Less than 48 hours after Apple added new video content from Vevo, Weather Channel, Disney Channel, Disney XD and Smithsonian Channel to its $99 Apple TV set-top box, ESPN announced Wednesday it’s enabled access to two new channels – News and Deportes – on the Apple TV and iOS devices, through the WatchESPN software for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

This is important because ESPN is a global powerhouse.

Owned as a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and Hearst Corporation, the U.S.-based cable and satellite television channel is a lot of people’s go-to source for all things sports…

ESPN announced in a media release that its WatchESPN app will also serve content from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, and ESPN Goal Line/Buzzer Beater.

Note that ESPN streaming is available only to cable subscribers with Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity TV, Midcontinent Communications, Cablevision’s Optimum TV, Cox, Charter or AT&T U-verse.

According to ESPN, streaming is “coming soon” to NRTC members’ customers. Additionally, ESPNNews and Deportes are coming soon to ESPN on Xbox Live to Gold members, the network said.

ESPNNews offers live coverage of sports competitions and ESPN Deportes is for Spanish-language sports broadcasts. ESPN earlier this month improved its iPhone and iPad app (pictured below) by adding a Live Toolbar feature and the ability to watch two videos simultaneously.

WatchESPN 1.7 for iOS (iPad screenshot 001)

The app is available free of charge from the App Store.

The 9MB download supports an iPhone, iPod or iPad running iOS 6.0 or later.

Apple enabled WatchESPN on the Apple TV back in june, along with subscription-based HBO GO streaming and free on-demand and live video from Sky News and Asian drama streaming services, Crunchyroll and Qello.

  • Juan Rohrmann

    Is it viewable outside of the US?

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Nope at least not in the UK. At the moment the only way for me to watch channels such as ESPN on my Apple TV is to fire up my computer and use my providers website and then use a remote desktop app on my iPhone or iPad and then use AirPlay mirroring to get it onto the Apple TV. All of the above is long, tedious and pointless. My provider has an AppStore app but for reasons I don’t understand blocks AirPlay mirroring…

      • Juan Rohrmann

        Thank you. That is really helpful.

  • sirwhistle

    what about dish subscribers?

  • Lee

    What about the rest of the world? Contrary to what they think, American’s are not the be all and end all of the world. I can watch ESPN3 through my provider online, so why not on here?

  • William Velasquez

    I been waiting for this update now i can watch espndeportes …!

  • Biken Dangol

    Is their jailbreak for Apple tv 3 ? I need help ?

  • Aklrt

    Does everyone see that the article description and the picture description are not in sync on the iPhone app?