Still, the ESPN+ service, which launches April 12, promises enough as-they-happen games and original programming to give people who've already cut the cord their live sports fix. With ESPN+, fans have access to thousands more live games, world-class original programs, and on-demand sports content, all at a great price. Instead, ESPN+ will offer content including MLB, NHL, MLS, college sports, boxing, golf, tennis and other events.
Sports fans finally know what ESPN's long-awaited subscription service, ESPN+, has to offer.
ESPN+, the upcoming direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from Disney Direct-to-Consumer and global in partnership with ESPN and featuring ESPN branded content, will launch on April 12 and offer fans a dynamic lineup of live sports, original content and an unmatched library of award-winning on-demand programming - all for a subscription price of $4.99 per month.
Near the end of 2017, ESPN's parent company, Disney, announced a new streaming app was on the horizon.
The technologiocal infrastructure for ESPN+, which will live within a redesigned version of the ESPN app, will be provided by BAMTech Media, which Disney acquired for $1.6 billion last August. It will feature a selection of sporting events and special features not available on the free app.
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- MLB - ESPN+ will feature an ESPN+ MLB game each day, seven days per week, throughout the MLB regular season - more than 180 games that will include every MLB team. Soccer fans, meanwhile, will have exclusive access to full Major League Soccer out-of-market schedule, and Chicago-area subscribers will be able to view in-market Chicago Fire matches. Likewise for hockey fans, the service will also stream over 180 National Hockey League games for the 2018-2019 season. But, topheavy with b-grade content from some of its lesser channels, that's not what this new ESPN+ product offers.
According to Deadspin, an ESPN spokesman would not confirm how ESPN3's slate of programming would change as a result of the new service.
ESPN+ will be the company's first direct-to-consumer TV service. This coverage will include broadcasts of Thursday, Friday, and "some" Saturday/Sunday events. Meanwhile, passionate cricket fans across the US will get matches across Test, ODI and T20 formats from New Zealand Cricket and Cricket Ireland.