The network says it decided to do this to create a single door to all of its digital products, a similar strategy to when it integrated WatchESPN into its namesake application in Those who have a cable or satellite account will get the full experience, though, since they'll be able to watch live and on-demand games intended for broadcast TV and shows such as SportsCenter.
The service will have more than MLB and NHL games during the season, including one per day based on the league's schedule. There's going to to be more than MLS games, as well, plus "thousands" of live college games and events from sports including baseball, basketball, football, golf, softball, soccer, wrestling and gymnastics.
And then there's PGA Tour live golf, Grand Slam tennis matches from Wimbledon, US Open and the Australian Open, as well as rugby and cricket -- the latter two are some of the most popular sports globally and will appeal to certain groups of people living in the US.
That includes 30 for 30 films like The Last Days of Knight , a documentary about the controversial college basketball coach Bob Knight. It's a talk show where he'll break down games during the NBA playoffs. Home is where you'll find information about your favorite teams, with Scores being the place where you can get results and schedules from leagues around the world.
Watch is where you can view the videos we've mentioned above, including live games, highlights and replays. Listen, meanwhile, has podcasts and radio shows from the ESPN network.
The application works seamlessly and video looks crisp at 60fps; BAMTech says the video quality will adapt based what device you're watching on or how much internet bandwidth you have.
A great feature is when you're watching a game and then you can pull up stats from it in real-time, and you can also pause or rewind even if a match is live.