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What you need to know about ESPN's streaming service coming out next year

ESPN is updating its app to provide subscribers with thousands of live sporting events.
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In addition to Disney announcing a brand new streaming service coming in 2019, the parent company to ESPN announced Tuesday that it's launching a live sports streaming service through the ESPN app in early 2018. 

The word from Disney's press release is that the ESPN app will be developed to offer about 10,000 live regional, national and international sporting events a year. It includes the MLB, NHL, MLS and NCAA sports, but not the NFL and NBA. 

According to Sports Illustrated, ESPN has a $1.9 billion contract with the NFL that runs through 2021, and the network's deal with the NBA runs through the 2024-25 season.

How much this new streaming service will cost you is unknown. An ESPN executive told MarketWatch the price point is still be determined. 

Regular ESPN not included

Regular shows like SportsCenter, PTI, E:60 and other normal programming will not be available through the app unless a subscriber is also a pay TV subscriber. 

In short, you'll still have to have cable or satellite to watch regular ESPN network shows. 

Why they're doing this

Per the Wall Street Journal, Disney is simply taking back control of its own content rather than licensing it out to Netflix and other providers. 

Read more on the business side of the announcement right here

Disney, which owns ESPN, announced Tuesday that it's launching a streaming service in 2019 that will give subscribers access to films such as Toy Story 4, the sequel to Frozen, and The Lion King, in addition to Disney and Pixar movies and programs from Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD. 

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