Here's When Disney Is Launching Its New ESPN Streaming Channel

Disney Sets ESPN+ Launch Date

Disney Sets ESPN+ Launch Date

ESPN+, the first of two direct-to-consumer streaming services announced by Disney, is slated for an April 12 launch, the company announced today.

The service will consist of "hundreds of MLB, NHL, MLS games, thousands of college sports events, Top Rank Boxing, PGA Tour golf, Grand Slam tennis and much more", an ESPN news release reads. While this might not be a full substitute for ESPN through a cable subscription, it will give sports fans access to ESPN content at a reasonable price.

Disney and ESPN have yet to announce which platforms will get the service, but considering that its WatchESPN app spanned almost every conceivable Smart TV platform, streaming video player and mobile operating system, there's little doubt ESPN+ will be available anywhere and everywhere you now watch streaming content. And for those with no interest in sports but who are invested in Disney's upcoming streaming service, ESPN+ will be an important technological test case.

ESPN+ will launch on April 12 and will be a subscription platform built in to the ESPN app. Also not included in the statement were the major college sports conferences for which ESPN has broadcast rights. For example, ESPN+ will feature an Major League Baseball and NHL game each day during the regular season, totaling more than 180 games for each sport.

ESPN+ will be an integrated part of a completely redesigned and reimagined ESPN App that will be the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans.

NHL - One free game per day (again local blackouts apply) with the NHL.TV package available for purchase. A Disney-branded direct-to-consumer service, offering subscription video-on-demand viewing of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm movies along with a host of exclusive content, will launch in late 2019. These fights will not be seen live on regular ESPN TV channels. ESPN would then show Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) cards which mostly airs on Saturday nights.

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. Coverage will include Thursday, Friday and some Saturday and Sunday play during the events.

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