ESPN+ is an add-on service launched on April 12, 2018, by ESPN a Disney owned company. ESPN+ carries programming not available on regular cable subscribed ESPN like original programming, documentaries and live coverage of UFC, NHL, MLB, MLS, college sports, European soccer, and tennis, among other sports.
The UFC was a major get for ESPN, and Fight Night coverage alone will justify the cost of a subscription for many fight fans. For tennis fans, ESPN+ is the only way to catch all the action at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. For hockey fans, ESPN+ includes coverage of more than 180 NHL games during the regular season. Soccer fans get access to Serie A, the Dutch Eredivisie, the English League Championship and the EFL Cup.
A monthly plan costs $4.99 per month, or you can sign up for a yearly plan for $49.99. You can access ESPN+ content through the WatchESPN App on mobile and home devices. You can also grab ESPN+ with the brand new Disney+ bundle with Hulu for just $12.99 a month.
It’s important to note that ESPN+ is an addon service to ESPN, not a replacement as you will still need a cable subscription to watch the regular ESPN channels and all their content. This I don’t believe will change anytime soon as Disney makes a lot of money off cable subscriptions and ESPN fees.
One thing that is nice about ESPN+ is all the extra streams you get on a Saturday you may have a dozen or more live sports streams to pick from rather than just a few channels ESPN offers as part of the cable. If you are a big fan of NHL or MLB it is important to note the games on ESPN+ are select big games and not every game like you would get with an NHL.com or MLB.com subscription.
I would say if you are a big sports fan that likes all sports regardless then this is the subscription for you and does make ESPN the one-stop-shop for sports. If you are a fan who just wants to follow his favorite team then ESPN+ is not the right subscription for you going forward.