ESPN gets in on the streaming wars with ESPN+

New ESPN Service Tries to Catch Streaming Wave

Dubbed ESPN+, the subscription-only, direct-to-consumer service will cost $4.99 per month and launch alongside a redesigned ESPN digital app. Subscribers will gain access to live sporting events beyond those available on ESPN or ESPN2, such as Wimbledon matches or additional Major League Baseball games, as well as the full slate of the network's "30 for 30" documentary series and other original programming.

ESPN+ has been launched and will cost you $5 a month.

Disney's ESPN+, a new streaming service, launched today. But it's still worth repeating, at least in part because regular people might reasonably assume that an ESPN streaming service will give you ESPN.

You can subscribe to ESPN+ through the ESPN website or through the ESPN app. This week, you can also sign up for a free 30-day trial, sponsored by American Express. The home feed balances what is important to each individual fan and the most important and compelling content that ESPN knows sports fans need.

While Disney and ESPN have been previewing ESPN+ for a while now, and released numerous content details last week, they also brought reporters to ESPN's Bristol, Connecticut headquarters to lay out their vision and show off the app.

College sports will range from 20 different athletic conferences across the country and other live sports include rugby, cricket, boxing, tennis and golf.

As TechCrunch reported, ESPN's new service came with a redesigned app, which will put an emphasis on personalization. However, you should note that its offering is not similar to the ESPN we are all familiar with.

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The service is accessed through the "Watch" section in the ESPN app, and it's joined by ESPN's other original and featured content.

"We've been very clear that the service is meant to be complementary and additive to what you're getting on linear television", he said.

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.

Last Days of Knight - The behind-the-scenes story of why high school All-Americans were leaving Indiana University men's basketball coach Bob Knight's program, and the subsequent fallout after the story broke. 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+.

ESPN+ has a weeklong free trial.

The app will also be available for Apple and Android TVs, Amazon tablets, Amazon Fire TV products, and Google's Chromecast.

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