ESPN's new live sports streaming app will launch April 12

Critics called it a "huge miss" when it was first announced.
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ESPN's new streaming service ESPN+ will go live on April 12, Disney announced Monday. 

It's a subscription service that costs $4.99 a month ($49.99 a year) and provides users on-demand content like ESPN's 30 For 30 in addition to live coverage of MLB, NHL, MLS, NCAA, boxing, golf, tennis and other sports. 

But it does not give access to Monday Night Football or SportsCenter, or any other ESPN or ESPN2 live shows.

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Here are some sneaky details about its live sports coverage you should be aware of.

  • Live MLB will feature a game of the day 180 days a year.
  • Live NHL will feature a game of the day starting with the 2018-19 season.
  • Live MLS will include every out-of-market game, so Minnesota United FC games will be blacked out on the app.
  • Live PGA Tour coverage doesn't include any of the majors.
  • Live college sports do not include any games of any sport from power conferences (Big Ten, SEC, Big 12, Big East, ACC, Pac 12). 

Users won't have to download a new app to use ESPN+ because it will be integrated into an updated version of the existing ESPN app. It'll also be available through ESPN.com. 

Disney also has plans for a subscription-streaming service in late 2019 that will provide on-demand viewing of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm movies. 

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