Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

ESPN gets in on the streaming wars with ESPN+

ESPN gets in on the streaming wars with ESPN+

First of all, ESPN+ will be Disney's first step into the world of streaming service, but it won't end up making an impact on ESPN's current subscriber count. Along with the launch of this subscription service, a new ESPN is here with a pretty dramatic redesign.

ESPN+ is also home to the company's entire archive of its 30 for 30 documentary series as well as "thousands" of hours of live tennis, boxing, golf, soccer, cricket, and rugby games.

ESPN+ is part of the updated and existing ESPN app on Apple TV. The Ringer noted that the service is "lacking the main thing sports fans want to watch: sports". For just $4.99 a month, MLS fans can watch hundreds of out-of-market MLS games plus gain access to thousands of other ESPN events, original shows and films - including USL and worldwide soccer. However, you should note that its offering is not similar to the ESPN we are all familiar with.

The launch comes less than two months after the launch of CBS Sports HQ, a free streaming sports service. Adding the 30 for 30 archive is definitely one way of helping to prop up the variety bag of live events, and eliminating ads all over ESPN as part of your subscription is nice, too.

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Subscribers of ESPN+ will be able to watch one Major League Baseball and NHL game while they're in season, but you won't find any NFL or National Basketball Association games. To gain access to ESPN+, you will have to head on over to the revamped version of their mobile app.

ESPN AUDIO - LIVE AND ON DEMAND: The leading library of sports audio content, including live ESPN Radio streaming and a lineup of top sports podcasts. Detail, meanwhile, is a show created, written and hosted by NBA legend and Oscar victor (Dear Basketball) Kobe Bryant that'll air exclusively on ESPN+. Last summer, the company ended a deal to distribute its movies on Netflix and announced it will be creating a separate streaming service with exclusive rights for Disney animated and live-action movies, including Star Wars content.

The big question: What do Disney and ESPN expect out of ESPN+?

Time will tell if ESPN can pull this off, but for now the seven day trial might be worth a look, especially if you're an MLS fan.

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