WatchESPN Launches on Windows 8

WatchESPN-win8-1.jpgESPN launched WatchESPN on Windows 8 today, giving Windows 8 tablet and desktop users access to live events from ESPN’s networks as well as news and highlight clips.  ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, Buzzer Beater and Goal Line will be available to users who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.  News and highlight clips are available to all fans.

WatchESPN on Windows 8 takes full advantage of the Windows 8 platform, including the ability to pin the app on your Start screen with a Live Tile that displays the top live events, Snap functionality and more.

Download the WatchESPN app in the Windows Store today.

WatchESPN comes to Roku

Screen Shot 2013-11-12 at 10.33.57 AMWatchESPN continues its platform expansion today as it finds a new home on Roku.  Starting today, Roku users who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider can enjoy content from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNews, ESPNDeportes, Buzzer Beater and Goal Line on their Roku devices.

Roku users will also find news and highlight clips easily accessible from the WatchESPN home screen.

Click here to add the WatchESPN channel to your Roku device.

Android Users Rejoice: New WatchESPN App Update Now Available

1. Android Home

The day is finally here.  Android users that enjoy sports at home and on the go with WatchESPN have been patiently waiting for today’s new update for smartphones and tablets, available for download now in the Google Play store.  In addition to a complete refresh of the app, those who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider now have access to Monday Night Football live on their tablet devices starting with Monday’s Veterans Day Miami Dolphins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers matchup.  The new app also introduces on-demand clips surrounding the latest news and must see videos accessible to all sports fans.  ESPN Front Row spoke to Damon Phillips (VP, WatchESPN & ESPN3) about the launch.

What was the impetus for releasing this latest update to the WatchESPN Android app?

The update has been a long time coming for Android loyalists, and we’ve completely reimagined the app from both a visual layout and content standpoint to better serve this audience.  Our team put a lot of time and effort into making sure that our new Android app follows the design guidelines as outlined by Google.  The design is responsive, so it looks great on a variety of screen sizes on both smartphones and tablets.  Live access to ESPN networks will continue to be made available, but we’re taking it one step further for Android users by adding Monday Night Football on tablets and on-demand clips, the latter of which is accessible to all sports fans.

Can you talk about the on-demand clips strategy through WatchESPN on other platforms (Xbox, Apple TV, iOS app)?

Yes, we’re evolving WatchESPN into a one-stop shop for sports video content, yet there’s a different experience that leverages what each platform does best.  On Xbox, users need to have an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription to access personalized video clips of favorite teams and sports.  The iOS app allows for fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider to watch top videos in split screen mode simultaneously with live programming.  And on Apple TV, WatchESPN delivers curated on-demand video to its content offering, including highlights and news clips from and short-form segments from programs such as E:60, Outside The Lines, SC Featured and Sport Science.

Play Center on

Play Center on

Never miss a moment with ESPN’s new College Football Play Center, launching today on the homepage (today!) Saturday, August 31st.  With a live stream of instant video highlights for all of the big games, the CFB Play Center makes it easier than ever to follow all of the action each week.

Key Features:

  • Top Plays: We’ve got our experts watching games all day, making sure sure you also see this week’s can’t-miss plays.
  • Scoring Plays: Miss a touchdown in the big game?  Don’t worry, we’ve got it.
  • Social Stream: Follow along as our analysts and writers comment in real time.

Check it out every Saturday on the homepage, kicking off with our noon games and running throughout the afternoon.

Live Toolbar on WatchESPN


We just released a major update to the WatchESPN app on iOS for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.   The latest WatchESPN version introduces several new enhancements, including Live Toolbar, which enhances content discovery and introduces more interactivity.

Live Toolbar – available for iPad only – is designed with three main tabs across the bottom scroll of the screen.

  • Live TV Lineup – an interactive channel guide that allows fans to easily navigate between ESPN live programming without exiting video
  • Scores – allows fans to navigate between live, upcoming and concluded games with scores, stats and video highlights
  • Top Videos – robust on-demand video offering of the latest news, highlights and analysis.  Fans are able to watch Top Videos in spilt screen mode simultaneously with live programming

Additional enhancements to the update for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch include:

  • Access to ESPN3 for college students and military personnel on the WatchESPN app via on-campus (.edu) and on-base (.mil) Wi-Fi networks
  • App to app linking to the WatchABC app which enables easier navigation to view ESPN on ABC events

You can download the WatchESPN application here:
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