Current Cable Subscribers Can Watch ESPN for Free on Their iPhones

We told you how to watch every game of March Madness on your iPhone, but what do you do now that the tournament is over? If you are still looking for a free way to get your sports fix on your iPhone, then pay attention.

Streaming content to mobile devices is a hot topic right now. Time Warner Cable has recently gotten into hot water over their iPad app that streams TV channels to subscribers’ devices. While it looks like some networks are unhappy with the way the digital revolution is going, others are embracing it.

ESPN liked the idea of streaming content to user’s devices so much that they made their own iOS app for it

If you currently have ESPN in your cable or dish TV package, then chances are you qualify for the new WatchESPN app. The iOS software was released a few days ago and allows you to watch select ESPN content on your iPhone. The free download will request your zip code and the name of your cable provider before giving you access to its library of sports media.

A free myESPN account is also needed to use the app beyond the initial preview, but nothing else is limited. You can watch live and recorded content over 3G or Wi-Fi for 4 hours before the trial expires and the myESPN account is required. The streaming quality isn’t impressive, but it falls in line with other iOS apps in the same category.

The library of previously recorded content is fairly weak, but there’s obviously copyright laws at play there. On the contrary, the live option is very useful. NBA games and other major sporting events appear live and in their entirety, making this a great way to check in on your favorite sports team while out and about.

WatchESPN is available in the App Store and is completely free. It is compatible with all iDevices, but there is an iPad-specific version scheduled to launch sometime in May.

Have you tried WatchESPN yet?