Launches; Disney's first paid streamer priced at $4.99 per month

New ESPN Service Tries to Catch Streaming Wave

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. But it's still worth repeating, at least in part because regular people might reasonably assume that an ESPN streaming service will give you ESPN.

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

A Disney spokesperson has defined their service as "thousands of additional live events" packed in a single package. Teased earlier this month, the new app completely redesigns ESPN's interface.

It has a few exclusives, too, including some episodes of the lauded ESPN documentary series "30 for 30" - plus that show's entire back catalog. The service offers HD streaming at 60 frames per second with DVR-like playback controls. These are all pretty self explanatory, but the Watch section is where you'll find access to ESPN's channels as well as ESPN+. (So: No NFL, no NBA.) That sets it apart from other TV network streaming services, like those from HBO and Showtime, which essentially unlock all the same programming a traditional TV subscriber gets.

New ESPN Service Tries to Catch Streaming Wave
ESPN streaming service launches as Disney faces subscriber losses

ESPN+ is ESPN's new over-the-top subscription service, which provides access to "a selection of live games from MLB, MLS and National Hockey League throughout the regular season". There's also Kobe Bryant's new basketball analysis show "Detail", which premieres just in time for the NBA playoffs. BYU locked in an extension with ESPN through 2019, for one, and the app will broadcast "football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, track and field, gymnastics, swimming and diving, lacrosse, wrestling, volleyball, golf and more" from 20 different conferences, according to the press release.

The Disney-owned ESPN knows this.

SCORES: Immediate access to all the latest scores that fans follow every day, prioritizing favorite teams and sports right at the top. Furthermore, if the cord-cutting trend really picks off and the original ESPN suffers, then there is a streaming platform ready to start offering ESPN content over their, directly. If you sign up before April 18, your free trial will last 30 days as part of a promotion.

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