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ESPN has finally released an Android version of their WatchESPN app, which allows users to watch ESPN on their mobile device wherever they are.

The app allows consumers to watch content from ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3 and ESPN U. In order to use the app, you must download the latest version of Adobe Air.

This is perfect for the  ultimate sports fan that must have access to ESPN all the time. There is a caveat however: this app is completely dependent on the approval of the cable companies.

Here is a list of cable companies who have approved it thus far:

  • Bright House Networks
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Verizon FIOS
  • Verizon High Speed Internet (If you only buy Internet from Verizon and not the entire package, you will only have access to ESPN3)

Unfortunately, this leaves a lot of consumers in the dust and out of luck. Hopefully either the rest of the cable companies will be quick to approve it or ESPN will just release it universally. For those who have the above providers, the app link and press release is after the break.

'WatchESPN' App Now Available on Android Devices

App Gives Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV Subscribers Live Access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com Content on Android Phone and Tablet Devices

NEW YORK, N.Y. – ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com are now available on Android phone and tablet devices to Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV subscribers who receive ESPN's linear networks as part of their video subscription. The WatchESPN App, can be downloaded via the Android Market beginning today. ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater will also be available when those networks are in season.

The free App – first launched to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch in April, 2011 – features a simple user interface that takes the live viewing experience to the high-resolution, Multi-Touch displays of Android devices. Once a user downloads WatchESPN from the Android Market, he will receive instructions to enter the appropriate cable subscriber credentials to begin accessing ESPN content from the device.

The WatchESPN App is available free for Android devices from the Android Market and for Apple devices from the App Store.

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.

 
There are 24 comments

Another app (hbo go) that I can't access on my dx with gingerbread.. Wtf

jarays212 says:

Video is a little choppy but works.........but sound isn't working. OG Droid. This app needs work. Excited about the idea of having it tho.

greatone_pro says:

Now what's wrong with this picture. Time Warner jumps on board with WatchESPN but they can't jump on board with HBO Go and HBO is OWNED by Time Warner....

The failure here is massive.

Not really. Don't forget that Time Warner Cable it not owned by Time Warner anymore.

biged214 says:

Barcode didn't find it for me on the market with my xoom. Had to manually look it up

gvndeb60 says:

You say the service providers have to approve it. It is more like the service providers need to pay ESPN....

schwin97 says:

Anyone having issues with audio? I can see the stream, but can't hear anything...

slugabed#WN says:

no audio here either. 1 out 3 phones at work has audio......

atrix works
thunderbolt no
og droid no

vbwake19 says:

Cool, but as with the hbo, no need when ya have slingbox! And as a proud fios customer im happy to see its not on optimum. F cablevision and Dolan. Make the switch!

vxaxv17 says:

Would love to, but FIOS is still not in brookhaven and apparently never will be. Why verizon refuses to do this is anyones guess. Cablevision sucks but verizon is even worse for ignoring the 2nd largest town on LI and its 500,000 people. F verizon.

micl9 says:

Neither link work for me - did a manual search on my DX
Works great for me (w/ Time Warner)

tjubb says:

As usual, Comcast nowhere to be found on the list. Why would they ever consider being on the cutting edge or ahead of the pack. Disappointed yet again.

Nirvana328 says:

Is it me, or does something not add up? If I already pay my cable company to access these shows on my television, then why all the fuss to watch them on my phone? It's the same content, just a different format. Plus why are these companies so pathetically behind the times that ESPN or HBO has to be the one to allow me to watch TV on my phone in the first place? All of this stinks imo.

edit:

Just checked out Slingbox, which looks really awesome. Guess I don't care anymore about those backwards cable companies anymore. Their loss is Slingbox's gain.

BrianTufo says:

Sweet glad I have DirecTV so can't use this app. Thanks for nothing ESPN/DirecTV!

No sound, dx. SO stupid. More half baked apps..

skbgiants says:

EVO 4G. Works perfectly over 4g as it should. STILL one of the top of the line phones, probably won't go anywhere else but HTC. Wi-Max sucks battery dry. Buy extras.

zdroid says:

just choose fios and it will work even without fios account

If I'm not mistaken, this is the same list of companies that support ESPN3.com. They have licensing agreements in place that let people access ESPN's content 24/7.

It seems like all they did was put ESPN3 into a dedicated (Air) app.

comcast gets espn3 but no access to this app.

comcast gets espn3 but no access to this app.

retnuh says:

Never could get it to work on my Captivate with Phoenix Ultimate. I have FIOS.

Mike77 says:

Works fine for me on Epic.

omarnova says:

hopefully this post can update if and when other cable companies approve

For anyone that wants to try this but your provider is not listed:

Download the app from the market

Download adobe Air from the market(if you do not already have it)

Start the set-up process and choose any provider(I chose Verizon High Speed)

At some point during the process it will give you the option to finish setting up your account later, select this option.

You will now have a four hour preview before you must finish the set-up process using your provider credentials

I'm watching the Red Sox/Minnesota MLB game and it's pretty darn cool. Video quality is somewhat pixelated, but it could also be worse. Sound is fine for me using HTC ThunderBolt. I am watching via Verizon 3G with no lag or buffering. It switche between content kinda half assed. The Red Sox game ended(Sox won) and Sportscenter was next up. Well the video freezes and says "this program has ended". Took me several tries to finally get Sportcenter to start playing. Had to back out and choose the game(that was already over) several times.

Hopefully COX gets this app pretty soon(doubt it) because between this and HBO GO, it makes Android a nice multimedia platform(for me).