ESPN taps more into college fans with ESPN College Extra

As another mode to cater to its college football fanbase outside of ESPNU, ESPN will link its existing ESPN3 service with a newer platform in ESPN College Extra, which will launch in time for opening week of the college football season.

ESPN College Extra will be available through the band of major cable providers, including Verizon FiOs, AT&T U-verse, DirecTV, Bright House and Time Warner. Eerily enough with all the telecommunication-wireless broadband mergers hitting headlines since last year, DirecTV sold its soul to AT&T for $48.5 billion and Charter Communications’ bid for Bright House at $10.4 billion to compete with Comcast.

Sean Breen, Senior V.P. of Affiliate Sales at the Disney and ESPN Media networks:

“ESPN is at the forefront of media innovation with a long history of working closely with distributors to better serve customers. ESPN College Extra is the latest example of that ongoing collaboration and we are pleased that AT&T U-verse and DIRECTV, Bright House Networks, Cox, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and several NCTC members have recognized the value it adds to the multi-channel video subscription.”

By synching in with ESPN3’s 99 million subscribers, ESPN College Extra will filter its coverage of college’s most popular sports on the XBOX gaming consoles and will also host its content over the Amazon Fire tablet and Chromecast.

ESPN College Extra’s first cast of characters for the September 5 launch date straddles most of the day and covers a majority of the AAC conference:

12:30 p.m., Wofford vs. Clemson
1:00 p.m., Holy Cross vs. Monmouth
1:00 p.m., Lincoln vs. Cheyney (PA)
3:30 p.m., Howard vs. Appalachian State
6:00 p.m., Towson vs. East Carolina
7:00 p.m., Alabama A&M vs. Cincinnati
7:00 p.m., Missouri State vs. Memphis
7:00 p.m., Coastal Carolina vs. Furman
7:00 p.m., Florida A&M vs. South Florida
7:00 p.m., Webber vs. Stetson
7:00 p.m., Northern Arizona vs. Stephen F. Austin
8:00 p.m., Tennessee Tech vs. Houston

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