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ESPN+ Expands NBA G League Coverage With New Multi-Year Deal

More than 200 NBA G League games each season will be coming to the ESPN+ streaming platform as part of a multi-year deal announced on Nov. 5. The deal started Tuesday when the Westchester Knicks defeated the Delaware Blue Coats in the G League season opener.
ESPN+ will broadcast multiple G League games per day every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the 2019 season. The agreement will also expand G league coverage across ESPN’s linear television networks, with scheduling details expected to be announced in the coming weeks according to an ESPN press release.

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“From Greensboro to Stockton, Erie to Austin, there are basketball fans all over the country. This agreement illustrates the promise and capability of ESPN+ to super serve fans,” said Russell Wolff, Executive VP and GM of ESPN+, in the press release. “We’re excited to showcase some of the developing NBA talent and bring more great basketball events to ESPN+ subscribers.”
A subscription to ESPN+ costs $4.99 per month. Additional basketball coverage already offered by ESPN+ includes the live streaming of thousands of college basketball games and hundreds of games from FIBA competitions. In September, ESPN+ also announced the addition of a sports business show featuring NBA All-Star Kevin Durant.
SportTechie Takeaway
ESPN+ surpassed one million paid subscribers just five months after the direct-to-consumer media app was released in April. The platform offers a diverse range of original programming and has secured broadcast rights to mostly niche sports leagues. While the average sports fan may not watch games from the developmental league, diehard followers of basketball will see value in this added coverage.


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ESPN+ Now Available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 Gaming Consoles

ESPN+ has increased its distribution to Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The subscription streaming network is embedded in the flagship ESPN app, which the network recently updated.
The addition of the gaming consoles adds to a lengthy inventory of compatible devices: Amazon Fire devices (TV, Stick, smart TVs, Tablets), Apple (iPhone, iPad, Apple TV), Android (phones, Android TV, Chromecast), and Roku devices. ESPN+ costs $4.99 per month or $49.99 for the year. The company reported passing one million subscribers in the first five months, a total that includes existing Insider users who also received the new service.
The OTT channel specializes in live sports, including near-daily MLB, NHL, and MLS games and a wide array of college sports. ESPN+ is also an option for international soccer (Italy’s Serie A, England’s FA Cup, Europe’s UEFA Nations League, and more), as well as fight sports, tennis, rugby, cricket, and esports. In addition, ESPN+ carries original programming, such as Detail and the archive of “30 for 30” documentaries.
SportTechie Takeaway
The marketplace for sports streaming services is getting crowded with new entrants such as ESPN+, DAZN, B/R Live, along with offerings from legacy broadcast networks CBS, NBC, and Fox. Content is king, but distribution is queen. And ESPN+ has the backing of what was once BAMTech (and now Disney’s direct-to-consumer division) to ensure that the content is distributed smoothly.


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How to Stream and Watch the 2018 MLB Postseason

Baseball fans can catch exclusive pregame shows on Twitter before the start of five MLB postseason games this October. The preview shows will air two hours before the scheduled start of the five games, and will feature playoff highlights, matchup breakdowns, and analysis.
Playoff pregame shows can be watched via MLB’s Twitter account (@MLB) or Twitter’s livestream URL. Coverage begins Friday, Oct. 5 with a preview show of National League Division Series Game 2 (COL/CHC vs. MIL) at 2:15 p.m. ET. A preview show for Game 3 of the NLDS airs Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2:37 p.m. ET. The remaining preview shows will stream before Game 4 of the American League Championship Series (Oct. 17), Game 2 of the World Series (Oct. 24), and Game 4 of the World Series (Oct. 27).
Select postseason games can be live-streamed via MLB.TV, starting with Wednesday’s AL Wild Card matchup between the Athletics and Yankees at 8:00 p.m. ET (also available on TBS). Tuesday night’s NL Wild Card game between the Rockies and Cubs is not available with an MLB.TV subscription but can seen on ESPN with the first pitch scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET.
The NLDS will broadcast on Fox Sports 1, with the first six games also airing on MLB Network. The NLCS will air on both FOX and FS1. The ALDS and ALCS will broadcast exclusively on TBS, while the World Series will air on FOX.
There are a number of streaming providers available that give fans MLB postseason access without a cable subscription. For $40 per month, YouTube TV streams TBS, FS1, FOX, and dozens of other channels. Sling TV also offers a variety of streaming packages starting at $25 per month.


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