Published on August 26th, 2017 | by Brad Gibson


ESPN’s Apple TV app adds 4-box stream

ESPN has upgraded its Apple TV app to add tvOS MultiCast capability featuring five different ways to view up to four live simultaneous sports streams.

The new capability will let viewers keep up with several games at once without having to switch back and forth between single feeds. Users can do viewing either in a 4-box window, 3-up, 2-up, or picture-in-picture.

Any window can be selected for full screen, while other video windows reduce to thumbnails to one side. After adding the streams you want to track, users can change the layout around, flip between audio streams, and move back and forth between fullscreen and multicasting mode using remote gestures.

“We want to take advantage of all the unique content we have and make something only ESPN can do,” said Ryan Spoon, ESPN’s senior VP of digital product, design and audience development.

Spoon said ESPN is developing the MultiCast feature for other connected-TV devices but started with Apple TV first because “Apple TV has capabilities to do this that other platforms don’t have.”

The ESPN Apple TV app requires a pay TV subscription to authenticate and use. The updated ESPN App includes a free, 10-minute preview of a live event, available to non-authenticated users for free. At the end of the preview, fans will be asked to sign in using pay-TV credentials to keep watching.


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