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Watch ESPN
ESPN
(formerly ESPN
ESPN
Networks) is an Internet television
Internet television
website and mobile application operated by ESPN
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 Communications
Hearst Communications
(which holds the remaining 20% interest). The service provides streaming simulcasts of ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, ESPN
ESPN
Deportes, Longhorn Network, SEC Network, ESPN
ESPN
Goal Line and ESPN
ESPN
Buzzer Beater for select cable television subscribers in the 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 WatchESPN

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 3.5 Video
Video
game systems

4 See also 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] As ESPN
ESPN
Networks[edit]

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.[1] Bright House Networks
Bright House Networks
(for which Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable
handles distribution agreements) began offering ESPN
ESPN
Networks on November 22, 2010.[2] 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.[3] Verizon FiOS
Verizon FiOS
began providing access to streams on the ESPN
ESPN
Networks website on February 17, 2011.[4] As WatchESPN[edit] 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) on May 9, 2011.[5][6] 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).[7] On May 8, 2012, Comcast
Comcast
began allowing authenticated Xfinity TV
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.[8] On August 28, 2012, Midco
Midco
began allowing access to WatchESPN's simulcasts for its customers.[9] Charter Communications
Charter Communications
added access to the service in mid-February 2013.[10] Dish Network, the first satellite provider to provide access to WatchESPN, announced it had added the service on April 1, 2014.[11] Longhorn Network and SEC Network
SEC Network
programs were added to the service upon SEC Network's launch on August 14, 2014 ( 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.[12] As of June 2017, ESPN
ESPN
has started to demphasize the Watch ESPN
ESPN
branding on air in favor of the ESPN
ESPN
app, which also has all the functionality of Watch ESPN
ESPN
within the app. Despite this, Watch ESPN
ESPN
remains operational albeit with some bugs. Distribution[edit] 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&T U-verse, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, Dish Network
Dish Network
(including subsidiary Sling TV), Google Fiber, Grande Communications, Midcontinent Communications, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS
Verizon FiOS
and Xfinity TV
Xfinity TV
(formerly Comcast
Comcast
Digital Cable); Atlantic Broadband
Atlantic 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, DirecTV
DirecTV
(the largest holdout among major pay TV providers) added authentication rights to Watch ESPN
ESPN
for its subscribers.[13] The two major IPTV
IPTV
providers, Sling TV
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 Watch ESPN
ESPN
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; ESPN3
ESPN3
is also accessible without login if the user's IP address can be traced to a participating ISP. Channel simulcasts[edit]

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

Internet-only channels[edit]

ACC Network
ACC Network
Extra ESPN3

Platforms[edit] Website[edit] 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[edit] Watch ESPN
ESPN
is available through the ESPN
ESPN
app for Android and iOS, and the Watch ESPN
ESPN
app for 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.[14] Due to 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[edit] 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.[15] Chromecast
Chromecast
support was added to the Android and iOS apps as part of an update released on June 3, 2014.[16] Windows 8[edit] The Watch ESPN
ESPN
app became available for download for compatible Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1
devices from the Windows Store
Windows Store
in February 2014.[17] Video
Video
game systems[edit] The Watch ESPN
ESPN
service is available for download for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The ESPN
ESPN
app for Xbox 360 was discontinued on March 23, 2016.[18] See also[edit]

Fox Sports Go NBC Sports
NBC Sports
Live Extra

References[edit]

^ Phillips, Amy (2010-10-22). " Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable
Customers Can Now Watch ESPN
ESPN
and ESPN3.com On Their Computer". ESPN Inc.
ESPN Inc.
Retrieved 2012-09-06.  ^ Krodel, Brooke (2010-11-22). " Bright House Networks
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
ESPNU
and Buzzer Beater Now Available Online". ESPN Inc.
ESPN Inc.
Retrieved 2012-09-06.  ^ Phillips, Amy (2011-02-17). " Verizon FiOS
Verizon FiOS
to Offer Live Online Streaming of ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU
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.
ESPN Inc.
Retrieved 2012-09-06.  ^ Chong-Adler, Kristie (2011-05-09). "'WatchESPN' App Now Available on Android Devices". ESPN Inc.
ESPN Inc.
Retrieved 2012-09-06.  ^ Nagle, Dave (2012-01-06). "ESPN, Inc.: 2011 in Review". ESPN
ESPN
Inc. Retrieved 2012-09-06.  ^ Phillips, Amy (2012-05-08). "Watch ESPN
ESPN
Now Available to Comcast Xfinity TV
Xfinity TV
Customers Through Watch ESPN
ESPN
App and Soon on XfinityTV.com". ESPN Inc.
ESPN Inc.
Retrieved 2012-09-06.  ^ Hudak, Kristen (2012-09-28). "Watch ESPN
ESPN
Now Available to Midcontinent Customers". ESPN Inc.
ESPN Inc.
Retrieved 2012-09-06.  ^ Press release (31 December 2012). " The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company
and Charter Communications
Charter Communications
Announce New Distribution Agreement". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 1 January 2013.  ^ http://espn.go.com/watchespn/affList?device=videosub.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ http://www.fiercecable.com/story/espn-classic-becomes-demand-channel-dish-network/2014-10-01 ^ http://fangsbites.com/abc/directv-and-disney-sign-long-term-agreement-adds-watchespn-and-longhorn-network.html ^ "Updated ESPN
ESPN
app won't make you install Watch ESPN
ESPN
to stream live sports". The Verge. Retrieved 30 December 2015.  ^ "ESPN, Disney Channels Land on Roku
Roku
Internet Set-Tops". Variety. November 12, 2013.  ^ "Google brings WatchESPN, MLS and more to Chromecast". Engadget. June 3, 2014.  ^ http://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2014/02/watchespn-app-now-available-windows-8/ ^ "Xbox 360's ESPN
ESPN
App Going Dark Soon". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 

