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#26 OFFLINE   mws192

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 10:13 AM

That's not accurate. Access to ESPN3 and WatchESPN is all based on your TV subscription and you need to have a participating TV provider. I have DirecTV, but use Comcast for Internet. I cannot access ESPN3 and WatchESPN as I do not subscribe to TV with a participating provider (DirecTV). My Internet subscription with Comcast does not count. If I subscribed to Comcast Cable, I could have access to them. My parents, who have Optimum (Cablevision), have access to it as they have a TV subscription that is eligible and Optimum is a participating provider.- MergSent from my iPad using DBSTalk mobile app



Have you tried on a computer or are you only referring to logging into the app on a mobile device?



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#27 OFFLINE   The Merg

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 10:19 AM

Have you tried on a computer or are you only referring to logging into the app on a mobile device?



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Just tried via PC... While it redirects you to WatchESPN, you can select which ESPN channel you want to view. If I select ESPN3, I can watch programming and the viewer shows "Powered by Xfinity" (Comcast). If I select another channel, there is a key next to the shows that state that I need to verify my programming package has WatchESPN included in it.

So it appears that ESPN3 is specifically tied to ISPs and WatchESPN is tied to content providers (although ESPN3 is accessed via WatchESPN). Now that's not confusing. :)


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Posted 02 September 2013 - 10:22 AM

We have Comcast internet service.

I just went to ESPN3 and it shows the NHRA Drag Racing Live on ESPN3. I click on it and it starts to play.

I am using a laptop computer.

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 10:24 AM

We have Comcast internet service.
I just went to ESPN3 and it shows the NHRA Drag Racing Live on ESPN3. I click on it and it starts to play.
I am using a laptop computer.
http://espn.go.com/w..._/channel/espn3


Yup. That's what I just saw.


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Posted 02 September 2013 - 10:37 AM

The Watch ESPN app on mobile devices, including the ipad, requires a tv subscription. Espn3 content on computers requires an agreement on your ISP or Tv Time Warner and BrightHouse were, at least historically, the only providers to sway from that. Sent from my iPhone using DBSTalk mobile app

correct, even with just road runner, i couldn't get espn3. once i subscriped to bhn cable, i got watch espn.



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 09:44 AM

The Watch ESPN app on mobile devices, including the ipad, requires a tv subscription. Espn3 content on computers requires an agreement on your ISP or Tv Time Warner and BrightHouse were, at least historically, the only providers to sway from that. Sent from my iPhone using DBSTalk mobile app

 

Our ISP is AT&T and for the longest time I thought the iOS was useless since I couldn't even watch the ESPN3 content since Directv isn't on the list. Then afew weeks ago I stumbled upon that you can enter your AT&T login info on the AT&T U-Verse login to at least watch ESPN3. 



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 01:07 PM

Just added the WatchESPN app to my iPad this weekend.

 

I only have Directv for TV service and I have Comcast for my internet service.  As far as I can tell, I have complete access to everything on there, can change channels (not sure about Goal Line), and I don't see anything that I cannot watch (currently watching live SVP and Russillo on ESPN3)



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 02:17 PM

Just added the WatchESPN app to my iPad this weekend.

 

I only have Directv for TV service and I have Comcast for my internet service.  As far as I can tell, I have complete access to everything on there, can change channels (not sure about Goal Line), and I don't see anything that I cannot watch (currently watching live SVP and Russillo on ESPN3)

I have the same setup as you. You can not access the ESPN family of channels but you can access ESPN3. Watching US Open tennis on ESPN3 as I type.



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 11:49 AM

Just added the WatchESPN app to my iPad this weekend.

 

I only have Directv for TV service and I have Comcast for my internet service.  As far as I can tell, I have complete access to everything on there, can change channels (not sure about Goal Line), and I don't see anything that I cannot watch (currently watching live SVP and Russillo on ESPN3)

 

Try watching ESPN or ESPN2 live streaming and let us know what happens. 



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 01:20 PM

OK, I now have an Ipad 2. I have Comcast for internet. I can log onto ESPN3 and play stuff right away when I am using my Laptop or Desk top computer.

When I try to do that with the Ipad it says I have to download the App. I did that. Next it wants me to choose a provider. Of course DirecTV is not in the list.

I thought that maybe I could choose comcast xfinity and put in my name and password there. Nope, it said I did not have a TV account for mobil ( or something similar ) .

Then I tried using my mother's account user name and password since she has Comcast TV. It still did not let me.

This might have been because I tapped the button to remember me when I tried my own Comcast account info.

 

I then went to the Settings on the Ipad and found Safari and cleared the History and the Cookies.

Again I launched the Watch ESPN App and logged in with my mother's user name and password. It did it this time.


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Posted 07 September 2013 - 07:52 PM

OK, I now have an Ipad 2. I have Comcast for internet. I can log onto ESPN3 and play stuff right away when I am using my Laptop or Desk top computer.

When I try to do that with the Ipad it says I have to download the App. I did that. Next it wants me to choose a provider. Of course DirecTV is not in the list.

I thought that maybe I could choose comcast xfinity and put in my name and password there. Nope, it said I did not have a TV account for mobil ( or something similar ) .

Then I tried using my mother's account user name and password since she has Comcast TV. It still did not let me.

This might have been because I tapped the button to remember me when I tried my own Comcast account info.

 

I then went to the Settings on the Ipad and found Safari and cleared the History and the Cookies.

Again I launched the Watch ESPN App and logged in with my mother's user name and password. It did it this time.

