ESPN streaming service launches as Disney faces subscriber losses


ESPN+ has been launched and will cost you $5 a month.

In addition to being the sports media giant's first big push into digital subscriptions, ESPN+ is also parent company Disney's first streaming launch since it took a majority stake in technology company BAMtech a year ago, with the explicit goal of helping Disney move into streaming. The redesigned ESPN app, which will house the streaming service, will purportedly offer a personalized viewing and reading experience for every consumer.

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. This week, you can also sign up for a free 30-day trial, sponsored by American Express. As of today, ESPN+ can be viewed on Android, iOS, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and the web, though the lack of Roku support is going to be a turn off for many cordcutters.

We've been saying this for a long time; more recently, executives from ESPN and its owners at Disney have been saying it as well. The app will also have a built-in DVR function so fans can record sporting events to watch later.

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The new service shouldn't have any impact on BYU or local sports, according to the Deseret News.

The service will also include a year-round boxing schedule, more than 250 Major League Soccer matches and college sports including golf, gymnastics, football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, track & field, swimming & diving, lacrosse, wrestling, volleyball, and more from conferences including the America East, ASun, Big South, Big West, Horizon, Ivy League, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Missouri Valley, NEC, Southern Conference, Southland, Summit League, Sun Belt, WAC and others. If you're a cord cutter, is ESPN+ providing you what you want?

ESPN+ is the first of two streaming services Disney will launch as it reimagines its media network division. So unlike, say, an HBO Now subscription, ESPN+ really wouldn't serve as a replacement for what you'd get as a cable subscriber. The app will still provide sports scores, news and analysis, video highlights, and audio (both live and on-demand).

Besides "Detail", other original content available on ESPN+ on launch day includes "The Last Days of Knight", a 30 for 30 documentary about former IN coach Bobby Knight's fall from grace.