The service, which was announced by Disney CEO Bob Iger during an earnings call in November of past year and detailed in a post on ESPN's website today, will run you just $5 a month.
Disney's ESPN has for several years now fended off suggestions that the longtime cash cow is losing its sway among sports viewers as subscribers drop off from the network. After months of speculation, the Worldwide Leader in Sports announced on Monday that ESPN+ is set to launch later this month. It's the most robust offering we've seen in a sports streaming package, well, ever.
ESPN did not say whether it plans to broadcast any National Basketball Association or NFL games on its new service.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: ESPN+ will include hundreds of college football games each season from across more than a dozen conferences in the FBS and FCS. The NHL and Major League Baseball game offerings for the standard ESPN+ package will be a daily game from each sport broadcast on ESPN+, totaling over 180 games of each. Additionally, ESPN+ will be the exclusive local-market home for the Chicago Fire, bringing 27 Fire matches to fans in Chicago. It will also include thousands of college sports events, boxing, PGA Tour, Grand Slam tennis and more.
The service will be priced at $4.99 per month. "They will get all of that as a part of a completely re-imagined, increasingly personalized ESPN App that provides easy, one-stop access to everything ESPN offers", said ESPN President James Pitaro in a statement.
However, it still doesn't get you ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, etc.
The introduction of ESPN+ comes as the network struggles with the cord-cutting movement and keeping up with the trends.
Outside of the subscription offers, the new ESPN app will include sports news, highlights and scores, the aforementioned linear ESPN TV networks to authenticated subscribers, and ESPN Audio.
ESPN+ will launch on April 12 and will be a subscription platform built in to the ESPN app. Come the 2018-19 NHL season, the entire NHL.TV out-of-market package will also be offered, though pricing for that has not been confirmed yet.