ESPN+ debuts on April 12

Discussion in 'MLS: News & Analysis' started by newtex, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. newtex

    newtex Member+

    May 25, 2005
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    https://espnmediazone.com/us/press-...and-on-demand-library-all-for-4-99-per-month/

     
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  2. newtex

    newtex Member+

    May 25, 2005
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    I did not notice originally that they will have a 12 month subscription option for a slightly reduced price, $50 instead of the monthly rate that will wind up being $60. Although if you are only interested in MLS, a March-October monthly subscription would just be $40.

    "In addition to the hundreds of NHL and MLB games included in the ESPN+ subscription ($4.99/month, or $49.99/year),... "
     
  3. superdave

    superdave Member+

    Jul 14, 1999
    VB, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Will we get the ~20 minute highlight packages? I loved loved loved those once the league expanded to the point where it became impractical for me to watch many matches.
     
  4. newtex

    newtex Member+

    May 25, 2005
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    I don't think anyone knows how the content will be organized. Well, ESPN probably knows but they haven't said anything about it yet.
     
  5. AeroNaught

    AeroNaught Member

    Atlanta United
    Feb 14, 2007
    Birmingham, AL
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    RIP free streams through the MLS app; although it was glitchy (at least on my phone), it was awesome just firing up a game via the app and casting it to my TV without any strings attached.

    I may subscribe, depending on how much content is on there. I wonder if they'll give a discount or any kind of incentive for people already with a cable/satellite subscription?
     
  6. nick p

    nick p Member+

    Jul 11, 2009
    Baltimore Maryland
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Will the new ESPN+service include the old condensed game feature?
     
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  7. Just Offside

    Just Offside Member

    May 22, 2015
    I hope the stream quality is good. I hope there's a way to hide scores. I hope it has condensed games, even if just of the newer 10 minute variety. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.
     
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  8. Darkwing McQuack

    Darkwing McQuack BigSoccer Supporter

    Nov 11, 2011
    Morrisville, PA
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I hope ESPN has upped their streaming game because their video quality was horrendous in the past.
     
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  9. Mr.Bill

    Mr.Bill Member

    Nov 29, 2006
    Fargo
    ESPN3 video was sketchy but the main two I think have been decent on my slingtv.
     
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  10. Macsen

    Macsen Moderator
    Staff Member

    Nov 5, 2007
    Orlando
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  11. Paul Berry

    Paul Berry Member+

    Notts County and NYCFC
    England
    Apr 18, 2015
    Nr Kingston NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    That's half the price of Direct Kick, about the price of NBC EPL Gold.
     
  12. jayd8888

    jayd8888 Member+

    Aug 22, 2006
    Denver CO
    I will pay for this service as soon as Columbus is safe.
     
  13. mjlee22

    mjlee22 Quake & Landon fan

    Nov 24, 2003
    near Palo Alto, CA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I am not buying any more MLS products/services beyond my STH contract until MLS drops Precourt.
     
  14. JasonMa

    JasonMa Member+

    Mar 20, 2000
    Arvada, CO
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I get, and approve, of the sentiment, but I wonder if it means anything. I don't think MLS gets any money out of these subscriptions, they got their money when they agreed to sell the rights to ESPN in the last TV contract. Even if no MLS fans sign up will ESPN even notice and associate it with the Crew?

    Seems like there are more efficient ways to stick it to MLS over the Columbus situation, through a lack of ticket and merchandise purchases.
     
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  15. Goodsport

    Goodsport Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 18, 1999
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't blame you as I didn't even bother to order the MLS Direct Kick package in 2006 and 2007, and then resumed ordering it in 2008.


    -G
     
  16. crew2112

    crew2112 Member+

    Jan 25, 2008
    Dayton, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Why can’t the MLS app simply jump you to the ESPN+ app to watch the game. Keep the highlights, box score etc as is but when you “watch” a game it just jumps you to a different app. Not that hard.
    I never understood why MLS app couldn’t do that for usoc, preseason etc. it’s just hot links. Extremely easy for them to pull off.
     
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  17. jayd8888

    jayd8888 Member+

    Aug 22, 2006
    Denver CO
    You are correct it is a small measure. The best I can do to get my moneys worth is to whine about it in a public forum.
     
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  18. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    See? Boycotts do work.
     
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  19. newtex

    newtex Member+

    May 25, 2005
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    ESPN wants to drive traffic to ESPN+ via their own app. While you are there you might watch other ESPN programming or at least be more aware of it. If you could watch the games without going through the ESPN app ESPN would not be getting everything they are paying for when they bought the digital rights to MLS.
     
  20. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    ESPN3 lets you open any game without seeing the score. You can watch games live or afterward. If the game is live, it will open to where the game is, with the score on the screen unless it is during a commercial or replay. After you open it, you can go to the beginning. I'm assuming the same will be true for ESPN+.
     
  21. pdid10

    pdid10 Member+

    Aug 8, 2008
    Boulder
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    I would pay double or even triple to bypass the no blackout rule.
     
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  22. Paul Berry

    Paul Berry Member+

    Notts County and NYCFC
    England
    Apr 18, 2015
    Nr Kingston NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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  23. m_vandersee

    m_vandersee Member

    Aug 2, 2013
    Illinois
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    USL, EFL, and UEFA Nations League confirmed for ESPN+

    Link to USL announcement https://www.uslsoccer.com/news_article/show/904986
     
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  24. TheRealBilbo

    TheRealBilbo Member+

    Apr 5, 2016
    Any word on how many concurrent streams?

    This is one of those services where I would like to have family log ins like Spotify or Netflix.
     
  25. m_vandersee

    m_vandersee Member

    Aug 2, 2013
    Illinois
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I haven't seen a definite answer on this, but since it is going to be run through the ESPN app I assume that will mean it can be streamed on as many devices as you'd like similar to how you can use WatchESPN currently. I know I've used it on at least 4 devices at once
     

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