News for avid sports fans (like us):
Optimum, the telecommunications company that acquired Bresnan Communications last year, announced on Monday that its internet subscribers now have access to ESPN3, a service that streams ESPN programming on computers, phones and tablets.
And that means, for example, that if you're nowhere near a TV on Dec. 1 when the Montana State Bobcats play the winner of the Villanova-Stony Brook game, you can stream it on your iPhone with the WatchESPN app.
Or maybe international cricket's your thing. Well, you can watch tonight's big West Indies vs. Bangladesh match.
From the press release:
Cablevision Systems Corp. today announced the availability of ESPN3 to Optimum Online customers. Just in time for the conclusion of the college football regular season, the upcoming playoffs and bowl season, Optimum Online subscribers can watch and follow multiple events simultaneously on WatchESPN.com on their personal computer at no additional cost.
Optimum Online customers have access to ESPN3’s coverage of thousands of live events, replays and upcoming games all year round, including basketball, football, NCAA Championships, soccer, baseball, tennis, golf, cricket and more. Recent events are archived and available for on-demand replay. Sports fans can move between up to 30 events on WatchESPN.com, keeping up with all the action. ESPN3 is also available on XBox to Optimum Online customers with an Xbox LIVE Gold membership.
Had Montanans had access to ESPN3 a year ago, perhaps the state's entire congressional delegation wouldn't have had to lobby ESPN president George Bodenheimer to air UM and MSU's FCS playoff games on cable.