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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