ESPN+ debuts on April 12

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

  1. JasonMa

    JasonMa Member+

    Mar 20, 2000
    Arvada, CO
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yesterday ESPN+ announced the addition of the Danish, Swedish, and Indian leagues and the Italian cup competitions.
     
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  2. onefineesq

    onefineesq Member+

    Sep 16, 2003
    Laurel, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This is freaking awesome!
     
  3. TheRealBilbo

    TheRealBilbo Member+

    Apr 5, 2016
    DirecTV Now allows 2 concurrent streams. A third one can be purchased for $5 per month. My daughter occasionally uses one of my streams to watch shows while at grad school. I think Playstation Vue uses a similar system, but the limit is higher... Maybe 3 or 4 concurrent streams.

    But, I can access the streams from a number of devices... Three apple TVs, an iPhone, web browser, etc. Just not more than 2 at any given time.
     
  4. NashSC

    NashSC Member+

    Nashville SC
    United States
    Jan 3, 2018
    Sling offers 1 stream on one package and 3 streams on the other package.
    Netflix also has multiple stream options. The one I am on allows 2 streams and I believe they have a 4 stream option.

    All the streaming services I know of are offering more than one stream.
     
  5. Kejsare

    Kejsare Member+

    Mar 10, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Club:
    Portland Timbers
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Verkligen! Fantastisk nyheter. Heja Sverige!
     
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  6. TheRealBilbo

    TheRealBilbo Member+

    Apr 5, 2016
    I think the other important point is that you can use multiple devices, just not simultaneously. I watch at home on the big screen using the apple tv, or out and about with the phone. Of course, the latter requires one of these...

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    Just don't leave it at B-dubs, even if they take good care of it for you.
     
  7. cthomer5000

    cthomer5000 Member+

    Apr 23, 2007
    Raleigh NC
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    K.C fans can finally get the Sunil Chetri action they’ve been craving!
     
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  8. Ismitje

    Ismitje Super Moderator

    Dec 30, 2000
    The Palouse
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I unsubscribed from 1 October. I watch all the sports I want already with my satellite tv subscription, and even $5 was more than I wanted to spend to not watch another system.
     
  9. Paul Berry

    Paul Berry Member+

    Notts County and NYCFC
    England
    Apr 18, 2015
    Nr Kingston NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Me gusta ESPN+.
    Me gusta FUBO.tv tambien pero no hay S.A.P.

    The worst thing about ESPN+ is that as a cord-cutter I have to pay for Sling to get it but I don't need Sling as everything on FUBO.
     
  10. NashSC

    NashSC Member+

    Nashville SC
    United States
    Jan 3, 2018
    You don't have to pay for any other service to get ESPN+. It is a direct to consumer service. You do have to pay for another service to get access to ESPN, ESPN2 and their other channels but not ESPN+.
     
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  11. Paul Berry

    Paul Berry Member+

    Notts County and NYCFC
    England
    Apr 18, 2015
    Nr Kingston NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Can you get ESPN games on ESPN??
     
  12. ElJefe

    ElJefe Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 16, 1999
    Colorful Colorado
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I’m assuming that you’re asking if you can get ESPN games on ESPN+. The answer is no. It’s an add-on package, not a replacement.
     
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  13. Sal Paradise

    Sal Paradise BigSoccer Supporter

    Jan 14, 2009
    Club:
    Jaguares de Chiapas FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Watch your credit card bill. After I unsubscibed on their site, they still kept charging me for a couple months.
     
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  14. TheRealBilbo

    TheRealBilbo Member+

    Apr 5, 2016
    I'd answer slightly differently... You can watch ESPN games using the ESPN app, but you will need to sign in to your TV provider. If you don't have ESPN in your TV package, you can't watch the game.

    I think anything on ESPN channel included in a TV package like SEC Network, Longhorn Network, ESPNU, ESPN News, etc. require a TV package that include the network to be able to watch.

    But, yes, ESPN+ is an over the top package that provides content not available on the other ESPN networks.

    Five or so years ago, the big issue for TV providers was getting authentication included in carriage agreements to allow customers to access content on things like phones and tablets. Now, you can watch content anywhere from most channels on these devices. I've had my phone showing a soccer game at a sports bar while there with friends watching college football. Every tv in the place was showing college football and there wasn't a TV available for the USL or MLS game I was interested in following.
     
