ESPN Launches $5 Streaming Service, Without Their TV Channels

New ESPN Service Tries to Catch Streaming Wave

The Disney-owned service is subscription-based, giving sports fans access to live sports, ESPN original programming and on-demand content.

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Walt Disney on Thursday debuted its new ESPN+ digital subscription service, the first consumer offering in the traditional media company's push to become a leader in streaming entertainment. Teased earlier this month, the new app completely redesigns ESPN's interface.

ESPN is now offering a free first month for new subscribers (until April 19th), with a cost of $4.99 per month month afterward, or $49.99 annually.

It remains to be seen how many cord-cutting sports fans will pay for ESPN+.

Sports Marketplace - the ability to also subscribe to additional premium streaming services like MLB.TV (and NHL.TV, beginning in 2018-19) all within the ESPN app environment.

Disney shares are down more than 5% since the company provided pricing information and other details on ESPN+ in early February.

While ESPN+ will not air any of the network's NFL "Monday Night Football" games - traditionally a major ratings draw - the service will feature at least one MLB and NHL game per day through the league's regular seasons, a year-round slate of boxing matches, various college sports and Major League Soccer's entire out-of-market schedule. So unlike, say, an HBO Now subscription, ESPN+ really wouldn't serve as a replacement for what you'd get as a cable subscriber. In short, ESPN+ services can be defined as a platform for "niche sports". The app will still provide sports scores, news and analysis, video highlights, and audio (both live and on-demand). You will be able to view ESPN documentaries, and an original National Basketball Association show called Detail that will be written and hosted by Kobe Bryant.

"We spent a good deal of time on personalization - getting the right content to the right consumer at the right time", he said.

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To ensure the ESPN app is updated, the automatic update mode must be activated on Apple TV devices by going to Settings Apps and making sure the "Automatically Update Apps" setting is turned "On".

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