 

Right, the apps require a TV subscription, even for ESPN 3. It's complicated.

 

 

WatchESPN on the web: ESPN3 ONLY requires a participating ISP (for example I am right now, as a DirecTV customer for video and Charter ISP only customer watching ESPN3) Anything other than ESPN3 on the WatchESPN website requires an account with a video provider, NOT an ISP. So, to watch ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU/Goal Line, you need a Comcast/Charter/someone else other than DirecTV login tied to a *tv package* not just an ISP.

 

WatchESPN app on iPad/iPhone: You need a TV package account, even for ESPN3.

 

WatchESPN on TV devices such as AppleTV and Xbox 360: Same rules as the website. You can watch ESPN3 programming with only a participating ISP, no TV package login required. Anything on ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU/Goal Line requires a login through a cable provider.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 02:30 PM

Try watching ESPN or ESPN2 live streaming and let us know what happens. 

 

Okay, I get it now.  

 

Like everyone else has already mentioned, ESPN3 is the only "channel" available on the WatchESPN app with a participating ISP but no participating TV provider.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 03:44 PM

The programming on ESPN3 which is their online only channel, IS available to DirecTV customers IF you have one of their cable partners.  In my case I have Comcast Internet so I am able to use Watch ESPN for ESPN3 programming.

Yes, but not on the Watch ESPN app.  You can access it online in a browser, but not on your iPhone/iPad/or Apple TV.


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Posted 09 September 2013 - 06:10 PM

Yes, but not on the Watch ESPN app.  You can access it online in a browser, but not on your iPhone/iPad/or Apple TV.

 

lulz, the confusion continues. That is not entirely accurate. You can watch ESPN3 on an AppleTV or Xbox 360 with ISP-based access only, even though it's through the "WatchESPN" branded application on those two devices. However, you can NOT watch ESPN3 on an iPad/iPhone through the WatchESPN app with ISP-based access only.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 09:48 PM

lulz, the confusion continues. That is not entirely accurate. You can watch ESPN3 on an AppleTV or Xbox 360 with ISP-based access only, even though it's through the "WatchESPN" branded application on those two devices. However, you can NOT watch ESPN3 on an iPad/iPhone through the WatchESPN app with ISP-based access only.


That doesn't describe what I'm seeing. Comcast ISP only, Directv for TV, have the WatchESPN app on my iPad and I can watch ESPN3 (only) on it.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 10:46 PM

That doesn't describe what I'm seeing. Comcast ISP only, Directv for TV, have the WatchESPN app on my iPad and I can watch ESPN3 (only) on it.


You are logging into the app with your Comcast credentials?


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Posted 10 September 2013 - 12:06 AM

You are logging into the app with your Comcast credentials?


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I can do the same.

 

Yes - log in to WatchESPN with my comcast ISP login details, and ESPN3 feeds are available within the WatchESPN app. (EPSN/EPSN2 etc are not available)

 

If I recall, I did have to try a few times before I got it to work. Previously I had Verizon DSL, and so could not use the WatchEPSN app when it first came out - even tho I could see ESPN3 feeds on the website. After I switched to Comcast, it took a little effort, but eventually worked. Might be worth killing the app, rebooting the iPad/iPhone, or even deleting the app and downloading the latest version and trying from the beginning.

 

I didn't know WatchESPN was available on Apple TV - trying to figure the easiest/most reliable way to show it on my actual TV. I just wish the actual TV vendors would come up/be-allowed-to come up with a TV app. Netflix and Hulu directly via ethernet into my TV are excellent. I want fewer boxes behind/under my TV, not more!



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 12:40 AM

You are logging into the app with your Comcast credentials?


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Posted 10 September 2013 - 07:45 AM

That doesn't describe what I'm seeing. Comcast ISP only, Directv for TV, have the WatchESPN app on my iPad and I can watch ESPN3 (only) on it.

 

Maybe iPad access is an additional thing that ISPs can pay for. I know I can't watch through an iPad app with Charter ISP, but I can on the Apple TV or web.



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 01:27 PM

I am trying to move from comcast cable internet service to verizon fios internet service. Right now I don't subscribe comcast tv service, but can still watch espn3 on laptop, ipad, iphone, apple tv, xbox etc. Now if I don't subscribe tv service from verizon, just take their internet service will I able to watch espn3 on all the devices I mentioned? Note that I am not talking about watch espn for which you need tv service



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Posted 17 August 2014 - 05:25 AM

Any updates on this? Absolutely absurd that we still don't have it.

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 09:08 AM

Any updates on this? Absolutely absurd that we still don't have it.

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 10:57 AM

DirecTv needs to cover all the bases with the new ESPN Deal. They need to of course negotiate to get the Watch ESPN App, need the Longhorn Network, ESPN Gameplan & ESPN Full Court Packages need to be in HD, need a way to watch ESPN 3 on our iPads, & phones. They need to get all that done.


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 11:00 AM

DirecTv needs to cover all the bases with the new ESPN Deal. They need to of course negotiate to get the Watch ESPN App, need the Longhorn Network, ESPN Gameplan & ESPN Full Court Packages need to be in HD, need a way to watch ESPN 3 on our iPads, & phones. They need to get all that done.

 

They don't "need" the Longhorn Network, and would probably be better off in the long run if they were able to avoid taking it. If it is successful it will just encourage a bunch of schools to start up their own single team network, partner with ESPN, and force it on providers during Disney renewal negotiations.


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 12:59 PM

I don't think Gameplan is in HD,  not sure about Full Court but is probably not in HD either.


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