ESPN has launched a brand-new streaming service that is a bold attempt to generate substantial revenue for what it considers a lot of niche sports that it previously mostly streamed at no additional cost to sports fans who had access to ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
Since it’s so new and different, there’s a lot of confusion in the marketplace, which is why we’ve collated all of your questions from the website and social media during the past two weeks and created this FAQ that will hopefully clue everyone in. If not, just post your question in the comments section below and we’ll do our best to answer it.
The FAQ is so long that we’ve spread it across several pages, so be sure to click on the next page button near the bottom of every page.
Q: What is ESPN+?
A: ESPN+ is a new paid-subscription streaming service that launched April 12, 2018. A cable or satellite subscription isn’t required, but you can’t access ESPN or ESPN2 content on it. ESPN+ provides exclusive broadcasts of several leagues, competitions and sports.
If you do have a cable or satellite TV subscription, you can use your login details to authenticate and watch ESPN and ESPN2 programming with the app in addition to the exclusive ESPN+ streams. Or you can pay to just watch the ESPN+ programming separately.
For soccer fans, the games previously available via the MLS Live paid-subscription service (owned by ESPN, operated and promoted by MLS) will now be exclusively available via ESPN+ except for the nationally televised games that air on ESPN or ESPN2.
ESPN+ will exclusively stream the following soccer leagues and competitions:
English Football League – Approximately 200 total matches, including an average of four per week from Sky Bet Championship Playoffs, League 1 and League 2, plus six matches per month from the EFL Cup (beginning in August) and 16 matches per month throughout the EFL 2018-19 season.
MLS – The entire MLS LIVE out-of-market schedule will be available with more than 250 games this season, as well as the local-market home for the Chicago Fire, exclusively bringing 23 Fire matches to fans in Chicago.
United Soccer League – Approximately 450 USL matches this season
UEFA Nations League – Over 100 live matches from the newly created tournament. Pay TV customers with an ESPN+ subscription will be able to access the entire tournament including the 36 UNL matches on ESPN linear networks and ESPN3.