ESPN College Extra

ESPN College Extra is an American out-of-market sports package owned by ESPN, Inc.. It was launched on September 5, 2015 as a merger of the existing ESPN Full Court and ESPN GamePlan, each of which offered college basketball and college football broadcasts respectively.

ESPN College Extra broadcasts are drawn from the available live games from ESPN3. ESPN College Extra broadcasts college sports from NCAA FBS and FCS conferences, including football, basketball, baseball, softball.[1] The programming is across eight channels.[2]

History

ESPN College Extra was announced by ESPN, Inc. on August 28, 2015 with launch date and its schedule.[3] College Extra started broadcasting on September 5, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. with the Wofford vs. Clemson football game. At launch, the package was available on AT&T Uverse, Bright House Networks, Cox, DirecTV, select NCTC members, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS.[1]

Availability

ESPN College Extra is available with these cable and satellite providers:

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Balderston, Michael (August 31, 2015). "ESPN Launches College Extra". TV Technology. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Farrell, Mike (August 29, 2018). "Sony PlayStation Vue Launches ESPN College Extra". Multichannel. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  3. ^ Adler, Kristie (August 28, 2015). "ESPN Introduces New College Sports Service, ESPN College Extra". ESPN Press Room U.S. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Bouma, Luke (September 13, 2018). "Hulu Adds ESPN College Extra & Bases Loaded". Cord Cutters News. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
ESPN Full Court

ESPN Full Court was an out-of-market sports package in the United States that carried college basketball games. The package consisted of about 150 games annually, from the season tipoff in November to the first two rounds of the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship in mid- to late-March. The suggested retail price was $109 for the entire season, $75 for a half-season (only available in late January), and $19.95 for a single day. The season package was renewable. Full-season packages were not available for the online version.

On August 28, 2015, the channel was replaced by ESPN College Extra and the package was much less promoted or available than it has been in the past with the drawing down of pay-per-view to select special events; all of Full Court's events are available through WatchESPN via various ESPN3 streams without cost through TV Everywhere authentication.

ESPN GamePlan

ESPN GamePlan was an out-of-market sports package offering college football games to viewers throughout the United States.

GamePlan began on Labor Day weekend, and continued through the first Saturday in December. It included all regional telecasts on ABC, as well as games from various syndicators like ESPN Plus, Raycom Sports and SportsWest, and some local stations like Allentown, Pennsylvania's WFMZ-TV which broadcast locally-produced college football games. Viewers could watch games from their cable or satellite provider or on the ESPN3 broadband Internet service.

Eventually, with carriage of ESPN3 moving from computers only to smartphones, tablets and digital media players allowing access without any additional fees, GamePlan became a superfluous package, with only the few providers who refused to offer ESPN3 or where ESPN3 access was limited (for instance, rural areas) really able to compel viewers to use the service.

On August 28, 2015, the package was discontinued, along with ESPN Full Court, to make way for ESPN College Extra, which will offer a select bundle of games that would previously have been broadcast by GamePlan and Full Court.

ESPN PPV

ESPN PPV is the banner for pay-per-view events that ESPN broadcasts, including the out-of-market sports packages ESPN GamePlan (College Football, 150 extra games per year) and ESPN Full Court (College Basketball, 30 extra games per week), which merged in to ESPN College Extra in 2015 and possible Top Rank PPV fights from 2019. The network was originally launched in 1999 as ESPN Extra [1] and was renamed ESPN PPV in 2001 [2].

Most ESPN PPV games are also available on select regional sports networks and local broadcast stations as part of the ESPN Plus package and ESPN3.

In 21 April 2019, ESPN PPV aired the boxing fight between the American Terence Crawford and British Amir Khan for the WBO Welterweight title.

In Demand

In Demand (semi-capitalized as a trademark as iN DEMAND) is an American cable television service which provides video on demand services, including pay-per-view. Comcast, Cox Communications, and Charter (with former independent companies Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks) jointly own iN DEMAND.

NHL Centre Ice

For the American service, see NHL Center Ice.

NHL Centre Ice is a Canadian digital cable subscription out-of-market sports package controlled and distributed by Rogers Communications through Rogers Cable as of 2014. It is offered by three national satellite television service providers, Bell TV, TELUS Optik TV, Telus Satellite TV, and Shaw Direct and many digital cable television providers such as Eastlink, Shaw, Cogeco and more.

It offers NHL regular season and select playoff games that are played outside the local viewing area using American local and national television networks such as Fox Sports Net and other sports networks like NBC. It offers both standard and high definition games.

Out-of-market sports package

In North America, an out-of-market sports package is a form of subscription television that broadcasts sporting events to areas where the events are unable to be seen by viewers on other broadcast and cable television networks due to the games not being broadcast in their local market.

Many leagues with major television contracts establish elaborate rules regarding which games are broadcast in different regions (with local teams usually getting preference). For viewers who prefer to see a game other than the one being locally broadcast in their designated market area, the out-of market package provides additional options.

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