Amazon now offers discounted ESPN+ subscriptions bundled with Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks

Amazon is now offering ESPN+ subscriptions bundled with either a Fire TV or a Fire TV Stick. The Fire TV Bundle costs $74.98 and the Fire TV Stick Bundle costs $44.98. Both include 2 months of ESPN’s new stand-alone subscription service, called ESPN+. Since ESPN+ normally costs $4.99 per month, these bundles essentially give you your first 2 months for the price of 1. It’s not much of a discount, but its better than the 7-day free trial that ESPN+ currently offers to new subscribers. This bundle is similar to the MLB subscription bundle that was offered last month. The ESPN+ bundle will be available through July 8th.

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ESPN app on Amazon Fire TV adds support for deep Alexa commands

The ESPN app for Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions has been updated with new Alexa capabilities that let you jump directly to specific content with a single voice command. First spotted by Reddit users and covered by CordCuttersNews, the ESP app update notes say: “Now with Alexa Support. ESPN allows you to tune to your favorite sporting event or show by using Alexa. By just asking Alexa to ‘tune’ to your game or network, the ESPN app will start playback and allow you to fast forward, rewind, or even start your event over all with a single command.Read more ›

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WatchESPN becomes “ESPN for Fire TV” and streams new ESPN+ service for $4.99 per month

In conjunction with today’s launch of ESPN+, the new $4.99 per month standalone streaming service, ESPN has rebranded their WatchESPN app in the Fire TV appstore to ESPN for Fire TV. The newly redesigned app provides Fire TV owners access to live sports events including MLB, NHL, MLS, NCAA, golf, boxing, tennis, rugby, and more. It also includes access to original shows, highlights, and analysis. The ESPN app continues to accept activation from traditional television providers, just as the old app did, but now sports fans have the option to pay monthly for direct access.

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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. Read more ›

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Verizon FiOS adopts ‘add-on package’ TV model — Upsets ESPN in the process

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Sling TV seems to be causing waves in the traditional TV space because Verizon FiOS announced that it will be offering its FiOS TV customers greater choice by now allowing them to select from seven different $10 channel packages which can be added to a base channel lineup. Sound familiar? For a bundle price of $65 per month, customers get 35 base channels, their choice of two add-on channel packs, and internet service. The service was set to go live tomorrow, April 19th, but not if ESPN has anything to say about it. The cable sports network says Verizon’s new channel structure violates their existing contract with Verizon. With this new add-on based lineup, ESPN’s channels are relegated to a separate sports package. It appears ESPN’s contract with Verizon mandates that their channels must be included with FiOS’s base TV lineup. Read more ›

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