ESPN’s New Streaming Service Will Costs $4.99 a Month

For over a year we have known that Disney was working on a streaming service for ESPN. The service will be caused ESPN+, and now we know the price.

“The third feature is a plus service, we’re calling it ESPN Plus, that will include an array of live programming that is not available — live sports, live sports events — not available on current channels,” Iger said in an exclusive interview on CNBC’s “Closing Bell.”

ESPN+ will have about 10,000 sporting events each year, will have content from the MLB, NHL, MLS, collegiate sports and tennis’ Grand Slam events. Daisy said last August it would launch its own ESPN video streaming service in early 2018. (That is as always subject to change.

“There are signs that young people are coming into multi-channel television. People that were once called or thought to be cord-nevers are starting to adopt less expensive over-the-top packages,” Iger said.

We still know very little about the service and exactly what content it will carry. Well we know some of the sports it will offer the question now is will these be spring practice games or full games for example.

For now, cord cutters will have to wait and see what ESPN and Disney do next.

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54 Responses to ESPN’s New Streaming Service Will Costs $4.99 a Month

  1. Malignar February 6, 2018 at 5:49 pm #

    I don’t understand how this will fly, if it does not have the content that is on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU. Ultra niche maybe. Get ready for some hawt frisbee golf and water polo action baby!

    • Me February 6, 2018 at 5:55 pm #

      exactly. People want ESPN, ESPN 2 etc without having to have cable. You’d think ESPN would like to make up some of those 20 million subs they lost.

    • Carl Collie February 6, 2018 at 8:39 pm #

      World Cup soccer qualifing, College basketball, MLS soccer, UEFA nation’s league, and other European soccer tournaments.

      • Me February 6, 2018 at 9:25 pm #

        The good college basketball teams will be broadcast elsewhere. World Cup? Oh you mean the thing the US is not going to be playing in? As far as the rest? blah.

        • Carl Collie February 7, 2018 at 8:24 am #

          There are lots of college basketball teams that do not get on the networks so it is nice to be able to watch my school, that is not one of your “good” teams. World Cup qualifying and the European Champions which also do not include the US, just because you don’t care doesn’t mean others don’t.

    • HerezAThought February 6, 2018 at 9:47 pm #

      The Ocho!

      • Joseph ewing February 7, 2018 at 7:42 am #

        “If it’s almost a sport, we’ll have it here…”

  2. Me February 6, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

    Won’t have any of the content currently on ESPN network so what’s the point? $5 a month for college lacrosse? Disney still doesn’t get it.

    • JGaLaXY February 7, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

      thats it you said it, THEY STILL DONT GET IT, ugh lol

  3. John February 6, 2018 at 5:54 pm #

    “There are signs that young people are coming into multi-channel television . . . ” Talk about being slow to the party 🙂

  4. paul February 6, 2018 at 5:55 pm #

    when will espn 3 , games baseball , softball football be avail? which plan?

    • Me February 6, 2018 at 7:41 pm #

      It’ll take maybe a decade before Disney gets it.

  5. Wambie February 6, 2018 at 5:59 pm #

    Sounds like what BTN offers on BTN+. A lot of wrestling and track and field.

  6. stumpy579 February 6, 2018 at 6:01 pm #

    They should just set a monthly price for access to the Watch Espn app for people without password access. I would probably switch to FUBO if I could pay an additional fee to access the ESPN app.

  7. Nathan John Ganiere February 6, 2018 at 6:32 pm #

    still too much for ESPN, and yeah I know us that subscribe to stuff like Sling, PS Vue, DTVN are actually paying more than $4.99 for it cause what they charge the providers to carry it…………

    • Me February 6, 2018 at 7:41 pm #

      it’s not even ESPN though,

  8. Fred Koot February 6, 2018 at 6:32 pm #

    So the question is will they block content on Watch ESPN only that you get with cable sign in and force you to pay extra for it.

    • Me February 6, 2018 at 7:40 pm #

      Answered long ago. They already stated that none of the content on their cable networks will be on this. This is for people that want to pay $5 a month for NCAA women’s golf, men’s water polo and the US dart championship.

      • Fred Koot February 6, 2018 at 7:46 pm #

        Not talking about what’s on cable. There is a ton of content that only airs on Watch ESPN. That could be forced to pay extra.

        • Me February 6, 2018 at 8:01 pm #

          TON doesn’t mean quality. If it’s not on ESPN or ESPN 2 there is probably a reason. I guess if one is into India Cricket League or New Zealand Rugby but whatever.

          • Carl Collie February 6, 2018 at 8:35 pm #

            Or European soccer, world cup qualifing, college sports, so yeah nothing worth watching, so I guess you are that guy.

          • Me February 6, 2018 at 9:28 pm #

            You’re right not anything worth $5 a month.

          • Carl Collie February 7, 2018 at 8:26 am #

            To you maybe

          • Fred Koot February 6, 2018 at 8:38 pm #

            Watch espn has early rounds of Tennis majors, cbb, cfb. Nba on Abc, college baseball, that don’t air on the tv channels.

      • Rocksleeper February 7, 2018 at 10:12 am #

        Or people that went to college and became fans of their college sports teams… And want a way to watch them

    • Wambie February 6, 2018 at 8:32 pm #

      Probably. All those FCS and D2 football games are most likely long gone.

    • ChanceDM February 7, 2018 at 8:58 am #

      That’s what I’m wondering as well. Stinks if you have to pay for what you used to get for free.

