U-verse customers now get access to WatchESPN on smartphones and tablets

An announcement was made today by ESPN and AT&T that AT&T U-verse and customers now have access to WatchESPN. This announcement expands the list of participating providers which include: Bright House Networks, Cablevision - Optimum, Charter, Comcast XFINITY, Cox, Midcontinent Communications, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon FIOS.

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What is WatchESPN?

Via the app, and through the web site WatchESPN.com, WatchESPN (formerly ESPN Networks) provides access to live ESPN programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Computers, smart phones, tablets, and the XBox 360 (with Xbox LIVE Gold subscription) can now tap into the varying ESPN networks, live events and shows for all-day sports content.

Streaming access is available from the following networks: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 (Internet-only channel through participating Internet Service Providers), ESPNU, Buzzer Beater, and Goal Line. The live events to be streamed include: NBA Regular Season and Playoffs, The Masters, U.S. Open, and The Open Championship, College Football and Basketball, Barclays Premier League, All 4 Grand Slam Tennis Events, plus thousands more live events airing on the ESPN networks.

Some of the ESPN show offerings include: SportsCenter, PTI, Mike and Mike In The Morning, SportsNation, and ESPN Original Studio Shows.

ESPN on XBox Live

There are some stand out features for WatchESPN for those with an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription.

There is a "My Sports" section where a sports fan can include his or her favorite teams and sports and will be given a personalized feed each day of news and highlights.

Jumping from game to game is simple with the "Mini Guide" docked to the bottom of the screen. "Scoreboard" lets the user jump to a live scoreboard and "Split Screen" allows them to watch more than one game at once, or keep track of scores in one split, and the best game in another.

With Split Screen, each game can be controlled (paused, rewinded) independently.

A new feature, "Interactive ESPN BottomLine," allows the sports fan to keep up with score changes and highlights, plus score updates and news from around the globe. Jumping to a story or any game can be done with a quick voice command using Kinect.

Can I access WatchESPN internationally?

A common quesion about access to WatchESPN is it's availability across the globe. The sad answer for those outside of the United States: "At this time, WatchESPN is only available on U.S. domestic internet and wireless services."

I am hearing more and more though regarding streaming sports availability which is one of the primary reasons holding many a would-be cable cutter back.

Marrying sports streaming to particular ISPs and/or Cable TV providers seems to be the way at the moment though, keeping people on the coaxial leash.