ESPN+, the upcoming direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from Disney Direct-to-Consumer and global in partnership with ESPN and featuring ESPN branded content, will launch on April 12 and offer fans a dynamic lineup of live sports, original content and an unmatched library of award-winning on-demand programming - all for a subscription price of $4.99 per month.
At $4.99 a month customers have access to live sporting events, original content and scripted shows on the app.
ESPN is pitching the new online video streaming service as a more feature-packed addition to its revamped and free ESPN app.
The long-awaited ESPN+ over-the-top service will finally launch on April 12.
College Sports - ESPN+ will offer baseball, basketball, football, gymnastics, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming volleyball, wrestling and more. The new OTT service will include live games.
Speaking on the app, we don't know exactly when the new app will launch (we assume ahead of April 12), but ESPN does mention the new app can be highly personalized to each user and that the, "reimagined ESPN App will be the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans". ESPN Plus will feature one Major League Baseball game each day of the week throughout the season.
The service will feature more than 250 MLS games, including more than two dozen Chicago Fire games for viewers in the Chicago area. Also not included in the statement were the major college sports conferences for which ESPN has broadcast rights. That service costs an additional $24.99 per month.
You can learn more about the new ESPN+ platform here.
Not having the linear ESPN networks included in that $4.99 could be a turnoff for some, especially if they're already paying a cable bill. And beginning with the 2018-19 National Hockey League season, ESPN+ will air more than 180 games, also a game per day throughoutthe season. (If you do that, though, you'll be able to authenticate and watch the traditional networks within the app.) Through the new ESPN app, subscribers can purchase the MLB.TV, NHL.TV and MLS Direct Kick packages to add to their experience, similar to how Channels work within Amazon Prime.
The service is widely viewed as a glimpse into parent Walt Disney Company's move into direct to consumer streaming, with Disney's own entertainment streaming service slated for 2019.