Disney is kicking off its new subscription service Thursday with the release of ESPN+. The basic fact to consider is that a subscription to ESPN+, which will cost you $5 a month, won't give you ESPN - in fact, you will gain access to programmings that are not on ESPN.
Time will tell if ESPN can pull this off, but for now the seven day trial might be worth a look, especially if you're an MLS fan. The home feed balances what is important to each individual fan and the most important and compelling content that ESPN knows sports fans need.
ESPN+ is ESPN's new over-the-top subscription service, which provides access to "a selection of live games from MLB, MLS and National Hockey League throughout the regular season".
But what all of the early reviews - and leading up to its launch, Disney CEO Bob Iger - all emphasize is that ESPN+ is not ESPN and is not meant to replace ESPN.
Without an ESPN+ subscription, meanwhile, the list of things you get to play with is significantly shorter.
The service will include specialty programming for sports like rugby and cricket, along with select Major League Baseball and NHL games, worldwide sports and more - but no NFL games.
The launch comes less than two months after the launch of CBS Sports HQ, a free streaming sports service.
ESPN+ will offer a number of live events, though, like Major League Soccer, and episodic programming, including a new basketball analysis show from Kobe Bryant. Detail, meanwhile, is a show created, written and hosted by NBA legend and Oscar victor (Dear Basketball) Kobe Bryant that'll air exclusively on ESPN+. To gain access to ESPN+, you will have to head on over to the revamped version of their mobile app.
ESPN is trying to pivot to cordcutter and cordnever demands after the company lost more than twelve million subscribers over the last few years. It will also house a library of on-demand and original content, such as ESPN's "30 for 30" series.
ESPN+ is only available in the States, and the company says there are no plans to expand to other countries right now, which makes sense considering it would be tough to get all of these license agreements elsewhere.