ESPN+ FAQ: Answering your soccer questions about new streaming service

• Google – Android phones, Android TV and Chromecast.

ESPN+ is currently not available on Roku, PlayStation or Xbox. Roku will be added in the near future.

Q: Price?

A: It’s $5 dollars a month or $50 for the year.

Q: Is a free trial available?

A: Yes. During the first week of launch (April 12-18, 2018), fans are being offered a special extended 30-day free trial subscription.

After that, a 7-day free trial will be offered.

Q: Is a credit card required for the free trial?

A: Yes, either a credit card or PayPal account is required.

Q: Wait, wasn’t this supposed to be launched years ago for MLS games?

A: ESPN’s streaming service was supposed to launch in 2015 with MLS games being streamed on the platform and with MLS Live going away. After repeated delays, it’s finally here combined with a whole lot more.

Q: Who are the winners and losers with ESPN+?

A: Without any shadow of a doubt, the biggest winners with ESPN+ are MLS fans who used to pay $80 or more a year to watch out-of-market games. With an annual subscription of $50 for ESPN+, the cost savings for MLS fans are immense.

The losers with ESPN+ are the soccer fans who were accustomed to watching the popular, daily ESPN FC television show. That program is now exclusively available via ESPN+, which means that US television has lost yet another daily soccer news and highlights show (ESPN FC and FOX Soccer News, just as two examples of many shows from the past).

Q: Is ESPN+ a good streaming service to consider for cord cutters?

A: It all depends on what leagues and sports you’re interested in, so the answer will vary. It’s not a one-stop-shop streaming solution that offers you access to everything. Cord cutters can use DIRECTV NOW or Sling Orange to access all of the ESPN programming instead of having a cable/TV subscription. But ESPN+ would have to be purchased separately in order to give you access to everything ESPN-related.

For ESPN, the ESPN+ service gives them the opportunity to dip their toe in the water to provide access to exclusive content. This ensures that ESPN is generating revenue from cord cutters, and additional revenue from current cable/TV subscribers.

Q: Can ESPN TV/cable subscribers access ESPN+ at no additional charge?

A: No, and here’s where it’ll upset many sports fans. You have to pay more now ($50/year or $5/month) to get much of the same content that you were getting for free previously when you had a cable/TV subscription.

Here’s what one of our writers thought about ESPN+.

Q: Are there any plans for ESPN to add quality soccer leagues and competitions?

A: We understand that ESPN is interested in acquiring the rights to the FA Cup and Serie A, which would considerably strengthen ESPN+’s programming for hardcore soccer fans, but no decision has been reached as of press time.

Q: Is ESPN3 dead?

A: No, confusingly, it still continues although it won’t have the vast amount of live programming that it used to. Most of the programming will be on ESPN+ exclusively instead.

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