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Videos can be shared
Location Tracking
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Photo Sharing
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The ESPN app allows users to stream live sporting events and enjoy original programming via a mobile device. The ESPN app is rated for users of 10 years of age and older and features advertisements and in-app purchases.  It can be downloaded in both the App Store and the Google Play Store. This app is safe for kids.

About ESPN
Category
Sports
In-App Purchases
yes
Rating
Everyone 10+

What is ESPN?

The ESPN app allows users to stream live sporting events and enjoy original programming via a mobile device.

 

While the ESPN app is free to download and cable subscribers can access content on the app, users must subscribe to an ESPN+ plan to take advantage of most of the app’s perks and additional coverage.

 

The ESPN app is rated for users of 10 years of age and older and features advertisements and in-app purchases.  It can be downloaded in both the App Store and the Google Play Store.

 

Users with cable subscriptions can access the ESPN app for uninterrupted coverage, much like they would find on any of ESPN’s eight cable channels. Cable subscribers are only able to access content applicable to the channels to which they subscribe and is dependent on their particular cable provider’s sports coverage.

 

For example, if a user’s provider is showing a Penn State game and UCLA is playing at the same time, the user will only be able to access the Penn State game.

 

As more and more consumers opt to ditch cable and rely directly on streaming, the ESPN app was designed to compete in the content streaming market.

 

An additional feature of the ESPN app is ESPN+, which allows those users who do not have a cable television subscription or those who wish to have further access to sporting event coverage.  Paying $4.99 per month users would be able to access scores, live events, podcasts, shows and sports documentaries.

 

ESPN+ offers more than the ESPN app, especially regarding more obscure sports and smaller college games, which provides added appeal for those ESPN fans desiring a more customized experience.

 

Like other streaming apps in the market, exclusive content is the key to pulling in subscribers and the ESPN app is no different. ESPN+ subscribers will have access to content not found elsewhere, including live streaming sporting events and the ability to access ESPN’s full library of “30 for 30” documentaries.

 

The Home screen in the ESPN app features scores, articles, and updates on those sports and specific teams a user follows.

 

An interesting feature of the ESPN app is if a user is searching for a particular team’s scores, and that team is playing live, a banner will alert that user that the game is available to stream at that moment.

Is ESPN safe for my kids?

The ESPN app sounds like a sports fan’s dream but the reality is a bit different. It appears that ESPN still has a lot of kinks to work out with their app and its interface.

Common user complaints include difficulty in navigating, particularly for a mobile device. The app requires users to drill deep into menus to find the content they’re looking for and ad pop-ups become a nuisance when trying to read sports articles.

Other users complain that the ESPN app is not designed with the end user in mind, particularly after the latest update, and that individual user feeds seem to be dictated by ESPN and not the user’s preferences.

Overall, there’s not much about the ESPN app to cause concern for parents, and sports fanatics may benefit from having a plethora of sports content at their fingertips for just $5 per month.

This app is safe for kids.

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