The free WatchESPN app that lets users tune into the family sports channels (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com) has been upgraded to version 1.1 on iOS (also available for Android) and in the process added a new UI designed just for the iPad. It sports a new tablet friendly UI, but the key restriction is still that you need to subscribe to Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks or Verizon FiOS TV to make use of the service. If you don't have one of those and need a quick hit of sports TV without your TV, there is an account preview option that gives a few hours of viewing, no authentication necessary. You can download it yourself at the iTunes link below or check out the commercial embedded after the break.
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'WatchESPN' App Now on iPad
Update Gives Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV Subscribers Live Access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com on iPad
NEW YORK, N.Y. – ESPN is proud to announce its WatchESPN App, which allows live access of ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com, is now available on iPad. The WatchESPN App gives Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV subscribers who receive ESPN's linear networks as part of their cable subscription another screen from which to watch their favorite ESPN content.
The WatchESPN App features a simple user interface that takes the live viewing experience to the high-resolution, Multi-Touch display of iPad, as well as iPhone and iPod touch. Once users download WatchESPN, they will receive instructions to enter the appropriate cable subscriber credentials to begin accessing ESPN content from any of their Apple devices.
The WatchESPN App is available free from the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and now iPad, or at www.itunes.com/appstore.
ESPN first launched an online-accessible authenticated version of ESPN in October, 2010. Authenticated versions of ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Buzzer Beater/Goal Line launched in January, 2011. Consumers can access the channels through a centralized website, ESPNnetworks.com.
About ESPN, Inc. ESPN, Inc., is the world's leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring a portfolio of more than 50 multimedia sports assets. The company is comprised of seven 24-hour domestic television networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes and ESPN 3D). ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS HD are simulcast services. Other businesses include ESPN Regional Television, ESPN International (46 networks, syndication, radio, websites), ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN3.com (broadband sports network) ESPN Mobile, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Enterprises, ESPN PPV and other growing new businesses, including ESPN on Demand and ESPN Interactive. Based in Bristol, Conn., ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN.