Great apps are a big part of what makes for a great mobile (or even desktop) device. As iPad users, we’ve been fortunate that right from the start there have been rich pickings when it comes to great iPad apps – and we continue to be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding excellent apps for just about any purpose. Our weekly picks for iPad App of the Week celebrate some of these, and appear here every Saturday.
This week’s pick is WatchESPN, an excellent app for watching live sports on the iPad. It’s especially good to have around just now as ESPN seems to have just about every World Cup match live on one of their main channels – at least for the first week of the tournament. I’ve been watching Columbia va. Greece this morning on the app and it was great viewing.
The app provides 24/7 access to live streaming feeds from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNews and ESPN Deportes – if you meet this requirement:
Access to WatchESPN live video is determined by your TV provider and, in some instances, your Internet service provider. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNews and ESPN Deportes are available to fans who receive ESPN as part of their TV package. The providers below are currently offering full access to WatchESPN live video:
* AT&T U-verse
* Bright House Networks
* Comcast XFINITY
* Google Fiber
* Midcontinent Communications
* Time Warner Cable
* Verizon FiOS TV
The lineup of live coverage of sports, major sporting events, and popular ESPN shows is stellar. Check out this list to see the breadth of that coverage:
* NBA Regular Season and Playoffs
* Major League Baseball
* The Masters, US Open and The Open Championships
* College Football and Basketball
* Barclay’s Premier League, Spanish Primera Division and Euro 2012 Soccer
* All 4 Grand Slam tennis events
* Mike & Mike
* Baseball Tonight
…and every other ESPN original show
Just today there are 3 World Cup matches, an England vs. Sri Lanka cricket match, NCAA Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships, SportsCenter, the awesome ‘You Don’t Know Bo’ 30 For 30 documentary film, and the US Open to enjoy with the app.
Here’s an App Store link for WatchESPN; it’s a free app and a universal app designed to run on both iPad and iPhone.
If you’re after more great iPad apps, check out our Best iPad Apps section.