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WATCH ESPN
ESPN
(formerly ESPN
ESPN
NETWORKS) is an Internet television
Internet television
website and mobile application operated by ESPN Inc. , a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company
(which operates the network, through its 80% controlling ownership interest) and the Hearst Corporation
Hearst Corporation
(which holds the remaining 20% interest).

The service provides streaming simulcasts of ESPN
ESPN
, ESPN2
ESPN2
, ESPNU , ESPNews
ESPNews
, ESPN
ESPN
Deportes , Longhorn Network
Longhorn Network
, SEC Network
SEC Network
, ESPN
ESPN
Goal Line and ESPN
ESPN
Buzzer Beater for select cable television subscribers in the United States
United States
; it is also the exclusive platform for broadcasts from ESPN3 , which until 2011, had operated as a separate website with a similar functionality to WatchESPN. The service is only available to subscribers of participating cable , IPTV
IPTV
and satellite television providers, and is not offered as a standalone internet-only subscription service available to those who do not have a pay television subscription.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 As ESPN
ESPN
Networks * 1.2 As Watch ESPN
ESPN

* 2 Distribution

* 2.1 Channel simulcasts * 2.2 Internet-only channels

* 3 Platforms

* 3.1 Website * 3.2 Mobile devices * 3.3 Digital media players * 3.4 Windows 8
Windows 8
* 3.5 Video
Video
game systems

* 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links

HISTORY

AS ESPN
ESPN
NETWORKS

ESPN
ESPN
Networks logo used from 2010 to 2011.

Watch ESPN
ESPN
originally launched on October 25, 2010, when Time Warner Cable became the first cable television provider to offer ESPN Networks, which provided subscribers to ESPN
ESPN
an online simulcast of the channel through a dedicated website. Bright House Networks (for which Time Warner Cable handles distribution agreements) began offering ESPN
ESPN
Networks on November 22, 2010. On January 25, 2011, ESPN
ESPN
Networks added streaming simulcast feeds of ESPN2
ESPN2
and ESPNU , as well as out-of-market sports packages ESPN
ESPN
Goal Line and ESPN
ESPN
Buzzer Beater to the website, accessible only to subscribers of those services. Verizon FiOS began providing access to streams on the ESPN Networks website on February 17, 2011.

AS WATCHESPN

On April 7, 2011, ESPN
ESPN
released a mobile app called Watch ESPN
ESPN
on the App Store for Apple devices, using the same subscriber authentication functionality to allow access to simulcasts of the available ESPN channels on the service via the iPhone , iPad and iPod Touch ; the app was released on the Android Market (now Google Play
Google Play
) on May 9, 2011. The ESPN
ESPN
Networks website was subsequently rebranded under the Watch ESPN
ESPN
name on August 31, 2011 (the "Watch" brand has since been applied to other TV Everywhere
TV Everywhere
applications for television networks owned by ESPN
ESPN
co-owner Disney–ABC Television Group
Disney–ABC Television Group
since the launch of the service, including those for ABC , Disney Channel
Disney Channel
and Freeform ). On May 8, 2012, Comcast
Comcast
began allowing authenticated Xfinity TV customers access to WatchESPN's streams via the app, as part of a deal in which the streams available on Watch ESPN
ESPN
would also be made available on the XfinityTV.com website. On August 28, 2012, Midco began allowing access to WatchESPN's simulcasts for its customers. Charter Communications added access to the service in mid-February 2013. Dish Network
Dish Network
, the first satellite provider to provide access to WatchESPN, announced it had added the service on April 1, 2014.

Longhorn Network
Longhorn Network
and SEC Network
SEC Network
programs were added to the service upon SEC Network's launch on August 14, 2014 ( Longhorn Network
Longhorn Network
is limited to its distribution area and not available nationwide through WatchESPN). As a result of this, ESPN
ESPN
Classic is the only remaining ESPN
ESPN
network that is not yet available for streaming on the service. ESPN
ESPN
Classic, which is phasing out linear distribution, is set to be added in 2015.

DISTRIBUTION

Simulcasts of the ESPN
ESPN
channels available on the Watch ESPN
ESPN
app and website (including ESPN
ESPN
Goal Line and ESPN
ESPN
Buzzer Beater) are only available to subscribers of pay television providers AT Atlantic Broadband
Broadband
is set to begin allowing access to the service for its customers by the end of 2014. In 2015, as part of a new agreement with The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company
, DirecTV
DirecTV
(the largest holdout among major pay TV providers) added authentication rights to Watch ESPN
ESPN
for its subscribers.

