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Set to Launch April 12

04 April, 2018, 01:57 | Author: Hannah Francis
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ESPN's new streaming video service that comes with live baseball and hockey games will debut on April 12. "ESPN3 will still have thousands of live events and, while some content will shift to ESPN+, we will actively program live events across both platforms".

Sports fans finally know what ESPN's long-awaited subscription service, ESPN+, has to offer. "They will get all of that as a part of a completely re-imagined, increasingly personalised ESPN App that provides easy, one-stop access to everything ESPN offers". ESPN used to be the most profitable entity in the massive Disney media umbrella, before declining cable subscriptions made it clear the company needed to enter into digital media.

With the decrease of satellite TV and more consumers turning to streaming services for entertainment, Disney is looking to get ahead in the sports streaming market.

Here's what you need to know with regard to accessing ESPN+ once it is launched.




Subscribers will have access to a featured daily Major League Baseball and NHL game throughout their respective seasons, which amounts to more than 180 live games of each sport.

You can learn more about the new ESPN+ platform here. Major League Soccer fans will be treated to exclusive content for out-of-market schedules.

NHL - One free game per day (again local blackouts apply) with the NHL.TV package available for purchase.

ESPN is joining a new wave of media. The other, a family-friendly service filled with original and licensed programming from across Lucasfilm, Marvel and Pixar, is expected to launch in 2019. If the game isn't on cable, then it will have to be streamed on ESPN+. TNT owns a majority of National Basketball Association games. College sports will be shown live in addition, spanning everything from golf through gymnastics, swimming and diving, wrestling, and soccer. This coverage will include broadcasts of Thursday, Friday, and "some" Saturday/Sunday events. ESPN also promises PGA golf coverage, Grand Slam tennis matches and worldwide sports like rugby and cricket will be part of its monthly streaming package. Finally, there'll be worldwide rugby and cricket. Meanwhile, cricket fans across the US will get matches across Test, ODI, and T20 formats from New Zealand Cricket and Cricket Ireland.

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