ESPN To Launch Standalone Streaming Service On April 12

Disney Sets ESPN+ Launch Date

Disney announced Monday that ESPN+, the network's direct-to-consumer streaming service, is launching on April 12th - priced at $4.99 per month - and sources have confirmed it will be available on Apple TV.

The idea behind the app is simple: To connect fans with more live sports and ESPN content, but with a subscription model that's not connected to a normal cable subscription.

While you may not be a sports fan, Disney Media Networks' plans for ESPN+ may have bigger implications for you down the line. "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.

The technologiocal infrastructure for ESPN+, which will live within a redesigned version of the ESPN app, will be provided by BAMTech Media, which Disney acquired for $1.6 billion last August. Before launch, fans can access free MLS out-of-market games streaming live on live on MLSsoccer.com and the MLS App. More games are expected to be added as the service matures, though streaming rights are more hotly contested than ever, as the NFL's recent experiences have shown.

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He was seen in another directly addressing members of Red Velvet, which commands more than 4.6 million followers on Instagram. This year's drills feature fewer strategic weapons such as a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, Seoul's military has said.

At launch, ESPN+ will offer a live Major League Baseball game every day during the regular season, amounting to more than 180 games.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: ESPN+ will include hundreds of college football games each season from across more than a dozen conferences in the FBS and FCS. And don't expect to see the next North Carolina-Duke college basketball match-up on ESPN+ when it can deliver big ratings on one of the main ESPN channels.

And, as baseball's Minnesota Twins get ready to kick off their (probably snowy and cold) season opener, a new way to keep up with all of your favorite sports happenings, both here in Minnesota and across all leagues in the country, gets ready to launch as well. That'll kick off with the 2018-19 National Hockey League season, with a daily game throughout. An NHL all-inclusive package will be offered as well. Coverage will include Thursday, Friday and some Saturday and Sunday play during the events. ESPN also promises PGA golf coverage, Grand Slam tennis matches and global sports like rugby and cricket will be part of its monthly streaming package.

- Rugby and Cricket: Rugby matches from Sanzaar and Major League Rugby as well as cricket matches in New Zealand and Ireland.

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