    • mnsportsgeek February 7, 2018 at 4:35 pm #

      We don’t know yet if ESPN3 is going to remain a thing or if it will be absorbed by ESPN+

  9. John Burgess February 6, 2018 at 7:49 pm #

    not really interested in their political…uh, i mean their “sports” platform…but each to their own…

    • Me February 6, 2018 at 7:59 pm #

      sigh. you had to be “that guy” BLOCKED!

    • Fred Koot February 6, 2018 at 8:47 pm #

      Not really interested in what you think. Go post on Fox news.

      • John Burgess February 7, 2018 at 7:40 am #

        See, now you get it….plenty of “news” organizations out there for political opinions. I do not need to pay a fee to hear from a “sports” organization. That is not what needs to be paid for.

        So I go to fox and you can go to the Clinton News Network and we can get sports from a sports organization that promotes sports….novel idea.

    • Kevin S February 7, 2018 at 10:15 am #

      I’m guessing you’re ok with politics you agree with in your sports. Probably religion as well

      • John Burgess February 7, 2018 at 11:22 am #

        you must have been trying to reply to someone one else, as I am saying the exact opposite. I prefer sports on a sports channel and politics on political channels. Not very religious though. But, if I was…there are channels for that, too.

        See, people who agree with what they say…have no problem with it. But, if let’s say Tim Tebow, was on the ESPN crew spouting on and on about his personal views, these same people would be complain that sports such be just sports.

  10. Edward B February 6, 2018 at 8:50 pm #

    I remember acouple of years ago when MLS got their new tv contract and all the games that weren’t on National TV were supposed to be on ESPN 3(Watch ESPN) for free but that never happened. First of all they said they didn’t have enough time too do it(that was 2 yrs ago) and last year still no games on ESPN 3(non-National TV) and they still had their pay-tv service via Direct TV(MLS Direct Kick).

  11. Marc H February 6, 2018 at 9:31 pm #

    There’s always a carrot.

    • Me February 6, 2018 at 9:32 pm #

      what the carrot? I’m not getting the analogy.

      • John Brewton February 7, 2018 at 7:32 am #

        A carrot is something that is dangled in front of you to do something you may not have done without the carrot. If you want a mule to pull a plow you would tie a stick to its back with a carrot at the end. The mule would try to get the carrot, but the carrot moved when the mule did.

        • Me February 7, 2018 at 7:43 am #

          And what does that have to do with this article?

          • John Brewton February 7, 2018 at 7:55 am #

            I think Marc H may have been referring to ESPN 3 being free. That was the carrot for maybe having games not televised.

  12. Me February 6, 2018 at 9:32 pm #

    How can you screw this up? Offer all the regular ESPN channels for $10 a month. The same what you get from pay TV. Will this tick off cable companies? Hell no. They would LOVE to be able to offer packages that do not include ESPN. win-win

  13. bayportbob February 6, 2018 at 9:43 pm #

    this has some additional detail,…..

  14. Benjamin Gunter February 6, 2018 at 9:48 pm #

    How is this different from ESPN 3?

    • Me February 6, 2018 at 10:03 pm #

      It’s not. It’ re-branded ESPN 3 that is no longer free.

  15. Mel February 7, 2018 at 7:09 am #

    I thought if you have FIRETV you can get ESPN. I’ll check when I get home this afternoon, but so far we can get pretty much everything with a FIRETV device.

    • GersonT1000 February 7, 2018 at 8:56 am #

      I have a feeling you are talking about using Kodi to get ESPN and other channels for free (illegally). Legally, you can download the Watch ESPN app and use your cable login to watch the ESPN channels that are included in your package. This is available on all the big platforms (Android, iOS, Roku, Playstation, FireOS, AndroidTV, etc.). If you don’t have ESPN included in your cable or streaming TV service, you can’t access it.

  16. NCAviator February 7, 2018 at 9:22 am #

    ESPN could own the sports on streaming. Their multiple screen APP on AppleTV is fantastic. If I were in charge; I would use this ESPN + to start streaming 4K live sports. I would have the multiple screen on the Plus side only. I would license it to cable companies for the same price as not. Let the sports consumer decided how they want to get it. ESPN should figure out their deals with cables and then differentiate themselves from Fox Sports and other Sports channels.

  17. Edward B February 7, 2018 at 9:26 am #

    Last week during the Wednesday Night Q & A I asked about ESPN Plus and Luke then said that ESPN 3 (Watch ESPN) would still be around but it’s sounding more and more that it will be part of ESPN +.
    One question is what happens to all the ESPN Networks replay’s if its been said that ESPN + won’t be showing ESPN Networks programming?

  18. Steve Hansen February 7, 2018 at 9:54 am #

    Don’t know what content they’ll have? Just look at the crap they “offer” now. Except this will be the crappier crap. Not worth a plug nickel.

  19. Jdmac29 February 7, 2018 at 12:21 pm #

    The only way this is worth it is if I can get my local nba, mlb, and college teams to watch. ESPN blacks out most of the mlb games. What I hope does not happen is they remove espn 3 from my sling subscription.

  20. Robert Anthony Hartzell February 7, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

    This is why I think the new Disney streaming service will be a letdown too. Most of it will be new content, and not some huge collection of their old, like some are hoping for.

  21. JerYnkFan February 7, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

    Have zero interest in this without other ESPN channels

  22. Behinder February 8, 2018 at 5:07 pm #

    This won’t work if Comcast aquire Fox with its 22 sport regional networks

  23. beentheredonethat2 February 10, 2018 at 5:03 pm #

    Another $4.99 a month I’ll save…..