ESPN today announced that it will launch its new streaming service, which it's calling "ESPN+", on Thursday, April 12. The service will be integrated into a "re-imagined" version of the ESPN app, and include thousands of live sporting events, original shows and films, exclusive studio programs, and a back catalog of on-demand content.

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ESPN+ will cost subscribers $4.99 per month ($49.99 per year), and out-of-market packages for both MLB.TV and NHL.TV will be available during respective seasons for an additional $24.99 per month. ESPN said that more details about its new service will come out in the next few days, including more information on the redesigned ESPN app.

ESPN did tease some information about the new app, saying it will include sports scores, news, and highlights, authenticated live streaming with "TV everywhere" video, ESPN Radio and podcasts, the ESPN+ service, and more.

For ESPN+, the company is promising subscribers more than 180 MLB and NHL games, a year-round boxing schedule, more than 250 MLS games, college sports, PGA events, and more.

James Pitaro, ESPN President and Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks, said, “ESPN was built on a belief in innovation and the powerful connection between sports and a remarkable array of fans. That same belief is at the heart of ESPN+ and the new ESPN App. With ESPN+, fans have access to thousands more live games, world class original programs and on-demand sports content, all at a great price. They will get all of that as a part of a completely re-imagined, increasingly personalized ESPN App that provides easy, one-stop access to everything ESPN offers.”

ESPN+ will be the first direct-to-consumer service from Disney's new streaming initiative partnership with BAMTECH. In August 2017, Disney revealed a plan to pull its films and TV shows from Netflix in preparation for the launch of its own streaming services. Those plans involved an ESPN-focused service for "early 2018," and after that the company will launch a platform for Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm movies in "late 2019."

Tags: ESPN, Disney

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critter13 Avatar
59 months ago
no nfl nba ncaaf or ncaab
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Not too bad. If you are cord cutting...

You get all your local channels (antenna), a lot of sports (ESPN), News (Bloomberg TV) all for $5 a month, oh wait internet cable without a TV package for like $80... so that's $85 a month
ESPN+ will not cover what most people watch on ESPN. dont even think you can watch sportscenter
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willmtaylor Avatar
59 months ago
Sooooo I guess this is just for cord cutters... or someone who doesn’t have a friend with cable that will loan them their login.....
ON TOP OF any other subscriptions. Jeez.
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MarkNY Avatar
59 months ago
Um, out of market games are ALREADY available from MLB.TV. I don't get it.

ESPN is dead. They are a useless middleman. (Also, keep in mind that is an additional service from ESPN -- you still have to have a cable subscription to the old ESPN to get that content.)
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thejtray Avatar
59 months ago
Not sure why any of this is being charged. Oh and I will buy MLB.TV through their App at $10 less a year and I can do it using iTunes gift cards I regularly purchase at a 15% discount.
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4jasontv Avatar
59 months ago
Um, out of market games are ALREADY available from MLB.TV. I don't get it.

ESPN is dead. They are a useless middleman. (Also, keep in mind that is an additional service from ESPN -- you still have to have a cable subscription to the old ESPN to get that content.)
Really? I have MLB.tv and I can never watch the local team. Thankfully the Sox are out of market, but it means I can’t build a relationship with the Rockies. MLB doesn’t realize that blocking their games keeps me from going to games as well.
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bozzykid Avatar
59 months ago
Sooooo I guess this is just for cord cutters... or someone who doesn’t have a friend with cable that will loan them their login.....
No. You would still need to authenticate with a cable/satellite provider to get most of ESPN's content. ESPN is basically just moving ESPN3 content to this new paid tier.
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