Over the Top Service Launching April 12th

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The ESPN+ streaming service with access to live sports and original programming will cost $4.99 per month.

It will feature live sports, original content and a library of on-demand programming.

In addition to the major domestic pro sports leagues in the U.S., ESPN+ will air thousands of college sporting events (primarily from smaller conferences), PGA Tour golf, hundreds of matches from three of the Grand Slam tennis tournament (all except the French Open) and scores of worldwide sports such as rugby and cricket.

"ESPN was built on a belief in innovation and the powerful connection between sports and a remarkable array of fans".

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On Tuesday, ESPN announced that as part of its "re-imagined app" it will be launching a subscription-based streaming service called ESPN+.

The technologiocal infrastructure for ESPN+, which will live within a redesigned version of the ESPN app, will be provided by BAMTech Media, which Disney acquired for $1.6 billion last August.

The first ESPN+ fight card will be the April 21 Amir Khan vs. Phil Lo Greco event in Liverpool, England.

If you want to survive in the post-cable world, you're going to need a standalone streaming app - one that doesn't require you to sign into your non-existent cable provider to watch content. More games are expected to be added as the service matures, though streaming rights are more hotly contested than ever, as the NFL's recent experiences have shown.

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In a news release ESPN boasts about an Major League Baseball game every day during the season, and the same for the NHL season, you'll notice there's no deal for the NFL and the National Basketball Association games. The service will ensure that there will "more games than ever before", according to the news release.

Many of those leagues have their own streaming services or channels and clearly couldn't work out deals with ESPN. An NHL all-inclusive package will be offered as well. A Disney subscription movie service - featuring Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm movies along with exclusive content - will be launched in late 2019.

NHL - MORE THAN 180 GAMES; GAME OF THE DAY THROUGHOUT REGULAR SEASON: Beginning with the 2018-19 NHL season, subscribers will get a daily game throughout the regular season (in keeping with the league schedule); blackouts apply. If the game isn't on cable, then it will have to be streamed on ESPN+.

The network opted to name the service "ESPN+" which is read as "ESPN plus". This coverage will include broadcasts of Thursday, Friday, and "some" Saturday/Sunday events.

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ESPN+ will offer ESPN-branded content and hundreds of games from MLB, NHL, MLS, colleges, Top Rank Boxing, the PGA tour, Grand Slam Tennis and other sources. Finally, there'll be global rugby and cricket.

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