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Manufacturer: ESPN Inc / Type: Sports

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      12.02.2010 14:26
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      A good sports channel & alternative to Sky. Do you like sport? That's the question.

      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

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