Bright House Premieres Authenticated ESPN Simulcast Online


Bright House Networks subscribers today gained access to ESPN and on their computers.
As part of the comprehensive deal that Time Warner Cable -- which negotiates programming pacts for Bright House -- signed with Disney/ABC Television Group and ESPN in September, the operator has launched broadband service and rolled out an authenticated version of ESPN to its video customers with a My Services account.
To pre-register for a My Services account, Bright House Networks customers can go to The My Services account affords subscribers free authenticated access to and ESPN online wherever the Internet is available.
At launch, the new authenticated service will enable Bright House Networks customers to watch ESPN's linear network online. In the near future, access to ESPN2 and ESPNU, as well as its college football scoring/highlights service ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater, the college hoops version of the same, will also be offered through this same process, plus any device with Internet access, including mobile phones and tablets. Customers have access to channels through a centralized Web site,
Time Warner Cable became the first distributor to offer ESPN's version of "TV Everywhere," when it bowed the authenticated live simulcast on Oct. 25. That was the same day, the No. 2 MSO's customers also could access for the first time.