Disney Launches New ESPN+ Streaming Service

Disney Just Launched Their ESPN+ Streaming Service

New ESPN Service Tries to Catch Streaming Wave

ESPN+ is designed for fanatics who want more sports programing, and for people who can not find their favorite teams or sports on TV, Disney executives said. ESPN+ streaming costs $4.99/month or $49.99/year. Additional live sports will be part of ESPN+, but there will be no National Basketball Association or NFL games seen on the streaming service.

ESPN+, part of ESPN's redesigned app that also launched today, will get you one Major League Baseball and one NHL game per day, out-of-market MLS games, along with live action from various other niche sports like boxing, tennis, rugby, cricket, and others.

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ESPN+ will offer a number of live events, though, like Major League Soccer, and episodic programming, including a new basketball analysis show from Kobe Bryant. But ESPN head Jimmy Pitaro told the outlet that he is "actively engaged" in conversations about competitive video gaming, and is "going to continue to expand our investment in eSports and that includes within both the ESPN app and ESPN+". However, if you're a traditional ESPN subscriber, you can log in with your pay TV credentials and get access to live and on-demand content. It may not be the sports streaming service you've been waiting for.

Pitaro added that ESPN+ wasn't created to compete with distributors like Comcast, AT&T and Dish Network's Sling TV that offer cable bundles.

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ESPN+ is available on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and online.

In light of what ESPN+ is offering, the next obvious question becomes, what was Disney's intent when they made a decision to launch the service? All of those companies sell packages that include ESPN's TV channels. Watch anywhere, on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.

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A closer look at the schedule should make it clear whether ESPN+ is worth it for you. And then, there is a laundry list of many more sporting events which are not so popular amongst people, e.g. college sports featuring teams, Canadian Football League, minor league soccer from the United Kingdom, and the likes. With the updated ESPN app, which arrives today as part of the ESPN+ debut, users will get access to existing features like news, scores and favorite teams, alongside content from the new streaming offering. The Ringer noted that the service is "lacking the main thing sports fans want to watch: sports".

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