There’s little question that the way sports fans consume the sports they love has changed in big ways over the last few years. One of the biggest changes is how often people watch games via apps, and there’s one clear leader in that category—watchESPN.
On Thursday the app had an update, allowing the sporting public to also now watch both the SEC Network and the Longhorn Network. It’s no coincidence that this is happening right before ESPN’s biggest cash cow, the college football season.
The addition of those two networks will allow fans access to up to 64 football games this upcoming season, and that’s a huge leap forward for fans of those schools whose games may not normally be provided to them.
Gone are the days of multiple receivers hooked up to TV’s side by side. On most a college football Saturday, fans of the game can be seen with a game on cell phones, tablet devices, laptops and of course the traditional TV.
Having apps like watchESPN also allow smaller conferences access to viewers it normally wouldn’t have, and adding these two networks gets the viewership numbers up.
These announcements come on the back of one of the biggest partnership announcements for the Longhorn Network. In late May the network got an agreement for national distribution via Dish Network, the nation’s second-largest satellite television provider.