Among the more popular reasons for not ditching cable is the desire to watch live sports. ESPN is coming to the rescue of many future cable-less households by introducing live, streaming sports in HD through the Xbox.
In order to benefit, you’ll need to be an Xbox Live Gold member, which is about $50 a year, and also brings you benefits like Netflix streaming (with a separate but cheap Netflix membership). You’ll also need to be a subscriber to a limited (albeit lengthy) list of broadband providers. Big players like Cox, Comcast, Verizon and AT&T are on the list, though AT&T comes with the warning that the service is for DSL and Uverse customers only.
As for the content itself, CNET reports:
The ESPN service will offer 3,500 live events in addition to on-demand content from college football and basketball, MLB, NBA, and soccer games; though there was no direct mention of the NFL and NHL. These streaming games will also offer some DVR functionality too…
You can also sometimes find certain sporting events, like the World Cup, available streaming through services like Boxee, but you can’t always rely on that happening. It’s good to see an established, big-budgeted institution like ESPN making their content available to “broadband-only” households.
Updated September 12, 2011 and originally published June 25, 2010. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.