News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday August 15, 2013.
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ESPN's WatchESPN app for Apple iOS received a big update today ahead of the start of college football and a few other fall sports that will be broadcast live to iPhones and iPads in the United States. WatchESPN today introduced Live Toolbar, an iPad and iPad Mini view of the app that shows scores and news updates over live broadcasts. Users are still able to see live video from ESPN networks, but the optional toolbar can be opened along the bottom of the tablet to quickly scan the latest news reports, see live scores, or see a guide of what other broadcasts are available. All of this can be done without having to interrupt their current video.
WatchESPN adds more content and increased the number of people who are available to watch it. Sporting events that fall under the "ESPN on ABC" banner will now appear in WatchESPN listings, but the actual broadcast will appear in the WatchABC app. ESPN3 events will also be available to viewers connected to a college or military network, something that was not previously available. Previous restrictions for having a valid cable subscription from a participating company are still required.
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