WatchESPN app hits the market, only available to select cable customers

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 DevicesApp Gives Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV Subscribers Live Access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and Content on Android Phone and Tablet DevicesNEW YORK, N.Y. – ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and 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, 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,, (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.

Sean Brunett