The Big 12 Conference has announced that the West Virginia Mountaineers conference opener against the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence will tip off at 4:00PM ET next Saturday, January 4th. The game will also mark the first of five games that will be broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, which means fans will have to subscribe to the service to view the game.
Obviously, this ESPN+ arrangement isn’t exactly the greatest move for a lot of fans in West Virginia due to poor broadband service throughout most of the state — I’m looking at you, Frontier — but if you do have sufficient high speed internet service, I will say that the ESPN+ subscription really isn’t an awful deal at $4.99 per month.
You’ll need it more than once this season, so you might as well just sign up and bow to our ESPN overlords.
I’ve put a quick FAQ together to help those who have no clue how ESPN+ works.
What do I need to watch ESPN+?
ESPN+ is pretty easy to tune into, because it’s built off the back of ESPN’s already existing WatchESPN/ESPN3 system.
If you don’t want to sit in front of a computer all evening watching a football game, you’re in luck! The ESPN app is available on almost every device and platform on the market, including Android smartphones, Android TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Sticks, Amazon Fire/Kindle tablets, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Roku, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Samsung Smart TVs.
To add ESPN+ to any of the devices mentioned above, follow these instructions:
- Subscribe to ESPN+
- Download and Open the ESPN app on your mobile or TV device
- Click the Settings Gear in the upper right corner
- Select “Account Information” then “Log Into ESPN Account.” You should receive an activation code.
- Visit https://espn.com/activate on your phone or laptop and type in the code
- Log in with your ESPN+ credentials
- You should then get confirmation that your ESPN+ account is linked and now see and “ESPN+” tab in the ESPN app.
What else do I get with ESPN+?
Glad you asked!
The service includes live MLB, NHL, NBA, and MLS games, as well as college sports, PGA golf, Top Rank Boxing, and Grand Slam Tennis matches. You’ll also find the United Soccer League, cricket, rugby, Canadian Football League, English Football League, and UEFA Nations League games, if you’re a real sicko sports fan.
ESPN+ is also a must-have for UFC fans, as they are the only place to watch UFC PPVs in the U.S. An ESPN+ subscription provides exclusive access to UFC Fight Night every week.
As I said, it’s well worth the $4.99 per month, as long as you have a good ISP.
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