Disney has been working to bring its content to Google’s Android TV, and the mass-media conglomerate’s latest step to that end will make sports fans cheer. As of Tuesday, Android TV users can now stream live and on-demand ESPN programming through the WatchESPN app, provided they subscribe to a major TV provider.
As any sports fan will tell you, the sports viewing experience is far better on a TV screen than a mobile device or tablet; therefore, the arrival of the app on Android TV is welcome news. Users can find live games and shows from a range of ESPN networks: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, SEC Network, SEC Network Plus, ESPNews, ESPN Deportes, and Longhorn Network. However, it’s worth noting that access varies by cable provider. The app also offers on-demand clips, ranging from ESPN Classic content to highlights and news.
Android TV joins a growing list of devices that carry the WatchESPN app at launch, including Sony 4K HDR Ultra HD TVs, Sharp Aquos Android TV, Google Nexus Player, Nvidia Shield, and Razer Forge TV. Disney plans to add access to the app to some Phillips and RCA models down the road. Additionally, the company intends to bring similar apps from Disney/ABC Television Group to Android TV in the near future, according to Tuesday’s announcement.
“Delivering our content seamlessly within this app-like user interface on Android TV embraces a growing trend in consumer behavior and consumption habits,” said Sean Breen, senior vice president of affiliate sales for Disney and ESPN Media Networks, in a press release. “We will continue to work with both traditional providers and new entrants to distribute Disney/ABC and ESPN networks in new and unique ways.”
It’s exciting to hear that more Disney apps are coming, but in the meantime, we’ll just enjoy WatchESPN.