ESPN has released an app that on first glance looks like must have home run app for every sports fans. And it is… if you already have a subscription with one of a handful of cable TV providers.
We’ll give you the fine print up front. To watch ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU you’ll need a Cable TV subscription from Time Warner Cable, Verizon Fios TV or Bright House Networks. If you have Verizon High Speed Internet Service, you’ll get access to ESPN3.com only.
UPDATE: ESPN has now released the WatchESPN App for Android.
After downloading the app, you’ll need to link your Cable TV account (or Verizon High Speed account) to the WatchESPN app. You’ll enter your zip code, choose your provider.
Once you’ve confirmed your provider has access, you’ll also need sign into your myESPN account. If you don’t already have an account, you can sign up for free at ESPN.com. Click the “register” link at the top right. Finally, enter your email address for instructions for completing the sign up process.
Once you go through the setup process you can watch ESPN to your heart’s content. And best of all, the video quality is quite good.
If you are a Verizon High Speed Internet subscriber, you’ll get access to ESPN3 only, but ESPN3 has tons of live sports, so it’s still pretty awesome.
It’s great if you are one of the select to get access. Even being a Verizon Internet subscriber and receiving ESPN3.com is pretty awesome. Most of the live sports that are broadcast on ESPN & ESPN2 are also on ESPN3.com. There are a few exceptions, like Monday Night Football and the Masters. ESPN say they are working on adding more providers in the future, so if your carrier isn’t included now, it may be added down the road. Everyone who downloads the app gets 4 hours of free viewing, so if your provider isn’t included, you can still try it out. You may want to save it for that game you really don’t want to miss.
An iPad optimized app is promised in May, and an Android app is “coming soon.”
If you are a fan of ESPN Radio, you might want to check out the ESPN Radio app for iPhone, iPad, or Android.
Get the WatchESPN iPhone app from the App Store.