a cable/satellite/fiber TV subscription via a partner as well.

To make matters worse, ESPN3 used to have many of the live events that ESPN and ESPN2 had but now ESPN will no longer be duplicating these events via ESPN3 meaning there will be a little less content via ESPN3 and you'll need the tv subscription to stream these particular events.

I certainly would like to see WatchESPN included as an app with the AppleTV as their iOS app had disabled AirPlay streaming only to recently add it back again with the latest 1.6.3 update but only for ESPN3 streams. AirPlay support for the other ESPN channels is to be added "soon."
 

k12g3

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Even if there is an app coming...you can't watch it without having a Comcast/Xfinity subscription I believe. There may be other providers, but you still won't be able to "cut the cord".
Do what I do! Just have a friend or family member let you use their sign-in information for their cable/satellite provider. It's no charge to them and if they are a good enough friend, they won't mind at all. ;) I do the same with HBOGo and have been enjoying premium programming for months now! #cutthecord