Broadcasting giant, ESPN, have announced that their new subscription service ESPN Plus will launch on April 12th, offering members live sport and original content. The subscription service costs $4.99 p/m and will be an integrated part of a redesigned ESPN app, whilst also being made available through ESPN.com.
ESPN Plus’s live sports line up will include MLB, NHL, MLS, college sports, boxing, PGA Tour golf and Grand Slam tennis tournaments. The launch of ESPN Plus comes as part of ESPN’s shift into the OTT sports sector – which was sparked by The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of live streaming specialists BAMTech, who will be powering ESPN Plus.
This announcement comes just a week after Bleacher Report launched B/R Live, the subscription-free live streaming service. Sports fans will be able to watch live events on a pay-per-game basis, as Bleacher Report believe that watching live sport should be easy.
B/R Live will begin by featuring live content from The Spring League, the World Armwrestling League and more, before eventually including much more, like UEFA Champions League, NBA, NCAA and PGA coverage.