ESPN Finally Comes To It’s Senses And Releases WatchESPN For Android TV

 

WatchESPN_AndroidTV_Home-660x400[UPDATE: The update is live and it’s through the ESPN App not the WatchESPN app even though it’s called WatchESPN.]

ESPN everyone’s favorite sports channel covering everything sport related under the sun. Up until today, you couldn’t even watch it on Android TV but had to cast it from the app because they didn’t make an Android TV App even though every other platform had gotten one but that wait is finally over, and here it is. In the paragraphs below is the official press release.

May 17, 2016

Video Subscribers Will Be Able to Stream Live Events through the ESPN App

Disney and ESPN Media Networks have worked closely with Google to bring the complete suite of authenticated Disney/ABC and ESPN video streaming apps on Android TV. Beginning today, WatchESPN access through the ESPN app can be found in the Play Store on any Android TV and will be included in all new Nexus Players. In addition to live streaming access to ESPN networks, the app will also include short-form video clips and ESPN Classic on-demand content as part of its offering.

“This agreement with Google enhances the value of being a video subscriber to our networks,” said Sean Breen, senior vice president, affiliate sales for Disney and ESPN Media Networks. “Delivering our content seamlessly within this app-like user interface on Android TV embraces a growing trend in consumer behavior and consumption habits. We will continue to work with both traditional providers and new entrants to distribute Disney/ABC and ESPN networks in new and unique ways.”

Devices that will carry WatchESPN access through the ESPN app at launch include Sony 4K HDR Ultra HD TVs, Sharp Aquos Android TV, Google Nexus Player, Nvidia Shield and Razer Forge TV. It will also be available on select Phillips and RCA models at a later date.

WatchESPN is available to subscribers across all major television providers nationwide. In addition to today’s launch, it is also accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

Additional apps launching on Android TV from Disney/ABC Television Group will be coming soon.

So as you can see it’s coming to all Android TV devices without any select exclusives and I’m not sure why Philips and RCA will be at a later date but we’ll aim to find out and update this article if we get a response. In addition the update hasn’t gone live yet as it doesn’t show compatible on any Android TV device but we’ll let you know when it’s here.  IT’S HERE! See update above.

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Source: ESPN Media Zone

Anthony Garera

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  • Kawshik Ahmed

    Yes! Finally !!!!!!!

  • Karl Hintz

    All NEW Nexus Players?!?!? 😀

    • NashGuy

      I saw that too! I recently bought a Nexus 5X phone and have begun my transition from Apple to Android. Would love to get an updated Nexus Player with ATSC tuner (either build-in or external), so here’s hoping!

  • ludist210

    This is huge, especially with all of ABC/Disney coming to Android TV (finally). Now to get NBC on board…

    • DirkBelig

      Still waiting for Amazon to get over themselves.

  • NashGuy

    Starz also introduced their new app (for both standalone and cable subscribers) today to Android TV.