Disney kicks off video streaming push with ESPN+

Disney kicks off video streaming push with ESPN+

Disney kicks off video streaming push with ESPN+

Get games from around the sports world, both live and on-demand, along with access to ESPN's best films and new exclusive shows.

"ESPN was built on a belief in innovation and the powerful connection between sports and a remarkable array of fans". It's built on BAMTECH Media infrastructure; BAMTECH spun out of MLB's digital business and Disney now controls a majority ownership stake of the company, which was valued at almost $4 billion previous year and powers other streaming services for HBO and the National Hockey League. ESPN insists that's not true and that these are events it has never had the ideal platform for. You will still need a cable subscription to watch all the biggest NFL, NBA and college games featured on traditional ESPN networks. That means that if you're, say, a Yankees fan living in NY, you won't be able to watch your team on ESPN+ due to the blackouts. There's also Kobe Bryant's new basketball analysis show "Detail", which premieres just in time for the NBA playoffs. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, SEC Network, SEC Network Plus, ESPNews ESPN Deportes, and Longhorn Network are all available to stream live in the ESPN App. Access to live video is determined by your TV provider and package and, in some instances, your Internet service provider. The service costs $4.99/month, and if you sign up by April 18, you'll get a free 30-day trial. ESPN+ lets you cancel anytime.

In light of what ESPN+ is offering, the next obvious question becomes, what was Disney's intent when they chose to launch the service? Like the Canadian Football League, minor league soccer from the United Kingdom, and college sports featuring teams and sports that ESPN doesn't already run on its existing TV networks and digital services. Additionally, you'll find sections for Scores, Watch, Listen (podcasts), and Sports.

ESPN+ is available on Android, iOS, Apple TV, Chromecast, FireTV and, yes, the internet. The Ringer noted that the service is "lacking the main thing sports fans want to watch: sports". It's courting the superfans, people who watch niche sports like cricket and rugby, and fans of mid-major college teams, including those that play in the Ivy League and Missouri Valley Conference.

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