ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com are now available to Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV subscribers via the new 'WatchESPN' App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, now available on the App Store.
We've downloaded the app and tried it and must say this is absolutely amazing for a sports network to be doing this. Finally, a television network that gets it and is allowing us to view our paid programming anywhere we want.
Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV subscribers who receive the linear networks as part of their video subscription can now watch the channels from the convenience of their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
This app gives 24/7 access to live streaming feeds from all of the ESPN networks.
The WatchESPN app features live streaming access to:
- NBA Regular Season and Playoffs
- Major League Baseball
- The Masters, US Open and The Open Championships
- College Football and Basketball
- Barclay's Premier League, Spanish Primera Division and Euro 2012 Soccer
- All 4 Grand Slam tennis events.
You also can watch all of ESPN's network shows like SportsCenter, PTI, Mike & Mike, SportsNation, Basebal Tonight, and every other ESPN original show.
“Innovation continues to drive ESPN,” said George Bodenheimer, president, ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports. “When we launched in 1979, nobody envisioned a day when people would carry ESPN in their pockets. But here we are. And we’ve reached this watershed moment for the industry through tremendous collaboration with forward-thinking partners.”
The free WatchESPN App includes a simple user interface that takes the current online viewing experience to the high-resolution, Multi-Touch displays of iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Once a user downloads WatchESPN from the App Store, they will receive instructions to enter their cable subscriber credentials and access their favorite ESPN content on their device. A version of the application optimized for the Apple iPad will be available free to download in May.
Added Sean Bratches, executive vice president, sales and marketing for ESPN, "This represents the culmination of our efforts over the last five years. We strive to serve the sports fan wherever they consume sports, and I can’t think of a better way to do that than making our networks available to fans whenever and wherever they might be.”
The company first launched an online-accessible authenticated version of ESPN in October, 2010. Authenticated versions of ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Buzzer Beater/Goal Line launched in January, 2011. Consumers can access the channels through a centralized website, ESPNnetworks.com.
The WatchESPN App is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore.