Walt Disney (DIS) said Monday that its ESPN streaming sports network, created to be a supplement to the main premium sports cable network, goes lives on Thursday, April 12.
In addition to ESPN+, which will feature live sports content, original programming, and an on-demand library for $5 per month, Disney is also slated to launch a separate servicein late 2019 to house its illustrious library of films and TV shows, including productions from Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar, and more. "That same belief is at the heart of ESPN+ and the new ESPNApp", said James Pitaro, ESPN President and Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks. Today, we're learning that the service will launch April 12 to be exact, along with a "redesigned and reimagined" ESPN app.
Notably, the $4.99 per month price of admission will not include access to ESPN's eight television channels. Let us know what you think and whether you'll be looking to add this to your streaming arsenal.
ESPN did not say whether it plans to broadcast any National Basketball Association or NFL games on its new service.
While you may not be a sports fan, Disney Media Networks' plans for ESPN+ may have bigger implications for you down the line.
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.
COLLEGE BASEBALL & SOFTBALL: ESPN+ will help college baseball and softball fans see more games than ever before, with hundreds more games from across the college ranks streamed live, exclusively on ESPN+.
The service is also promising more than 100 days of coverage from 31 PGA Tour events, hundreds of tennis matches from tournaments like Wimbledon and the U.S. Open as well as hundreds of rugby and cricket matches. That service costs an additional $24.99 per month.
ESPN+ is Disney's highly anticipated rebuttal to a wave of cord cutting.
To ensure the ESPN app is updated on April 12th, the automatic update mode must be activated by going to Settings Apps and making sure the "Automatically Update Apps" setting is turned "On". Come the 2018-19 NHL season, the entire NHL.TV out-of-market package will also be offered, though pricing for that has not been confirmed yet.
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