Time Warner Cable Customers To Finally Get ESPN3 Access Next Monday

It’s been more than a month since Time Warner Cable and Disney ironed out their differences and announced that customers of the cable company would be getting access to ESPN’s online portal ESPN3. Now we finally have a date — Oct. 25.

Writes Dow Jones Newswire:

If ESPN’s online channels are successful in driving viewership while protecting the TV industry’s subscription business, that could provide a vital boost to the TV industry in fulfilling its longheld aspiration of making video content available to subscribers on popular new digital media platforms, including mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. Some observers accuse the industry of being slow in that effort.

One of the reasons that TWC had been so reluctant to allow customers access to ESPN3 is that the service is paid for by the internet provider instead of by individual subscribers to the site.

Time Warner Cable, Disney to start ESPN on Web [TotalTele.com via FierceCable.com]


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  1. WiglyWorm must cease and decist says:

    Net neutrality, please.

    • DanRydell says:

      This is not a situation that would be addressed by net neutrality.

      • WiglyWorm must cease and decist says:

        Internet providers (i.e. time warner cable) refusing to carry a website is the heart of net neutrality.

        Website owners (i.e. ESPN) charging internet providers to access their content is similarly at the heart of net neutrality.

        • DanRydell says:

          ISPs choosing not to PAY for a PAID site for their customers has nothing to do with net neutrality.

          Websites that charge a fee for access has nothing to do with net neutrality, even if they charge that fee to ISPs instead of directly to customers.

          This situation would NOT be addressed by net neutrality. If Time Warner was blocking ESPN3, that would be addressed by net neutrality. If Time Warner was charging ESPN for being delivered to TWC customers, that would be addressed by net neutrality – not the other way around. If you can’t understand why there is a difference, then you really don’t understand net neutrality.

          • WiglyWorm must cease and decist says:

            Since net nuetrality is, by definition, about giving consumers unfettered access to the web (including giving them the option to pay for subscription sites), it is very much so a net nuetrality debate that ESPN is not giving consumers that chance.

            I can’t say I’m sure why you think that having content withheld from you because you aren’t being given the OPTION to pay for it isn’t a net nuetrality issue, but many people, including Free Press, Public Knowledge, the American Cable Association, the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies and the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association disagree with you and have brought it up to the FCC.

  2. danpeake says:

    Umm, it won’t be a barometer of the service’s success as Monday Night Football isn’t on ESPN3.

    • Kasey says:

      Remember that the deal that Time Warner has struck with Disney allows not only what everyone on the Internet currently knows as ESPN3, but also streaming of the actual ESPN/ESPN2 channels. *That* is why the access is tied to whether you are a cable subscriber or not.

      So, yes, Time Warner *cable* subscribers WILL be able to get Monday Night Football online.

  3. kaplanfx says:

    “That Monday also happens to be the night on which two of the NFL’s biggest teams — in terms of viewership — the Dallas Cowboys and the NY Giants, play each other on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. So it will provide both the sports network and the cable company with a good barometer of how customers use the service.”

    NFL games are not shown on ESPN3, it’s mostly College sports and sporting events that would not normally be televised nationally on ESPN or ESPN2 (CFL, Aussie Football, Tennis, Rowing, etc.). The service is pretty cool but don’t except to see NFL, NBA, or MLB on there, not sure about NHL.


    • danpeake says:

      MLB is on ESPN3.

    • radiantchains says:

      They occasionally have NBA games on ESPN3. Perhaps it’s a preseason-only thing, though.

      But, yeah, NFL is definitely not ever on ESPN3.

    • keepntabs says:

      ESPN3 has regular season NBA, MLB, and MLS games. Go the NBA’s website, and check out the schedule for televised games on ESPN; they will all be simulcast on ESPN3, too. The one bad thing is that the games are only available to be viewed for about 24-48 after the original broadcast time. Also, usually the best streaming quality occurs during the live airing. Often times, if something is broadcasted in HD on TV, ESPN will do the same on ESPN3, but viewing the archived stream may be lower resolution.

  4. Franklin Comes Alive! says:

    How about Qwest??? I’m tired of not having ESPN3.

  5. sonneillon says:

    Yes, but can they get ESPN8 the Ocho?

  6. LTS! says:

    Doesn’t really matter. Time Warner has tied access to ESPN3 to those who subscribe to cable service. So, if you happen to be a customer who has Road Runner but gets TV from DirecTV, Dish, or don’t have a provider then you won’t have access.

  7. Primarylupine says:

    Great, more stuff from TWC that I don’t use that will raise my bill. If you want to watch sports, go to the game.

  8. 44 in a Row says:

    *And* we have Fox. Finally, an advantage to having Time Warner in New York City!

  9. Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

    So, what this all boils down to is, if you already get ESPN, now you can get ESPN.

    ESPN STILL won’t let you sign up as a paying customer if you aren’t already a cable TV subscriber.

    • keepntabs says:

      ESPN3 shows many of the more popular sporting events that are broadcasted on ESPN/ESPN2, and a lot of sports and games that aren’t broadcasted on TV in the U.S. For instance, you can see all of the early rounds for the tennis grand slam events, soccer games of leagues from all around the world, the FIBA world basketball championship, Euro League basketball, rugby, Australian rules football, Canadian football, cricket, beach volleyball, all of the qualifying games for Little League world series, the Little League softball world series, the early rounds for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, track and field events, lacrosse, early round Bass fishing competitions, FIFA qualifying matches, early round X game events, early rounds of major golf tournaments, etc.

      I know there are a lot of people who basically stick with just the major American sports of football, basketball, baseball, and hockey, but ESPN3’s wide variety offers those of us in the States the opportunity to learn and appreciate different sports and athletes from around the world.

  10. SPOON - now with Forkin attitude says:

    who cares?

  11. rework says:

    I really didn’t know there even was an ESPN3… I guess I have it and have never seen anything on it worth watching.
    I’m all for a al cart pricing. Since they dumped the NHL, I have no need for ESPN.