ESPN+ Standalone Streaming Service Launching Thursday
ESPN’s New Streaming Service Will Launch With MLB, MLS, Boxing, USL, College Sports And More For $4.99 Per Month
ESPN has announced that it will launch its standalone streaming service, ESPN+, this Thursday. The service will offer a wide variety a live sports action including MLB, NHL, USL, MLS, boxing and college events as well as the full 30 For 30 documentary series.
The newest 30 For 30 documentary, The Last Days Of Knight, will also premiere on the service on April 12.
The streaming service will be available within the ESPN app and on ESPN.com.
We’ve compiled what we know thus far about the new streaming service from the Walt Disney Co. umbrella.
ESPN will launch streaming service ESPN+ on April 12 for $4.99 per month.
How Much Will ESPN+ Cost?
ESPN+ will cost $4.99 per month. or subscribers signing up for an annual plan can do so for $49.99.
American Express cardholders will be able to take advantage for a 30-day free trial due to the company being the Official Launch Sponsor of the service. The typical free trial will be seven days in length.
I signed up for ESPN+ first thing this morning. I was only able to sign up for the $4.99/month plan and didn’t see an option for any annual plan. Also, the 30-day free trial is advertised as being sponsored by American Express and open to everyone, not just those with a card.
According to this tweet from the soccer reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, ESPN will offer the 30-day free trial to anyone that signs up for the streaming service in the first week after it goes live as well.
What Will I Be Able To Watch?
ESPN has said that its new streaming service will include “hundreds of MLB, NHL, MLS Games, thousands of college sports events, Top Rank Boxing, PGA TOUR Golf,(and) Grand Slam Tennis” among its live sports lineup.
One Major League Baseball game each day during the season will be streamed through the service. Starting next season, one National Hockey League game will also be shown each day.
Will Soccer Games Be Streaming?
ESPN has said that Major League Soccer games previously aired through the MLS LIVE package will move to the streaming service. The Chicago Fire also signed a deal with ESPN for all of its matches to be shown.
As we previously mentioned, the United Soccer League will also be moving all of its streams over to ESPN. The USL, which exists on the second tier of the U.S. soccer landscape and of which Saint Louis FC is a part, had previously streamed its games through YouTube.
Soccer matches from across the pond will also air on this streaming service. World Soccer Talk has some choice words for ESPN, however.
Will I Be Able To Stream 30 For 30 Documentaries On ESPN+?
April 12 will also mark the premiere of the newest film in ESPN’s 30 For 30 documentary series. The Last Days of Knight focuses on the CNN investigation that brought down Indiana University’s basketball coach Bob Knight. Robert Abbott directed and narrates the film. He was a producer at CNN when he began investigating Knight for the network.
All of the documentaries in the award-winning series, from Kings Ransom on Wayne Gretzky to Big Shot, featuring John Spano himself, will be available through the service.
Will Kobe Bryant Have His Own Show?
Yes, Kobe Bryant’s Detail will air exclusively on the streaming streaming service. The former Los Angeles Lakers star will will break down his own games from the past as well as games in this season NBA Playoffs.
What About Exclusive Events?
ESPN has announced that the June 9 welterweight world title bout between Jeff Horn and Terrence Crawford will air exclusively on its new streaming service. ESPN has announced that 18 boxing events will air only on ESPN+ during the service’s first year.
First ESPN+ Then What?
ESPN’s parent company, Walt Disney Co., doesn’t plan to stop with ESPN+ in terms of its streaming offerings. Disney is planning on launching a streaming service of its own in the Fall of 2019. The service will reportedly offer Disney movies as well goodies from the Marvel and Lucasfilm libraries. Disney bought Lucasfilm, the studio behind Star Wars, for $4 billion back in 2012.
Director Jon Favreau is reportedly making a live-action Star Wars series for the planned streaming service.
How Do I Sign Up For ESPN+?
ESPN+ will be available through the ESPN app as well as through ESPN.com. The new redesigned app, which is also launching April 12, will presumably be available through streaming devices such as those from Roku and in the Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV line of products.
The ESPN app can be downloaded on Android and IOS devices. Users who have already downloaded the app will be asked to update on April 12.
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