No Watching ESPN On iOS For Comcast Subscribers

You probably have heard of people who have cancelled their cable TV service because they watch television via the Internet. Every time that I hear about someone who doesn’t subscribe to cable or satelite I say to myself, I could never do that because I watch sports. Today I realized that might be changing when I first learned about the WatchESPN app.

WatchESPN is an iPhone and iPod Touch app that streams ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPN3 broadcasts. While the app runs on an iPad, it is in the smaller iPhone mode. When I first heard about this app I expected to need to pay a subscription, but instead, it is free. In order to watch the live streams in WatchESPN you need to subscribe to Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, or Verizon FiOS TV. I subscribe to Comcast, so I am not able to use WatchESPN, though perhaps in the future it will be available to Comcast subscribers.

Unfortunately, WatchESPN doesn’t help break a sports fan’s dependence on cable TV. However, there are several other options available. I should note that ESPN3.com streams live sports broadcasts and is freely available with several Internet Service Providers, including Comcast.

Major League Baseball fans can subscribe to MLB.TV and watch live baseball games with the MLB At Bat 2011 app on an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or Android phone by buying a $14.99 app. NFL Mobile is available for Verizon subscribers for a $10 monthly VCAST subscription. Basketball fans can subscribe to NBA League Pass broadband on their PC, or on an iPhone or Android smartphone, and Hockey fans can subscribe to NHL Gamecenter on their PC, and Verizon subscribers can watch NHL games live on an Android or Blackberry smartphone.

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