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ESPN360.com
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Country  United States
Availability National
Founded by George Bodenheimer
Owner The Walt Disney Company (80%)
Hearst Corporation (20%)
Launch date 2005
Official Website ESPN360.com

ESPN360.com is a broadband network for live sports programming in North America, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Middle East and Europe (except Italy). In the U.S. the network can only be accessed through Internet service providers who have signed up and paid ESPN for the service. The entire service is paid by the individual as a part of their ISP cost, whether they use the service or not. There are occasions where ESPN360.com is "all access" and permits all individuals to access the site. These periods are advertised on the ESPN family of networks. (In that way, ESPN360.com is similar to the ESPN cable networks, in which distributors sign carriage deals.) Outside the US the service is available via both subscribing and non-subscribing ISPs with some of the content offered on a subscription basis only.

Beginning in 2008, ESPN360.com is also offered free to all high-speed college and university (.edu) and U.S. military (.mil) IP addresses.

As of September 1, 2007 ESPN360.com relaunched with an "emphasis on live events" [1] including NCAA college football, NCAA college basketball (both men's and women's), NASCAR, NBA basketball, The Masters, Wimbledon and UEFA Champions League. Many of the games are simulcast from ESPN and ESPN2, while others (such as Serie A and Stanford 20/20) are exclusive U.S. broadcasts. ESPN360.com broadcasts often feature exclusive special features, such as additional courts at the Australian Open and Spanish streaming of UEFA Champions League matches.

The service was also the official US rights holder for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.

Beginning in August 2009, ESPN360 began screening Australian rules football. Up to three matches a week from the Australian Football League are broadcast live or delayed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at various time slots. Night games will screen live from 2AM PT/5AM EST onwards.

ESPN360.com allows users to chose from up to 10 live games or events at once. The games and events can be watched on 6 different screens at once. The service allows users to pause, re-wind and fast-forward games and events.

Starting February 20, 2008, ESPN360.com began live streaming select games in HD-quality, beginning that day with the NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns that saw Shaquille O'Neal debut for the Suns. Since then, ESPN360.com has shown numerous events in HD, including additional basketball games and other special events, like The Masters.

ESPN360.com uses Move Media Player technology.

Contents

Current U.S. programming

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Football

Even though ESPN broadcasts Monday Night Football, it is notably absent from espn360.com

Soccer

Motorsports

Golf

Tennis

Basketball

Baseball

Other

Controversy

ESPN360 is only available to ISPs that have paid for the service. This has been a point of controversy, since it leaves a large number of customers unable to use it. For instance, Time Warner Cable, the 2nd largest cable provider in the nation, has not paid for ESPN360.

To add to the controversy ESPN has rolled over its online ESPN GamePlan package to ESPN360.com as of September 1, 2007. On-line viewers that do not have an ESPN360.com affiliated ISP will be unable to receive the Gameplan content online. However, individuals who do have an ESPN360.com affiliated ISP will get the ESPN GamePlan or ESPN Full Court content online for free[2].

As of February, 2009, however, if you tie your "myESPN" account to your affiliated ISP access, you can access ESPN360.com from a computer that is NOT on your ISP's network. This effectively make ESPN360.com access available to myESPN viewers outside their ISP's network. However, due to technical problems that remain unresolved, this feature still does not work.

Current List of Service Providers

An updated list of ESPN360 affiliates in the United States can be viewed here:
Affiliates List

External links

ESPN360.com


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