Roku owners can now rejoice in the knowledge that their holiday seasons will be filled with much more sports (as long as their cable provider supports it, of course). Today, Roku became the latest device to get the WatchESPN app, which allows users to stream live content from a handful of ESPN-affiliated networks.
As with all streaming devices that offer this ESPN content, it’s all tied to cable providers. If you want to stream WatchESPN programming through your Roku, you’ll have to be a paying customer of Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Midcontinent Communications, Cablevision’s Optimum TV, Cox, AT&T U-verse TV, Charter or Google Fiber.
Google Fiber just announced their deal with Disney for WatchESPN and Watch Disney last month.
Roku users get ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPN Goal Line, and ESPN Buzzer Beater right away, and the additional Disney content (WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Junior and WATCH Disney XD) later this month.
“We’re always working hard to grow our entertainment selection and we’re very excited to add these premium brands to our platform of 1000+ streaming channels. Happy streaming,” said Ed Lee, Roku VP of content acquisition.
WatchESPN and Watch Disney are the latest channels to come to Roku, who has been beefing up their offerings pretty consistently in recent months. Roku recently announced Redbox Instant and Spotify as new options for users. Earlier this year, the company announced a significant milestone – 5 million players sold and over 8 billion streams.
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