Hell Freezes Over: ESPN360 to Comcast

19 May 2009

The joke is way too obvious, it took ESPN losing the Champions League rights before making a deal with Comcast over ESPN360.

In a press release today, ESPN announced a deal has been reached to place ESPN360 on Comcast's high speed internet service. While the press release reads like ESPN360 should be available now, my feeling is it will be made available about the time ESPNU moves to its new home on Comcast. It's no coincidence both deals were announced in the same press release.

Make no bones about it, this was the big fish ESPN has been trying to catch. For frustrated soccer fans, many will be wondering what's the point now? Why should we care that ESPN360 is now available when the product we wanted it for is no longer going to be available on it?.

It all boils down to being able to follow more leagues, without having to pay for an extra subscription. Just looking at the ESPN360 calendar now for the next week, the Serie A, Portuguese League, and Football League (Championship) are all slated to air on ESPN360. Looking at what is available on 360 now, the Copa Italia, the DFB Pokal (German Cup), and the Dutch League are available for viewing. When the World Cup comes around next year, those will be on 360 as well (along with any FIFA sanctioned tourney ie U-20 and U-17 World Cups, Confederations Cup, and the Women's World Cup). Oh and let's not forget about Major League Soccer.

Just because the Champions League is gone from ESPN, having ESPN360 will give us access to leagues/competitions we wouldn't normally have access to, along with an opportunity to catch a peak at FIFA competitions while at work. Just be weary about not hitting up against Comcast's 60GB of bandwidth for use a month. However, it would take quite a bit of viewing for you to hit up against that sort of cap.

A special thanks to Jeffrey Hash for sending me the info on this news story.

2 comments:

eplnfl May 19, 2009 at 9:40 PM  

Good to hear, but once the CL leaves it takes something away from it. It was nice to come home from work and call up the CL game.

Could be real helpful for tennis season.

Mad About Fútbol May 19, 2009 at 11:04 PM  

Some timing. I'm leaving Connecticut and now I am looking to get Uverse... these asswipes.

Look forward to having you on the show.

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