Iger's and Disney's hope here is that ESPN+, with its relatively cheap price tag, will be a solid supplement to the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime and HBO that offer TV shows and movies, but not much sports content. The new ESPN App and ESPN+ showcase the culture of breakthrough innovation at ESPN and across The Walt Disney Company.
While the company did not officially confirm in a press statement what platforms the previously-announced service will support, BESTAppleTV.com has learned it will be available through the existing ESPN app on Apple TV with an update to be released sometime on launch day. The monthly subscription fee will be $4.99.
The long-awaited ESPN+ over-the-top service will finally launch on April 12. As I mentioned earlier this year, ESPN+ will essentially carry filler content that didn't make the cut on the main ESPN channels.
College Sports - ESPN+ will offer baseball, basketball, football, gymnastics, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming volleyball, wrestling and more. Subscribers will be able to watch live events from sports like MLB, NHL, MLS, boxing, golf, tennis, rugby, cricket and several college teams.
ESPN+ will offer one Major League Baseball game and one NHL game per day throughout the regular seasons for each sport. MLS, too, will have exclusive content, with more than 250 games through the MLS Live out-of-market schedule.
However, it still doesn't get you ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, etc.
This new sports streaming app would be dubbed ESPN Plus and would provide a slew of streaming options for sports fans.
Users can add on MLB.TV through the service for an additional $24.99 per month.
It's a move that cable networks like CBS, ABC, NBC, The CW and HBO have already made and others - like Disney-owned ESPN have announced but not yet launched. And beginning with the 2018-19 National Hockey League season, ESPN+ will air more than 180 games, also a game per day throughoutthe season. Come the 2018-19 NHL season, the entire NHL.TV out-of-market package will also be offered, though pricing for that has not been confirmed yet.
ESPN+ will launch on April 12 and will be a subscription platform built in to the ESPN app.