  15. NashSC

    NashSC Member+

    Nashville SC
    United States
    Jan 3, 2018
    Others have answered but you seen confused. ESPN+ is a separate subscription and requires no other service to get. ESPN+ content is completely different than content on ESPN cable channels. Streaming any content that is broadcast ESPN cables channels (ESPN, ESPN2, sec network, etc) requires logging in to the ESPN app via your TV provider account and you must have access to those channels as part of your TV package.
    You use the same ESPN app to access both ESPN+ and ESPN cable channels streaming. This is where the confusion comes in. You can authenticate to that app with both your ESPN account (ESPN+) and your TV provider.
     
  16. marks7mb

    marks7mb Member

    Jan 29, 2006
    Club:
    DC United
    But ESPN+ is an additional charge separate from ESPN ap.
     
  17. NashSC

    NashSC Member+

    Nashville SC
    United States
    Jan 3, 2018
    You can buy ESPN+ through the ESPN app. There is no cost to just use the ESPN app
     
  18. Paul Berry

    Paul Berry Member+

    Notts County and NYCFC
    England
    Apr 18, 2015
    Nr Kingston NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm watching a game on Roku, one on my Android and one on my PC. Does that mean I'm paying too much money?
     
  19. TheJoeGreene

    TheJoeGreene Member+

    Aug 19, 2012
    The Lubbock Texas
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    No you don't. It's a completely separate package.
     
  20. LordRobin

    LordRobin Member+

    Sep 1, 2006
    Akron, OH
    Club:
    Cleveland C. S.
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I understand that Spectrum is doing the same thing. They have a streaming version of their television service that was introduced years ago (back when they were Time Warner) for their cable subscribers, so if you got your internet from them as well, you could watch TV anywhere in your house via your phone/tablet/computer. Now I've heard they are selling access to the streaming app as an add-on for internet-only customers.

    As for ESPN+, I'm mildly disappointed (albeit not surprised) by the MLS viewing experience. I really miss the features of the old MLS Live player, and I really really miss 20-minute condensed games. I tried the 10-minute versions on the MLS app, but they're just too rushed.

    That being said, I like the service. It costs less than MLS Live did and you get so much stuff. I've been watching rugby and Canadian Football cuz, y'know, why not?

    ------RM
     
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  21. Sachsen

    Sachsen Member+

    Aug 8, 2003
    Broken Arrow, Okla.
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Does anyone know if any of the playoffs are going to be on ESPN+, or are they all going to be national broadcasts?
     
  22. newtex

    newtex Member+

    May 25, 2005
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    It depends on how you read the schedule. The MLS release says that all four knockout round games will be on UniMas but two of them will also be on ESPN2 and FS1in English. Maybe the other two will be on ESPN+ in English. But I wouldn't count on it. All of the other rounds will be on broadcast TV.

    https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2018...december-8-live-fox-unim-s-tsn-and-tva-sports

     
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  23. ThreeApples

    ThreeApples Member+

    Jul 28, 1999
    Smurf Village
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Only the final will be on broadcast TV, but the rest will be on cable (ESPN/FS1).
     
  24. newtex

    newtex Member+

    May 25, 2005
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Sorry. I should have specified.

    The UniMas games are broadcast over the air in some cities but only available via cable/streaming in others. The ESPN/ESPN2/ESPN Deportes/FS1/FOX Deportes games are primarily available via cable/satellite transmissions but also streaming in most cases.

    The Final is on broadcast FOX which many/most people view via cable or satellite and can also be streamed AND on UniMas over the air or on cable or streamed.

    Your mileage may vary in Canada.
     
  25. SetPeace

    SetPeace Member+

    Jun 22, 2004
    SC Illinois
    Club:
    Torquay United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I unsubscribed yesterday. The games became unwatchable after my computer froze up on a frequent basis. Sunday it was RSL at Portland after 9 minutes. I chalked that up to the system not being able to handle all the traffic on the site since it was one of the most compelling games going on in the Western Conference.

    On Monday, it froze up after 35 minutes of watching Sassuolo at Sampdoria. I assumed only an infinitesimal fraction of people would have been interested in that contest compared to the Salt Lake-Timbers affair. On both days, it was impossible to refresh the page or get out of what I was watching and switch to another game.

    I got a confirmation e-mail that I had cancelled. My subscription will show up on my October and November bills, but shouldn't in December, so we'll see.
    At first, I thought it might be my computer that was malfunctioning, but I can watch movies and other videos from other sites without any glitches, so the decision to unsubscribe was pretty easy to make.
     
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