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ESPN adds ESPN News, Deportes to Apple TV, WatchESPN iOS app

updated 08:10 pm EDT, Wed August 28, 2013

Follows update of Apple TV to add new channels of content

Yesterday's update of Apple TV to include a number of other channels was complemented on Wednesday with the addition of two new ESPN channels for both Apple TV and the WatchESPN iOS app. The update brings ESPN News and the Spanish-language ESPN Deportes to both devices, adding to ESPN's present services. The WatchESPN app requires an existing cable subscription to at least one ESPN network.

ESPN News offers a selection of live competitions, while ESPN Deportes handles sports broadcasts with Spanish commentary. The WatchESPN app serves as a "highlights" service, offering content from all three original ESPN channels, along with ESPNU and ESPN Goal Line and Buzzer Beater. As mentioned, the iOS app requires an existing subscription to ESPN networks through a cable provider. The 9MB app is free from the iOS App Store.

Customers of Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, AT&T U-verse, Comcast Xfinity, Cox, Charter, Cablevision's Optimum TV, Verizon FiOS and Midcontinent Communications are all eligible to use the WatchESPN app on the go. The channel has previously said that NRTC cable customers will be able to access its services soon.




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  1. cartoonspin

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 09-23-03

    What is the point of these apps if you have to subscribe to cable. The whole point is to not subscribe to cable! And again, ESPN and the others ignore the satellite companies. Fail!

  1. pairof9s

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    Joined: 01-03-08

    Yeah, I don't get the Dish/DirecTV ban when both of these providers have all the various ESPN channels for home viewing. Not sure if Dish's recent promo on live TV & recordings anywhere on mobile devices includes ESPN, but I do know that DirecTV's worthless iOS app provides none of the ESPN channels (nor a great many other channels).

    What exactly is the hold up?

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