ESPN's streaming service launches with Kobe Bryant's new show

New ESPN Service Tries to Catch Streaming Wave

With ESPN+, fans have access to thousands more live games, world-class original programs and on-demand sports content, all at a great price. Along with the launch of this subscription service, a new ESPN is here with a pretty dramatic redesign. The roster will include MLB, NHL, and MLS games, in addition to Grand Slam tennis, PGA Tour golf, and Top Rank boxing.

If you're an Apple device user, you'll be able to access the new ESPN app - and ESPN+ on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

Without an ESPN+ subscription, meanwhile, the list of things you get to play with is significantly shorter.

Those who are interested an subscribe to ESPN+ starting today for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year through ESPN.com or through the network's mobile app. ESPN+ includes on-demand access to the 30 for 30 library, as well as some classic sporting events.

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ESPN+ has been launched and will cost you $5 a month. As a loyal theScore user, I'm actually going to give this ESPN update a fair spin.

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". Pitaro made it pretty clear that he didn't expect customers to treat the new service as a standalone, and described it as "complementary and additive to what you've been getting". That means that if you're, say, a Yankees fan living in NY, you won't be able to watch your team on ESPN+ due to the blackouts. And then, there is a laundry list of many more sporting events which are not so popular amongst people, e.g. college sports featuring teams, Canadian Football League, minor league soccer from the United Kingdom, and the likes. ESPN+ says you'll still see the adverts in the regular breaks punctuating live sports content, for example. 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+.

The new streaming service is the first offering from the Disney-BAMTech deal, which was announced last August.

The Disney-owned ESPN knows this. For a limited time, you can try the service free for 30 days.

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