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    ESPN+

    If you watch your favorite FCS team on ESPN3, get ready to start paying for that privilege sometime next year as ESPN rolls out it's new streaming service on April 12, ESPN+.

    This new service will have an initial cost of $4.99 per month.


    As far as live events go, here’s what the service has:

    • One MLB game every day during baseball season.
    • One NHL game every day during hockey season.
    • A “selection of exclusive main event” boxing fights, and more undercard fights.
    • Every out-of-market MLS game (subject to blackouts) and local-market Chicago Fire games.
    • College sports from these conferences: “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.”
    • PGA Tour coverage including Thursday, Friday, and “some” Saturday and Sunday play.
    • Grand Slam tennis coverage that’s billed as a “complement” for tennis fans.
    • Rugby and cricket coverage.



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    Re: ESPN+

    Honestly though, it's only $5. You're spending more for your internet access to look at this message board.

    If it means I can get all games easily accessible in streaming format for my entire conference, maybe even all conferences nationwide, I won't hesitate to pay $5/month.

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    Re: ESPN+

    https://www.facebook.com/StadiumCollegeFootball/

    http://pluto.tv/watch/classic-movies-channel

    For Big Sky Conference games, Pluto TV and Root Sports Channel have been outstanding. Has anyone had their team live stream through Facebook?

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    Re: ESPN+

    Quote Originally Posted by RootinFerDukes View Post
    Honestly though, it's only $5. You're spending more for your internet access to look at this message board.

    If it means I can get all games easily accessible in streaming format for my entire conference, maybe even all conferences nationwide, I won't hesitate to pay $5/month.
    But they are free now on ESPN3. Currently, your IPS provider pays the costs for ESPN3. Not so with ESPN+.


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    Re: ESPN+

    Quote Originally Posted by The Cats View Post
    But they are free now on ESPN3. Currently, your IPS provider pays the costs for ESPN3. Not so with ESPN+.
    This is specialized content that they have to get additional revenue for to pay for it. Advertisers aren't falling over themselves to cover FCS football, hence why linear TV networks are covering the level less and less with each passing year.

    If this gives schools a platform to provide more video, more accessibly and with improved production quality, then I'm all for it. It really depends on what the final product looks like.

    If you're paying $5/month to watch the same crappily put together video stream that a student intern makes, then yeah, it may not be worth it. We'll have to see.

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    Re: ESPN+

    We will have to see how this shakes out. If ESPN cannibalizes ESPN3 than why are the ISPs going to keep paying for ESPN3?

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    Re: ESPN+

    Quote Originally Posted by RootinFerDukes View Post
    Honestly though, it's only $5. You're spending more for your internet access to look at this message board.

    If it means I can get all games easily accessible in streaming format for my entire conference, maybe even all conferences nationwide, I won't hesitate to pay $5/month.
    Last season almost every MVFC game was on ESPN3, and they were archived after the games ended for replays. It was fantastic. You could spend most of Saturday watching MVFC games. The way I understand it, the MVFC offers the games to ESPN for streaming for free, just to get the exposure. If I have to pay for it, will some of that money trickle down to the MVFC or FCS schools? Over the past few years of watching NDSU games I have noticed that they have been getting more commercials during games instead of this screen saying "game is in commercial break." Would like to see the FCS teams get a share of the pie finally!

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    Re: ESPN+

    I notice the CAA is not listed in the conferences participating....

    • College sports from these conferences: “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.”


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    Re: ESPN+

    Quote Originally Posted by The Cats View Post
    I notice the CAA is not listed in the conferences participating....
    CAA has a NBCSports contract I believe.


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    Re: ESPN+

    To me, it is a money grab. and one that will have me paying $5 a month. Because it is enough to be annoying, but not enough to stop me from watching the FCS football games I want to watch.

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