ESPN today said its new $4.99 a month streaming service will launch April 12, and it will offer hundreds of live MLB, NHL, MLS games as well as thousands of college events.
The service, called ESPN+, will be part of a redesigned ESPN app, and available via computers at ESPN.com.
“ESPN was built on a belief in innovation and the powerful connection between sports and a remarkable array of fans,” stated James Pitaro, ESPN’s president. “That same belief is at the heart of ESPN+ and the new ESPN App. With ESPN+, fans have access to thousands more live games, world class original programs and on-demand sports content, all at a great price. 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.”
ESPN+ will offer more than 180 Major League Baseball games during the regular season as well as more than 180 National Hockey League contests beginning with the 2018-2019 season.
The service will also provide access to more than 250 Major League Soccer matches at MLSsoccer.com and the MLS app.
ESPN said ‘thousands’ of live college sports events will be on the new service including football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, swimming and volleyball, among others.
ESPN+ will also stream PGA tournament coverage and hundreds of tennis matches from Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and Australian Open.
The service will also offer an add-on subscription to the MLB.TV package of out-of-market baseball games for $24.99 a month.
In addition to the $4.99 a month plan, ESPN+ subscribers can sign up for a full year for $49.99, which would be a $12 discount over paying monthly.
— Phillip Swann