ESPN’s standalone sports streaming service launches April 12th for $4.99/mo

ESPN has announced that they will be launching their standalone sports streaming service, called ESPN+, later this month on April 12th. For $4.99 per month and without needing a traditional cable subscription, customers will have access to live coverage of MLB, NHL, MLS, colleges sports, boxing, PGA golf, tennis and more.

It’s unclear at this point if the service will be available on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices. On mobile devices, ESPN will be offering the ESPN+ content through their existing ESPN app, instead of releasing a separate dedicated app for the new service. Fire TV devices currently have access to a WatchESPN app, however it is unlikely the new ESPN+ service will be accessible through that app.

We’ll have to wait and see, come April 12th, if ESPN releases new dedicated ESPN+ apps for streaming boxes or not.

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11 comments
  1. Jim Carter says:

    MLB is the only sport I follow, so this will be a blessing if it’s available on Fire TV. I still have a Roku that I never use, so I’ll subscribe even if it’s Roku only.

  2. Pawdog says:

    Why is it unlikely that the TV version of Watch ESPN won’t have the new service?

    • AFTVnews says:

      Because the WatchESPN app on mobile will not have the service. Only the ESPN app.

      I think it’ll be too confusing if you have to use different apps based on which device you’re on. If a new ESPN app is not released for Fire TV on April 12th, I think it’s more likely that they’ll make it a mobile-only service at launch and then slowly release new dedicated ESPN apps for various TV devices.

      You’ll be able to stream the new service through ESPN’s website, so if there’s no Fire TV app at launch, you might be able to use the Silk Browser or Firefox in the meantime.

  3. Jason says:

    Hopefully it streams better than WatchESPN. That service buffers constantly and is practically unwatchable at times. I would definitely subscribe if it includes all their channels (SEC Network) and the stream quality is good.

  4. Spotmark says:

    I don’t see any mention of NFL. The only reason I would use this would be for Monday nights during football season.

  5. Ryan says:

    “you don’t get access to the main ESPN cable channel, or in fact any cable channel at all.”

    “Instead, what you get is the right to stream, through the ESPN app, an inconsistent piecemeal mix of some games from a bunch of different sports, subject to regional blackouts.”

    https://nypost.com/2018/04/03/espn-is-actually-espn-minus-the-main-channel-and-all-of-your-local-games/

    There’s going to be a lot of people who continue to be disappointed by ESPN.

  6. John Kilvert says:

    I hope it is available on the firestick

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