Launches; Disney's first paid streamer priced at $4.99 per month

  • Launches; Disney's first paid streamer priced at $4.99 per month

Launches; Disney's first paid streamer priced at $4.99 per month

ESPN+ is ESPN's new over-the-top subscription service, which provides access to "a selection of live games from MLB, MLS and National Hockey League throughout the regular season".

ESPN+ is designed for fanatics who want more sports programing, and for people who can not find their favorite teams or sports on TV, Disney executives said.

Variety reported last week that the streaming sports service would be launching today, and that has now been confirmed.

Live events will include more than 180 Major League Baseball and NHL games, along with thousands of college sports events. (So: No NFL, no NBA.) That sets it apart from other TV network streaming services, like those from HBO and Showtime, which essentially unlock all the same programming a traditional TV subscriber gets. What's New In This Version: ● Introducing ESPN+: Stream thousands of live sports events (including NHL, MLB, NHL, MLS, NCAA, golf, boxing, tennis, rugby and more), original shows or binge watch the entire 30 for 30 library. That same belief is at the heart of ESPN+ and the new ESPN App.

Created to supplement its flagship ESPN cable network, ESPN+ is Disney's first effort to attract paying streaming subscribers. You can save some cash by paying $49.99 for a 12 month subscription, and you are allowed to cancel anytime.

You can also watch ESPN+ on a number of different devices, including iPhone and iPad, Android phone and tablet, Amazon Fire TV and Tablet, Apple TV and Chromecast.

In light of what ESPN+ is offering, the next obvious question becomes, what was Disney's intent when they made a decision to launch the service? ESPN+ does include MLS Live, however, which is the Sunday Ticket of MLS. Those who have a cable or satellite account will get the full experience, though, since they'll be able to watch live and on-demand games intended for broadcast TV and shows such as SportsCenter.

A closer look at the schedule should make it clear whether ESPN+ is worth it for you.

Whether you pay for ESPN+ will ultimately boil down to how much time you have to watch everything it offers, and whether you're the kind of person who loves the stuff that's not already playing in prime time. And then, there is a laundry list of many more sporting events which are not so popular amongst people, e.g. college sports featuring teams, Canadian Football League, minor league soccer from the United Kingdom, and the likes.