External links[edit]

www.watchespn.com – Watch ESPN
ESPN
official website espn.go.com/watchespn/faq? – Watch ESPN
ESPN
Frequently Asked Questions page

Watch ESPN
ESPN
mobile app on the App Store Watch ESPN
ESPN
mobile app on Google Play

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Sports television in the United States

Broadcast divisions

English

CBS Sports ESPN
ESPN
on ABC Fox Sports NBC Sports Stadium Turner Sports

Spanish

Azteca Deportes Telemundo Deportes
Telemundo Deportes
(Telemundo/Universo) Univision Deportes

National channels

English

beIN Sports CBS Sports
CBS Sports
Network ESPN

ESPN2

FS1

FS2

NBCSN

Olympic Channel

Spanish

beIN Sports en Español ESPN
ESPN
Deportes Fox Deportes Univision Deportes
Univision Deportes
Network

Specialty channels

College

Big Ten Network ESPNU Fox College Sports Pac-12 Network SEC Network

Single sport

Cricket TicketO ESPN
ESPN
College Extra ESPN
ESPN
Goal Line & Bases LoadedP Fox Soccer PlusP GOL TV Golf Channel In DemandP MAVTV MLB Network MLB Extra InningsO MLB Strike ZoneP MLS Direct KickO NBA League PassO NBA TV NFL Network NFL RedZoneP NFL Sunday TicketO NHL Network NHL Center IceO Tennis Channel TVG

TVG2

Willow Ride TV

Outdoors

The Cowboy Channel Frost Great Outdoors Outdoor Channel

Sportsman Channel World Fishing Network

Pursuit Channel

Other

Eleven Sports Network ESPN
ESPN
Classic ESPNews ESPN
ESPN
PPVP

Syndicators

ACC Network
ACC Network
(Raycom Sports) ESPN
ESPN
Events

Broadband

CBS Sports
CBS Sports
HQ Club WWN Fox Sports Go FITE TV Global Wrestling Network Honor Club MLB.tv UFC Fight Pass Watch ESPN
ESPN
(ESPN3; ACC Network
ACC Network
Extra) WWE Network WWNLive

Video
Video
on demand

The Ski Channel Surf Channel

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Regional sports television networks in the United States

AT&T SportsNet

Pittsburgh Rocky Mountain Southwest Root Sports Northwest
Root Sports Northwest
(part-ownership)

Fox Sports Networks

Arizona Detroit Florida / Sun Midwest

Indiana Kansas City

North Ohio / SportsTime Ohio Southeast / South

Carolinas Tennessee

Southwest

Oklahoma New Orleans

West / Prime Ticket

San Diego

Wisconsin YES Network

NBC Sports
NBC Sports
Regional Networks (Comcast)

Bay Area Boston California Chicago Northwest

Oregon Sports Network

Washington Philadelphia

Spectrum Sports (Charter)

Florida Kansas City Los Angeles

SportsNet/Deportes SportsNet LA

SportsNet New York
SportsNet New York
(part ownership) Ohio Wisconsin

Independents

Altitude Sports Buckeye Cable Sports BYUtv
BYUtv
Sports Cox Sports TV FiOS1 Longhorn Network Mid-Atlantic Sports Midco
Midco
Sports MSG Network

Plus Western NY

NESN SportsNet NY SWX Right Now

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Defunct television sports networks in the United States

National

America One American Sports Classics American Sports Network Back9Network Baseball Network Big 12 Network CNN SI ESPN
ESPN
3D Football Network Fox Soccer Lorimar Sports Network Mizlou NASCAR Hot Pass NewSport One World Sports ONTV SEC TV Speed SportsChannel America Sports Network Universal Sports Network

Regional

4SD Carolinas SE Cox Sports Empire Hawkvision MountainWest PASS Sports Prime PRISM Royals Sports SportsChannel LA Sportsvision Sports Time Victory

Out-of-market

ESPN
ESPN
Full Court ESPN
ESPN
GamePlan Mega March Madness

O. Out-of-market sports packages P. Premium channel

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ESPN
ESPN
Inc.

