“ Manufacturer: ESPN Inc / Type: Sports „
ESPN is an American Sports Television Network owned in it's major part by the Walt Disney Company. ESPN actually stands for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network & was founded Scott Rasmussen along with his father Bill way back in 1979.
In Britain today the network has 4 channels to choose from. ESPN, ESPN-HD (The same channel but in high definition), ESPN America (which predominantly broadcasts American Sports Like Baseball, Ice Hockey & College American Football) & ESPN Classic (which essentially shows repeats of classic games).
If you subscribe to Sky sports then you get the first 3 of those channels for £9 per month, however they cost more if you do not (around £14.00). ESPN Classic actually comes on Sky if you purchase their news mix which costs £1.00 per month (you would then also get the Eurosport channels). Because of this it also offers a cheaper alternative to Sky Sports. Sports & Movies together are about £28.00 Sports on its own is about £20 so this is a viable & cheaper alternative.
ESPN in Britain shows a variety of sport. This includes Live Barclays Premier League Football, Scottish premier League Footbal from the UK. Budesliga, Serie A, Eredivisie & the UEFA Europa Cup Football from Europe. Plus from the rest of the world, live UFC Mixed Martial Arts, NBA Basketball, AFL Aussie Rules Football & some NHL Ice Hockey.
I find the programming entertaining & the commentary informative. Because they show sport from around the world you can usually find something to watch 24 hours a day, often live. Commentaries are always in English, but usually from the country of the Sports origin (US comms on American Sports & Australian comms on Aussie Rules). As with most sports channels, whether or not you purchase it all really depends on whether you watch the sports shown on it. I watch ESPN America more than this but I do watch some Euopean Football & Some of the Live Ice Hockey (when I do I watch in HD too) The channel is a good channel & great for sports fans. But to be fair, it isn't worth £9.00 per month unless you're watching this (or the other channel) regularly. 4 Stars for Sports Fans, 2 or 1 Star for non Sports Fans
On a seperate note, on June 11, 2010 ESPN will also launch a 3D channel (although this may only be in America) with the first items to be shown in 3D being games from the FIFA 2010 World Cup