The two major IPTV
IPTV
providers, Sling TV and PlayStation Vue , also offer authentication to WatchESPN; the two services, however, offer the same feeds of the ESPN
ESPN
networks that are carried on the WatchESPN platform (including with selected advertisements replaced by the "We'll Back Right Back" message and black screen), as opposed as the cable/satellite versions of each respective ESPN
ESPN
channel.

ESPN3 , a similar service that had operated separately from WatchESPN until it was integrated into the service in 2011, is available through many other cable providers including those listed above. In all cases, a TV Everywhere
TV Everywhere
login (or other login code for university and military customers) through a customer's service provider is required to access the services.

CHANNEL SIMULCASTS

* ESPN
ESPN
* ESPN2
ESPN2
* ESPNU * ESPNews
ESPNews
* ESPN
ESPN
Deportes * ESPN
ESPN
Goal Line * ESPN
ESPN
Buzzer Beater * Longhorn Network
Longhorn Network
* SEC Network
SEC Network

INTERNET-ONLY CHANNELS

* ACC Network Extra * ESPN3

PLATFORMS

WEBSITE

The Watch ESPN.com
ESPN.com
website allows fans to view and switch between among up to 20 events in a main viewing window, which can exceed the amount of bandwidth that can be handled by most broadband subscribers. Events available on the service that have recently been completed are archived and available for on-demand replay. The Watch ESPN
ESPN
player additionally features four modules: Featured Events (which shows viewers highlights of live and upcoming events available on WatchESPN), Stats (which features statistics from the streamed event), the Chat 140 section (which allows fans to discussion the events with other fans), and Facebook
Facebook
connect (which connects fans to their Facebook
Facebook
profile and allows them to both post about the event that they are watching on their wall and discuss the event with other Facebook
Facebook
fans).

MOBILE DEVICES

Watch ESPN
ESPN
is available through the ESPN
ESPN
app for Android and iOS , and the Watch ESPN
ESPN
app for Windows Phone
Windows Phone
. In December 2015, WatchESPN's streaming features were integrated directly into the main ESPN
ESPN
app for Android and iOS, with the standalone Watch ESPN
ESPN
app discontinued on these platforms.

Due to Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless
's exclusive rights to stream NFL games on mobile devices to its subscribers, NFL telecasts are not available on the app.

DIGITAL MEDIA PLAYERS

On June 19, 2013, the service became available through Apple TV . Watch ESPN
ESPN
became available on Roku
Roku
streaming players on November 12, 2013. Chromecast
Chromecast
support was added to the Android and iOS apps as part of an update released on June 3, 2014.

WINDOWS 8

The Watch ESPN
ESPN
app became available for download for compatible Windows 8
Windows 8
and Windows 8.1 devices from the Windows Store
Windows Store
in February 2014.

VIDEO GAME SYSTEMS

The Watch ESPN
ESPN
service is available for download for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Xbox One
. The ESPN
ESPN
app for Xbox 360 was discontinued on March 23, 2016.

SEE ALSO

* Fox Sports Go * NBC Sports Live Extra

REFERENCES

* ^ Phillips, Amy (2010-10-22). " Time Warner Cable Customers Can Now Watch ESPN
ESPN
and ESPN3.com On Their Computer". ESPN Inc. Retrieved 2012-09-06. * ^ Krodel, Brooke (2010-11-22). " Bright House Networks Customers Now Have Access to ESPN3.com and ESPNnetworks.com". The Indianapolis Star . Retrieved 2012-09-06. * ^ Phillips, Amy (2011-01-25). "ESPN2, ESPNU and Buzzer Beater Now Available Online". ESPN Inc. Retrieved 2012-09-06. * ^ Phillips, Amy (2011-02-17). " Verizon FiOS to Offer Live Online Streaming of ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and Buzzer Beater". ESPN
ESPN
Inc. Retrieved 2012-09-06. * ^ Phillips, Amy (2011-04-07). " ESPN
ESPN
Launches New \'WatchESPN\' App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch". ESPN Inc. Retrieved 2012-09-06. * ^ Chong-Adler, Kristie (2011-05-09). "\'WatchESPN\' App Now Available on Android Devices". ESPN Inc. Retrieved 2012-09-06. * ^ Nagle, Dave (2012-01-06). "ESPN, Inc.: 2011 in Review". ESPN Inc. Retrieved 2012-09-06. * ^ Phillips, Amy (2012-05-08). "Watch ESPN
ESPN
Now Available to Comcast Xfinity TV Customers Through Watch ESPN
ESPN
App and Soon on XfinityTV.com".