It’s no secret that ESPN, the largest sports network in the country, wants to be accessible on every screen, everywhere. Over the past few years, the company has done its due diligence to make sure people can watch the family of networks no matter where they happen to be. On Tuesday, the network unveiled yet another way viewers can tune in.
Starting today, the sports giant is making its WatchESPN app available to all users through Google’s Chomecast streaming dongle.
The support for Chromecast will now let users who already have the WatchESPN app on iOS or Andriod send those streams directly to their television sets. This will now allow users to watch a variety of programs from networks like ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, ESPN U, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes and ESPN 8 “The Ocho“. Okay, that last one isn’t real, but all the other networks are now accessible via Chromecast.
Unfortunately, if you think you don’t need a cable or satellite subscription to watch ESPN programming, you are sadly mistaken. WatchESPN links up your service account to prove that you pay for the content you are receiving.
ESPN’s cousins, ABC and Disney Channel, will also see Chromecast support coming to their respective apps — WatchABC and WatchDisney — in the near future.
Mike’s Musings: As someone with only one room in the house with Cable, this news is awesome to me. Being able to just hook up my Chromecast and get the same sports programming I’d get in the living room is great. Coincidence that it comes right before the start of the FIFA World Cup? I think not.