Today ESPN updated their WatchESPN app on the Apple TV to add multicast. With multicast, you can watch four games at once allowing you to stay on top of all the biggest games.
With the MultiView feature, you can swap the primary screen, flip audio, expand to full screen, and choose how many live streams appear on the screen and in what configuration.
“We want to take advantage of all the unique content we have, and make something only ESPN can do,” said Ryan Spoon, ESPN’s senior VP of digital product, design and audience development.
Also ESPN is releasing version 5.10 of its app for iOS and Android that adds a new “Watch” tab letting users access live-streaming events and shows based on their favorite teams. The update also adds ESPN3 replays to the app’s existing on-demand highlights and long-form video to mobile devices.
ESPN hopes that adding these features will keep subscribers paying for ESPN as their subscription numbers have slowly been dropping recently.
“So much of what we’ve done on our digital platforms is putting more control into the hands of our fans,” said Spoon, “whether that’s a single stream on a 5-inch phone on your pocket or the ability to merge all your favorites on your 60-inch screen.”
No date has been set to bring this feature to other devices but ESPN is looking at the possibility.
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