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So Long ESPN3, hello ESPN+

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UPDATE (4/3/2018-12:03)

Someone from ESPN reached out to me to inform me that I was incorrect about the assumption that ESPN3 is going away. Here are the notes they sent me, I am asking for more info back

  1. Most of ESPN+ programming is additive and not currently available to our existing networks
  2. There will continue to be thousands of events on ESPN3, and actively program live events across both platforms.
  3. After launch, ESPN will be working regularly with conference partners on scheduling across both ESPN+ and ESPN3

Basically This:

  • If you’re one of those people who only have that 70-100 dollar cable bill to watch ESPN you just saved about 65-95$ a month.
  • If you’re one of those people who would have had the cable package anyway you just got an extra 5$ expense a month.

If you’ve gotten used to the wonderful world of ESPN3, well this is not a good morning for you.

ESPN3, a streaming channel provided to people who’s cable or internet package qualified, is going the way of the Dodo. It will be replaced by the newly minted ESPN+ on April 12th of this year.

It was also made available to about 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers with college/university in 2008.

The new network, ESPN+ will have no such restriction on providers.

The ESPN+ service will be available with monthly (4.99/mo) and annual subscription options. It will offer some for free, but I’m guessing most of college sports will not be given away.

It will alsp provide access to several existing out of market sports packages. Things lilke MLB.tv, and NHL.tv, will also be available for purchase through the ESPN+ platform.

I suspect most of our Bull Run community will cough up the 5$ but that a number will go back to WECKing it.