ESPN Launches $5 Streaming Service, Without Their TV Channels

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The new subscription service will cost $4.99 and offer MLB, NHL and numerous other sports that don't normally appear on ESPN, according to an ESPN press release.

ESPN launched a new streaming service Thursday, but what exactly is ESPN+, and is it worth signing up for?

The service is offered as an add-on inside a newly designed ESPN mobile app or through ESPN.com. However, if you're a traditional ESPN subscriber, you can log in with your pay TV credentials and get access to live and on-demand content. Subscribe before April 18th and the free trial is expanded to 30 days. Instead, he suggested that it's created to appeal to a variety of sports fans, including "core ESPN fans" who are "hungry for even more sports", as well as those who follow sports like cricket, rugby and soccer, which have been "historically underserved".

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".

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Disney shares are down more than 5% since the company provided pricing information and other details on ESPN+ in early February. The roster will include MLB, NHL, and MLS games, in addition to Grand Slam tennis, PGA Tour golf, and Top Rank boxing. If you're a cord cutter, is ESPN+ providing you what you want?

As TechCrunch reported, ESPN's new service came with a redesigned app, which will put an emphasis on personalization. Adding the 30 for 30 archive is definitely one way of helping to prop up the variety bag of live events, and eliminating ads all over ESPN as part of your subscription is nice, too. Detail, meanwhile, is a show created, written and hosted by NBA legend and Oscar victor (Dear Basketball) Kobe Bryant that'll air exclusively on ESPN+. But ESPN head Jimmy Pitaro told the outlet that he is "actively engaged" in conversations about competitive video gaming, and is "going to continue to expand our investment in eSports and that includes within both the ESPN app and ESPN+".

"The company doesn't think ESPN+ will put a real dent in ESPN's ongoing subscriber losses", wrote Recode reporter Peter Kafka. It will also house a library of on-demand and original content, such as ESPN's "30 for 30" series.

"We spent a good deal of time on personalization - getting the right content to the right consumer at the right time", he said.

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