ESPN Stories July 12

ESPN+ to get more expensive next month, but Hulu and Disney+ bundle will remain unchanged

Disney is ready to increase the price of its ESPN+ premium subscription for both monthly and yearly customers. The monthly plan is going up by $1 with the yearly option increasing $10.

ESPN Stories April 23, 2020

ESPN for Apple TV now lets you auto play 3 live games/channels at once on home screen

Just in time for the 2020 NFL draft starting this evening, April 23rd, ESPN has updated its Apple TV app with the ability to auto play 3 live channels/games simultaneously.

ESPN Stories April 12, 2018

PSA: As expected, ESPN+ rolling out today to sports fans for $4.99/month or $49.99/year

Disney first announced last year that it would be launching its first ever direct-to-consumer video streaming service in the form of ESPN+, with pricing confirmed in February …

ESPN Stories April 2, 2018

We’ve known for a while that ESPN was planning to release its own video streaming service. However, it was unknown when it was going to release, until today.

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ESPN Stories February 6, 2018

In conjunction with the company’s earnings release today, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced that ESPN’s upcoming streaming service will cost $4.99 per month. The service is the first direct-to-consumer offering from ESPN and was originally teased last year

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ESPN Stories January 9, 2018

Shortly before the Apple TV 4K was unveiled last fall, ESPN introduced a video feature called MultiCast that lets you watch up to four sports feeds at the same time on tvOS. Take a look at our hands-on below to see it in action.

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ESPN Stories August 16, 2017

ESPN is launching a new version of its Apple TV app that lets viewers watch up to four live streams simultaneously. The new MultiCast feature is designed for following multiple games at the same time so you don’t miss key plays or have to flip between streams to see a score.

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ESPN Stories April 26, 2017

ESPN has announced some upcoming changes for the network today, including informing employees that 100 on-air talent positions will be cut as the company refocuses its content strategy. It also announced new features coming for the ESPN apps today, which is available to iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV users as well as on other platforms.

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ESPN Stories April 4, 2017

Twitter seeking deal to allow users to watch live pay-TV channels within its app

If you enjoy following live sports games on Twitter while you watch them, you may soon to be able to watch pay-TV live broadcasts from within the Twitter app.

ESPN Stories April 3, 2017

ESPN is releasing a redesigned and rebranded app for Apple TV today, and in the process replacing the old “WatchESPN” app. The new app, dubbed simply “ESPN”, brings a revamped user interface that includes auto-playing live streams at launch and new on-demand content.

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ESPN Stories January 10, 2017

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ESPN has a significant update to its iOS app today that includes new sports features plus easier ways to watch video on Apple’s platforms with SSO and Chromecast support.

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ESPN Stories March 17, 2016

T-Mobile adds YouTube, Google Play Movies & much more to Binge On data free streaming

T-Mobile is expanding its Binge On initiative that allows users to stream content in certain apps without using up their data allowance, and with today’s update YouTube, Google Play Movies, and many other services are now officially supported.

ESPN Stories January 19, 2016

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It’s easy to miss out on sports entertainment when you cut the cord and just rely on Apple TV, but ESPN president John Skipper tells The Wall Street Journal that may change in 2016. When asked about the potential streaming network Apple reportedly hopes to offer on its set-top box, the ESPN exec says that Apple has been “frustrated” with the process of building a service but that ESPN has been in past talks and continues to work with the company:

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ESPN Stories July 27, 2015

ESPN could be offered as standalone channel on Apple TV, says Disney CEO – but don’t hold your breath

Disney could respond to the increase trend toward cord-cutting by offering direct consumer access to ESPN, says Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company. This could potentially make it available as a standalone channel on Apple TV, rather than something you can only get if you subscribe to a cable package that includes it.

But don’t rush out to cancel your cable subscription just yet – Iger, who is also on Apple’s board, said in a CNBC interview that the move won’t happen in the next five years. He was responding to questions about the future of the channel in an increasingly difficult market for cable. Enterprise recently reported that the channel lost more than three million viewers in the last year.

Sports network ESPN, meanwhile, reportedly lost 3.2 million viewers over the last year as a growing number of pay-TV customers either cut the cord or sought so-called skinny packages that didn’t include the industry’s most expensive channel. ESPN accounts for about $6 of most cable bills.

Iger said that the company viewed technology as friend rather than foe, and would adapt as the industry changed.

“While the business model may face challenges over the next few years, long term for ESPN … they’ll be fine. They have pricing leverage, too,” Iger said. “Disney [Channel] is another … brand and product that could be sold directly to the customer.”

But with that five year caveat, don’t expect to find ESPN offered as a standalone service like HBO or Showtime, and possibly not even as part of the streaming TV service Apple is expected to launch in the fall.

ESPN Stories July 17, 2015

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Popular iOS and Android apps from companies like Walmart, ESPN, Slack and SoundCloud have been found vulnerable to password cracking, according to a recent report from AppBugs. The security firm found that dozens of the most popular apps are lacking, in that they allow you to make any number of attempts to login without restriction. These clearly opens up a gap for attackers who have the means to guess those passwords and gain access to your accounts.

The most secure apps will force you to reset your password if you don’t enter it correctly, or they’ll lock you out after you’ve made a certain number of attempts.

