The Xbox 360’s ESPN app has received a major update today, one which now brings it all of ESPN’s programming—provided you’ve got a cable subscription and the right provider.
Xbox Live’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb made the announcement today, stating that now all of ESPN’s live network programming through WatchESPN—including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, Buzzer Beater, Goal Line, SportsCenter, SportsNation, and the Mike and Mike Show—will be available through the app. As well, this includes ESPN’s coverage of the NFL, Monday Night Football, the MLB, and the NBA.
Hhere are the details for what features the ESPN on Xbox will now be providing:
ESPN on Xbox allows you to choose your favorite sports and teams and designate these channels as “My Sports,” so you can jump directly into the games and content you care most about. ESPN on Xbox will automatically provide you with a personalized daily feed of live events, news and highlights based on “My Sports,” catching you up on only the teams and sports you care most about.
The mini-guide gives you a preview and quick access to all the sports content you care about right at the bottom of the screen. This fall it is all about football, and now the best fans don’t have to miss anything. Is another game tied up late in the fourth quarter? Instantly switch to that game. Halftime? Play the earlier highlights.
Because true sports fans want to watch more than one game at a time, ESPN on Xbox has a split screen, allowing you to watch two events at once. Watch live events on both screens or a live event on one while you catch up on news and highlights on the other. You can even control both screens independently, pausing and rewinding each separately so you never miss a second of the action.
Gesture Control and Voice Control with Kinect for Xbox 360
Focus on your team instead of looking for the remote. Navigate through the content guide, skip to the next highlight, or play, pause, and rewind that big play…all with the wave of your hand or the sound of your voice.
Too many big games to keep track of in your head? Not to worry – ESPN on Xbox now lets you tag games and set reminders so you never miss a moment.
Interactive ESPN BottomLine
The ESPN BottomLine keeps you in the know with breaking news and score updates from around the world of sports. Xbox has added interactive functionality that raises the bar for fans everywhere, with live alerts and the capability to jump to different sports or skip to the next story.
In order to make use of WatchESPN, you’ll need a cable subscription from Bright House Networks, Comcast XFINITY, Midcontinent Communications, Time Warner Cable, or Verizon FIOS. If you don’t have one of those, then it is assumed that you’d just continue to get the usual ESPN3 content that you were getting before today.