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Does DIRECTV Carry WatchESPN?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (July 21, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to swann@tvpredictions.com

Q. I have DIRECTV but I can't find WatchESPN anywhere. Does it carry it -- and if not, who does? I want it! -- Tommy, Washington, D.C.

Tommy, as you probably know, WatchESPN is a web site that simulcasts ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Goal and ESPN Buzzer Beater. Yes, you can tune in to all five stations on one site -- plus it's the exclusive home of ESPN 3, which airs games not available on the cable TV channels. It's an awesome site, one that any sports fan should check out.

That is, if you can. WatchESPN is only available to subscribers of pay TV services that have signed licensing deals with ESPN -- and DIRECTV is not one of those services. Perhaps the next time that DIRECTV's programming agreement with ESPN networks is up, it will secure the rights to WatchESPN as well. But right now, no deal.

So who does offer WatchESPN? Time Warner Cable does, as does Bright House Networks, Verizon, Charter, Comcast and Midcontinent. FYI, subscribers of those services can access the WatchESPN site by signing in with your pay TV account numbers and passwords.

If you are a subscriber to one of those services, you'll find not only the simulcasts at the site, but an archive of recent games which can be viewed on demand.



For DIRECTV subscribers -- and subscribers of Dish and other pay TV services that do not offer WatchESPN -- take some comfort that you can still watch the live games on your regular ESPN channels, such as ESPN and ESPN 2. But if you enjoy watching sports online, WatchESPN is as good as it gets.

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