ESPN360, ESPN's customizable broadband service, will be available to all broadband users Wednesday, April 27 - Sunday, May 1. This All-Access Week will enable fans to log on to www.espn360.com and download the ESPN360 application. Fans with a broadband connection will have the opportunity to view and experience the customizable interface that offers extensive highlights, live games, uncut interviews, inside analysis from ESPN commentators, sneak-previews of ESPN original programming, and sports video games.
"ESPN360 provides an unparalleled experience for sports fans who want to get the most out of their broadband connection." said Tanya Van Court, vice president and general manager, ESPN Broadband and Interactive Television. "The All Access Week is a great opportunity for our fans to see live sporting events, watch inside analysis from ESPN commentators on all major sports, get on-demand access to full-length SportsCenter interviews from marquis athletes, and play high-quality broadband video games - all at no charge to the fan."
ALL-ACCESS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS:
Live NHRA Qualifying
April 29 at 7:30 p.m.
O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Nationals, Bristol, TN.
ESPN360 will feature two days of NHRA qualifying races (Friday and Saturday) that lead up to final eliminations each Sunday. ESPN2 carries Saturday
qualifying races for all NHRA events and now fans can watch live NHRA qualifying races on Friday on ESPN360 at 7:30 p.m.
Live Indy Car
April 29 at 11:59 p.m.
If you're not at the track, the only way to see the Firestone Japan Indy 300 live is at midnight on ESPN360. This final tune-up before the Indianapolis
500 will air on ESPN on a 12-hour tape-delay on April 30 at noon.
Ultimate Baseball Online - ESPN Spring Training
During ESPN360's All Access Week, fans will enjoy a sneak peek into Ultimate Baseball Online, the new online 9-on-9 multiplayer baseball game. ESPN Spring Training, a preview of Ultimate Baseball Online, will allow users to hone their batting, pitching and fielding skills - and get ready for the full launch of Ultimate Baseball Online on May 12.
The full version of Ultimate Baseball Online is a first-of-its-kind "massively multi-player" sports game that allows fans to play interactive baseball over their computer's broadband connection. With stunning graphics and surround-sound audio reactions from the crowd, participants control customized virtual characters for each position and compete together against other UBO gamers. Through their avatar-players bat, pitch, field, run, steal and control a virtual player that plays a specific field position (e.g. short stop, pitcher, left field,). Participants can practice, play pick-up games, join or found their own teams, compete against rival teams, play in unique tournament settings, and win a league championship during the post-season play. Gamers build their skill level (player stats) through successful play on the online field against other real human participants.
On May 12, ESPN360 will make a full 9-on-9 interactive version of Ultimate Baseball Online available to all ESPN360 users in a Beta trial. To learn more about UBO and Spring Training visit www.ESPN.com or www.ultimatebaseballonline.com.
ESPN360 NFL Draft Capsules
For every first-round pick, ESPN360 will have a 3-5 minute video capsule with key information about that draftee. Capsules will include NFL Commissioner, Tagliabue's announcement of the pick, collegiate highlights of the player, a breakdown of the pick by ESPN and ESPNU analysts, and interviews with the draftee and/or team representatives.
Baseball Tonight 360 Roundtable
Produced every Monday
Baseball Tonight produces an exclusive segment for ESPN360 that breaks down the prior week's team performance and previews the coming week's top stories.
Sunday Night Baseball In-Game Highlights
April 30, NY Mets vs. Washington Nationals
ESPN360 is the only place on the internet or on TV where highlights of the Sunday Night Baseball game can be seen - before the game is even over!
NBA Shootaround Analysis
April 29 and May 1
Behind the players and beyond the court, the NBA shootaround team provides exclusive analysis produced just for ESPN360.
Produced nightly, the NBA Shootaround show is a daily ESPN360 feature and can be enjoyed throughout the NBA season for regular ESPN360 users.
April 27, 28, 29
Posted every day that PTI airs, this interactive application allows users to replay the show and pick the topics that they want to see Kornheiser and
Archives of previous shows are available in the ESPN360 "This is SportsCenter" channel.
Personal PTI is available exclusively to ESPN360 users.
Cheap Seats: "What Got Cut"
Popular hosts Jason and Randy Sklar take the funniest clips that didn't air on television and turn them into exclusive new "What Got Cut" segments produced
just for ESPN360 users.
Archival Main Events Boxing
Extended footage from some of the best fights in Main Events' Boxing history is available on-demand through ESPN360.
Fights will include:
Extended Sunday Conversation
ESPN360 provides users full-length versions of SportsCenter's Sunday Conversations interviews
The current featured interviews include conversations with:
Behind the Scenes with the Magazine
Original features produced for ESPN360, tied into upcoming stories that appear in ESPN the Magazine.
Current planned features include:
- GameNight: Redskins' Lavar Arrington shooting pool
- GameNight: Nuggets' Kiki Vandeweghe
- GameNight: Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald playing chess and dominoes
- All Access Giants' Amani Toomer learning to drive race cars with IndyCar's Danica Patrick
Every Tuesday, ESPN Outdoors produces an original "mini-show" done just for ESPN360. Current titles include "Dog'n It" and "Big Fish."
On Friday, April 29 ESPN360 will get a sneak peek at the next day's BassMaster University and Loudmouth Bass shows before they air on ESPN2.
All content is customizable and can be watched in a variety of screen sizes, ranging from full-screen to a compact mode that can be viewed on a small portion of the user's screen. ESPN360 provides users with the capability to add and delete videos from their playlists, arrange the order of viewing, and save favorite clips and playlists in "My ESPN" - the user's personalized channel within the ESPN360 environment.
ESPN360, ESPN's customized broadband service, available at www.ESPN360.com, highlights the value of a high-speed connection by combining the best elements of television and the Internet for the computer user. ESPN360 leverages ESPN-branded content to deliver high-quality video, exclusive and live programming, unique behind-the-scenes coverage, and in-depth analysis from ESPN commentators. ESPN360 will also offer fans access to single and multi-player video games, and the ability to customize all of this great content according to their interests.
For more information on how to obtain ESPN360, go to www.espn360.com.
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