via press release:
Over a Dozen College Conference Channels Now Available on WatchESPN
A total of 15 branded destinations will deliver live access to men’s and women’s college basketball events from across ESPN networks in time for Championship Week
ESPN today launches over a dozen college conference channels on WatchESPN, aggregating conference-related programming from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPNEWS. A total of 15 branded destinations can now be streamed on televisions through WatchESPN via Apple TV and Roku, delivering live men’s and women’s college basketball events from across ESPN networks in time for Championship Week as well as replays of college football games. Conference channels at launch include: ACC, America East, Atlantic Sun, Big South, Big West, HBCUs (Mid-Eastern Athletic, Southwestern Athletic and Central Intercollegiate Athletic) Horizon, Mid-American, Metro Atlantic Athletic, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Southern, Sun Belt and.
“With the rapid adoption of connected devices and the rising popularity of WatchESPN, we are able to offer college conferences the opportunity to have their own branded destinations for live events and on-demand video on a nationwide level,” said Damon Phillips, Vice President, WatchESPN & ESPN3. “ESPN provides scale and discoverability to deliver these channels in a way that would not have been possible without WatchESPN.”
“These new conference channels on WatchESPN will showcase the breadth and depth of our college sports coverage,” said Rosalyn Durant, Vice President, College Sports Programming, ESPN. “But most importantly, they will allow us to better serve the fans.”
Later this year, the channels on WatchESPN will include live college football, Olympic event and non-event (news, highlights, analysis and feature) programming plus on-demand video clips from ESPN.com. They will also be accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and other connected devices via WatchESPN at a later date.
ESPN is slated to deliver a total of more than 2,000 live men’s and women’s college basketball games through Championship Week in the 2013-14 season across its networks – all of which are accessible on WatchESPN. Specifically, ESPN3 – ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network – will deliver 570 exclusive men’s and women’s college basketball games this season, up 50 percent compared to the previous year.
Launched in April 2011, WatchESPN delivers live access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Buzzer Beater/Goal Line on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox, Apple TV and Roku. It is currently accessible in 55 million households nationwide to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from AT&T U-verse® TV, Bright House Networks, Cablevision’s Optimum TV, Charter, Comcast Xfinity TV, Cox, Google Fiber, Midcontinent Communications, Time Warner Cable, or Verizon FiOS TV (coming soon to NRTC members’ customers). WatchESPN also delivers on-demand video clips from ESPN.com accessible to all users on select platforms.