AppBugs tested the most popular apps to see how they stacked up. It checked 100 popular apps which support password-protected web accounts and limited themselves to apps which had been downloaded at least 1 million times. Of those 100 apps, 53 were found to have the vulnerability.

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ESPN Stories May 20, 2015

Spotify is announcing some big updates to its music streaming service today that brings a number of new features alongside more content in the form of video clips, audio shows, and podcasts. expand full story

ESPN Stories April 8, 2015

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Reports regarding an Apple web-based TV service began to circulate in February of this year, with more details emerging last month. A new report from The Street now claims that Apple and Disney are currently in talks over what specific Disney-owned channels will be available on the service. It’s worth noting that Disney CEO Bob Iger is also on Apple’s Board.

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ESPN Stories February 12, 2015

ESPN is out with a brand new version of its iPhone app today adding native resolution support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ while also debuting on the iPad for the first time. The new app not only sports a new look right down to its icon, but ESPN says it “pulled a Puff Daddy and changed the name.” Previously, the app was branded as ESPN SportsCenter, but now it’s simply “ESPN”. expand full story

ESPN Stories January 9, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air 2 16GB WiFi $99 off, Dragon Dictate for Mac 4 $80, Free App of the Week, more

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the brand new 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Apple 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi (silver or gold): $400 shipped ($99 off)

Amazon Gold Box: Save up to 65% off Dragon Naturally Speaking Software, Mac version $80 (Reg. $200)

iTunes Free App of the Week: MUJO ($1.99 value)

Review: SmartThings offers an open and flexible home automation experience with a few caveats

More new deals:

  • New! ASUS routers: AC1750 refurb $90, new $120, N150 $5 w/ MIR, more
  • New! Daily Deals: Sennheiser BT headset $80, LifeProof nüüd case iPad 2/3/4 $38, more
  • New! Games/Apps: Borderlands GOTY for Mac $10, Motocross Elite free, more
  • New! Lexar USB Flash Drives: 32GB TwistTurn $10, 64GB $20 with free Prime shipping
  • New! Magazine subs from $4.75 per year: ESPN w/ dig, Men’s Health, Fast Company,
  • New! Home: Philips Norelco Electric Razor $70, Sunbeam heated blankets from $30, more

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ESPN Stories January 6, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: VIZIO 4K 50″ $800, JBL Lightning speaker/dock $109, 2,400 classic DOS games free, more

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the brand new 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Update:

VIZIO 50-inch 240Hz Smart LED 4K UHDTV $800 shipped (Reg. $1,000)

JBL OnBeat Venue LT Bluetooth speaker w/ Lightning dock $109 shipped (orig. $240)

The Internet Archive steps up its game by offering nearly 2,400 MS-DOS classic titles for free

CES 2015:

Samsung portable SSD T1: smaller than a business card + 100 times faster than a traditional HDD DISH brings Sling TV with ESPN, TNT, TBS and more to a myriad of streaming devices for just $20

Review: SmartThings offers an open and flexible home automation experience with a few caveats

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ESPN Stories November 14, 2014

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Today’s Disney Mobile Product Showcase kicked off with Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, sharing a Steve Jobs anecdote. No matter the time or place it’s always incredibly interesting to hear personal stories of Apple’s late leader.

Iger recalled the time when he contacted his buddy Jobs with what he thought was a novel idea: to unleash movies/TV shows like iTunes did for music. Of course, being the visionary he was, Jobs had already thought of this and even brought an early version of the iPod with video to the meeting. And of course, being the businessman he was, Jobs then asked Iger if he would commit Disney content to the project.

Iger used this story as a jump off for a two hour presentation in which other Disney, ESPN, and ABC executives would showcase a smattering of new mobile apps, games, and products…

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ESPN Stories July 15, 2014

ESPN Fantasy Football for iOS updated with new notifications and social media support

 

Football season is only a few weeks away and while you’re busy making preparations for your office’s annual draft, ESPN has updated its Fantasy Football app. In addition to a refined UI, the revitalized software lets users create a team or league directly from within the app, tracking trades, injuries, scores and more.

ESPN Stories July 1, 2014

Another day, another patent dispute. This time Apple is defending the use of its HTTP live-streaming service against Emblaze, Ltd., Bloomberg reports.

Specifically, the lawyer for Emblaze has accused Apple of pushing its video streaming technology on sports-related services like WatchESPN and MLB At Bat which support live streaming over apps for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and more.

Apple began working on its HTTP live-streaming service, or HLS, “no earlier than 2007,” demanding that services such as “At Bat” use the format to drive sales of iPhones and iPads — and inducing infringement of Emblaze’s patent, Pavane said.

“Apple’s HLS is nothing more than Emblaze’s patented solution under a different name,” he said.

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ESPN Stories May 30, 2014

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According to a new report from The Information, Apple is planning to offer “locally targeted advertising” to users through its iTunes Radio platform sometime this year. The report also says Apple is planning on working with “broadcast radio stations” to increase the amount of content it offers on the platform. This additional content would focus on non-music offerings that would further expand Apple’s content streaming platform. Earlier this week, 9to5Mac reported that Apple is planning to introduce several local NPR stations as well as sports content from ESPN to iTunes Radio… expand full story

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