Executives

George Bodenheimer Edwin Durso Chuck Pagano Norby Williamson James Pitaro

U.S. networks

Linear TV

ESPN ESPN2 ESPNews Classic ESPNU Deportes Longhorn Network SEC Network

Part-time/Digital

ACC Network
ACC Network
Extra ESPN
ESPN
on ABC ESPN3 College Extra Goal Line

Radio

ESPN
ESPN
Radio

Deportes

Xtra

International

Brasil

ESPN ESPN
ESPN
Brasil ESPN
ESPN
+ ESPN
ESPN
Extra

Caribbean

ESPN ESPN
ESPN
2

Indian subcontinent

Sony ESPN

Japan

J Sports

Latin America

ESPN ESPN
ESPN
2 ESPN
ESPN
3 ESPN
ESPN
+ ESPN
ESPN
Extra

Oceania

ESPN ESPN
ESPN
2

Philippines

ESPN
ESPN
5

Sub-Saharan Africa

ESPN

UK and Ireland

BT Sport ESPN

Co-owned Canadian sports networks

TSN

1 2 3 4 5

RDS RDS2 RDS Info ESPN
ESPN
Classic Canada

Ventures

ESPN+ ESPN.com ESPN
ESPN
Deportes.com ESPN
ESPN
Broadband ESPN
ESPN
Events ESPN
ESPN
Films ESPN
ESPN
The Magazine ESPN
ESPN
Deportes La Revista ESPN
ESPN
Books ESPY Awards ESPN
ESPN
Integration WatchESPN

Defunct ventures

ESPN
ESPN
West Arena Football League
Arena Football League
(minority stake, 2006–2009) ESPN
ESPN
Star Sports (equity stake, 1994–2013) ESPN
ESPN
3D (2010–2013) ESPN
ESPN
America (2002–2013) ESPN
ESPN
Classic (UK) (2006–2013) ESPN
ESPN
MVP (2005–2006) Grantland
Grantland
(2011–2015) ESPN
ESPN
GamePlan (1992–2015) ESPN
ESPN
Full Court (2007–2015) ESPN
ESPN
PPV (1999–2015) ESPN
ESPN
HS (1997–2012)

Sports broadcasting rights

ESPN
ESPN
College Football High School Showcase ESPN
ESPN
Major League Baseball ESPN
ESPN
College Basketball MLS Soccer Sunday Monday Night Football CFL on TSN NBA on ESPN WNBA on ESPN List of ESPN
ESPN
sports properties

Other properties

ESPNcricinfo FCS Kickoff FiveThirtyEight Jayski's Silly Season Site ESPN
ESPN
FC ESPNscrum Scouts Inc. TrueHoop The Undefeated

Notable personalities

Current personalities Former personalities ESPNews
ESPNews
personalities ESPNU
ESPNU
personalities ESPN
ESPN
Radio personalities

Miscellaneous

History Criticism This is SportsCenter ESPN
ESPN
Zone ESPN
ESPN
Wide World of Sports Complex

Owners: Disney Media Networks 80% Hearst Corporation
Hearst Corporation
20%

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Video
digital distribution platforms

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Video
on demand

Free

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Sports

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Pornographic

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Comedy

Funny or Die

Paid

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Now DDT Universe Demand Progress Dragon Gate Network ESPN+ FandangoNOW Fandor FilmStruck Foxtel Play Fullscreen FITE TV Global Wrestling Network Google Play
Google Play
Movies & TV HBO Go HBO Now Hillsong Channel Now HOOQ Hulu Honor Club Icflix iflix iTunes Store Mubi Netflix New Japan Pro-Wrestling World Nintendo eShop Now TV PlayStation Store PlayStation Video PlayStation Vue Playster Rooster Teeth
Rooster Teeth
FIRST SHAHID Showmax Showtime Shudder Sky On Demand Sling TV Stan STARZ Stardom World TVPlayer UFC Fight Pass VidAngel Vudu Windows Store
Windows Store
(Microsoft Movies & TV) WWE Network WWNLive YouTube
YouTube
Red YouTube
YouTube
TV

Discontinued

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