ESPN+ streaming service launching April 12

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Disney today announced that ESPN+, the network’s direct-to-consumer streaming service, is launching on April 12 and will be priced at $4.99 per month.

ESPN+ is arriving as part of a redesign for the ESPN and the service will be available through the app along with authenticated access to ESPN’s traditional linear television networks.

“ESPN was built on a belief in innovation and the powerful connection between sports and a remarkable array of fans. That same belief is at the heart of ESPN+ and the new ESPN App. With ESPN+, fans have access to thousands more live games, world class original programs and on-demand sports content, all at a great price. They will get all of that as a part of a completely re-imagined, increasingly personalized ESPN App that provides easy, one-stop access to everything ESPN offers,” said ESPN President James Pitaro in a statement.

“The launch of ESPN+ marks the beginning of an exciting new era of innovation for our media businesses – one defined by an increasingly direct and personal relationship with consumers. This new product reflects our direct-to-consumer strategy focused on combining our beloved brands with our proprietary, industry-leading technology to give users unparalleled access to our world-class content,” said Kevin Mayer, chairman of Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International businesses, in a statement.

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The new official announcement for ESPN+’s launch date includes more information about the service’s programming lineup which will include live sports, original shows and films, exclusive studio programs and an on-demand library.

ESPN+ will offer one MLB game and one NHL game per day throughout the regular seasons for each sport. It amounts to more than 180 baseball and hockey games each.

The service will also include a year-round boxing schedule, more than 250 Major League Soccer matches and college sports including football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, track & field, gymnastics, swimming & diving, lacrosse, wrestling, volleyball, golf and more from conferences including the America East, ASun, Big South, Big West, Horizon, Ivy League, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Missouri Valley, NEC, Southern Conference, Southland, Summit League, Sun Belt, WAC and many more.

The service is also promising more than 100 days of coverage from 31 PGA Tour events, hundreds of tennis matches from tournaments like Wimbledon and the U.S. Open as well as hundreds of rugby and cricket matches.

Users can add on MLB.TV for an additional $24.99 per month. Add on access to the NHL games is debuting with the 2018 season.