ESPN has officially launched ESPN+ Subscription service app, a week after first announcing the name and launch date of its new streaming service, also making the first direct-to-consumer platform to debut from Disney.
This launch of ESPN+ is available on ESPN.com and within a redesigned ESPN app for iOS and tvOS devices. Marks the first of any sort from Disney, and if you’re a user of Apple TV app, ESPN+ content is also supported across all devices via this method as well. Otherwise, ESPN+ is also available for Android and Chromecast devices.
Nevertheless, the new app continues to offer free content, including sports scrores, news, analysis clips, video highlights, and select live or on-demand sports audio content is also available for instant streaming. Users of the app will continue to receive thousands of live, streamable sporting events as well as original TV programming, movies and more.
The new ESPN+ content will be based on each user’s favorite teams, sports and leagues which should mean that they will see content specifically suited to their tastes. “TV Everywhere” access is also still available for subscribers of pay-TV companies.
According to ESPN itself, the app’s new design offers an “easy-to-use” interface with enhanced focus on p[ersonalization and discoverability. The content streamed via ESPN is curated by each user’s favorite teams, sectioned into five primary navigation menus on iOS: Home, Scores, watch, Listen, and Sports. ESPN+ is housed in the Watch tab, providing subscribers an “all-in-one digital sports platform.
Right now, ESPN+ is available only in the United States and costs subscribers $4.99/month (for $49.99/year). There is currently a promotion running during launch week that will allow users to try ESPN+ out for 30 days with no fee payable. ESPN+ subscribers will have access to HD streaming at 60fps; live pause, rewind, and restart; limited advertising; and a sports marketplace to purchase additional premium streaming services like MLB.TV and NHL.TV.
Although the service includes “thousands of games and events” from professional leagues, it does not include live NFL or NBA games. Here’s a list of what is available on ESPN+ to watch live. If you do subscribe, you can expect live content such as:
MLB – A daily game, seven days per week, throughout the regular season, a total of more than 180 games that will include every MLB team.
NHL – Beginning with the 2018-19 season, a daily game throughout the regular season, a total of more than 180 hockey games.
MLS – the entire MLS LIVE out-of-market schedule with more than 250 games this season, as well as the local-market home for the Chicago Fire, exclusively bringing 23 Fire matches to fans in Chicago.
College Sports – Football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, track & field, gymnastics, swimming & diving, lacrosse, wrestling, volleyball, golf and more.
Top Rank Boxing – Hundreds of live boxing matches, including 18 ESPN+ exclusive Top Rank fight cards throughout the year, all Top Rank on ESPN undercard fights, re-airs of all Top Rank on ESPN and Top Rank on ESPN PPV bouts, plus weigh-ins and more.
PGA Tour Golf – 50 days of coverage from 20 PGA tour events, including the RBC Heritage, THE PLAYERS Championship, the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the FedExCup Playoffs and more.
Grand Slam Tennis – Hundreds of men’s and women’s singles, doubles and other matches, from the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.
Cricket – Hundreds of Test, ODI and T20 format matches from New Zealand Cricket and Cricket Ireland.
Rugby – Hundreds of matches from SANZAAR Rugby, the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series, and Major League Rugby.
Canadian Football League – Nearly 200 games from Canada’s professional league.
English Football League – Approximately 200 total matches.
UEFA Nations League – Over 100 live matches from the newly created tournament.
United Soccer League – Approximately 450 USL matches this season.
While the content available will unfortunately still be subject to local media blackouts, the app itself can be downloaded by anyone, right now immediately for free.
* New ESPN app on iOS [Direct Link] and tvOS.
The same service launching on Fire TV devices, Fire tablets, Android phones, Android TV, and Chromecast. Disney’s next streaming service won’t launch until late 2019, and will include Disney’s own movies as well as Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm content. Stay tuned!