The final nails of the terrestrial television coffin are slowly being hammered in as the major networks and sporting leagues drag their feet to offer more affordable live streaming options. Today, during Disney's earnings release, chairman and CEO Bob Iger may have sped up the end of traditional television by announcing ESPN Plus. The struggling network will roll out an updated ESPN app to target "cord-nevers," according to CNBC.
ESPN rolled out a new version of their Apple TV app that allows users the ability to watch four live streams simultaneously. The new MultiCast feature is designed for ESPN subscribers to keep an eye on multiple games so they don't have to miss any action. MultiCast is perfect for the college football fans, or those nights when two or more of your favorite teams are playing. It will also allow you to check up on your team's rivals, or watch your best fantasy football players all at the same time.
ESPN has rebranded its mobile app again, this time dropping SportsCenter from the name and adding iPad support for the first time. The SportsCenter app was retitled ESPN SportsCenter in 2013, but it is now just being called "ESPN." The update also adds optimization for the larger iPhone 6 models.
The new version of the app is basically the same as the previous version but now it takes advantage of the iPad's larger display. Users can still easily access the Scores and News categories plus ESPN NOW, which was added in version 4.0. The NOW section offers more breaking news than the News section which includes the day's top stories in a more classic long article format.
ESPN is making it real easy for soccer fans to stream and keep updated on the 2014 FIFA World Cup. FIFA fans with a cable subscription will be able to watch and stream all 64 World Cup matches from Brazil. This includes all matches aired on ABC and any ESPN channels. There will also be no pesky blackouts since ESPN has full rights to the event in the U.S..
iOS users can live stream matches to their iPad or iPhone using the free WatchESPN app, and stay updated on all the latest news by downloading ESPN's new World Cup app. The ESPN FC Soccer & World Cup app features full-time and exclusive in-game highlights, breaking news and coverage of all the major club leagues. Fans will also be able to stream matches from the free Watch ABC app.