The latest version of the ESPN app now allows sports fans to watch live streams of sporting events from the very same app that they use for all other ESPN-related activities such as checking scores, interacting with other fans and being on top of their favorite teams' schedules.
ESPN has for some time now maintained a separate live-streaming app called WatchESPN, targeted towards users of the dedicated service. However, this required people to be redirected from the ESPN app to WatchESPN, something which is a strain on smartphone power and sports fans' patience.
Ultimately, this new ESPN app is designed to combine the functionalities and audiences of two veritable behemoths in the sports apps world. This will allow for more streamlined enjoyment of sports content, and easier app maintenance for ESPN.