"ESPN3 will still have thousands of live events and, while some content will shift to ESPN+, we will actively program live events across both platforms". The sports subsidiary of Disney has been looking for an app to lure fans away from other streaming platforms, and they hope that ESPN+ will do the trick.
The upcoming direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service is from Disney Direct-to-Consumer and global in partnership with ESPN and featuring ESPN branded content.
ESPN's direct-to-consumer streaming service ESPN+ is now set to debut on April 12th.
Here's what you need to know with regard to accessing ESPN+ once it is launched. Meant as an addition to pay TV service, not a replacement, ESPN+ comes with an impressive live sports lineup.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: College hoops fans will get hundreds of men's and women's games every season on ESPN+ from all across the college basketball landscape - from division one powerhouses to top mid-majors to the next tournament Cinderella and more. Soccer fans, meanwhile, will have exclusive access to full Major League Soccer out-of-market schedule, and Chicago-area subscribers will be able to view in-market Chicago Fire matches.
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- NHL - Beginning with the 2018-19 NHL season, subscribers to ESPN+ will get a daily NHL game throughout the NHL regular season (in keeping with the NHL schedule) - more than 180 hockey games.
ESPN+ will be integrated into the ESPN main app, which, according to a release will be "completely redesigned and reimagined". An NHL all-inclusive package will be offered as well. To put it simply: ESPN+ will not include ESPN.
A Disney branded service featuring content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel & Lucas Film is scheduled to launch next year. ESPN+ will give those that have cut the cord, access to a wide variety of different kinds of sports programming.
- PGA: 100 days of coverage (mostly Thursday and Fridays) from 31 PGA Tour Events including The Players Championship, AT&T Byron Nelson, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Arnold Palmer Invitational and more.
If that's not enough, fans will also get over 100 days of live golf from over 31 PGA Tour events, hundreds of Grand Slam Tennis matches, and hundreds of worldwide rugby and cricket matches.