|Launched||19 September 1995 (Optus TV)|
April 1999 (Austar)
September 2002 (Foxtel)
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Audience share||(In Australia)|
0.1% (April 2008, )
|Slogan||The Worldwide Leader in Sports|
Papua New Guinea
|Formerly called||Sports ESPN|
|Foxtel||Channel 508 (HD)|
Channel 1508 (SD)
|Sky (NZ)||Channel 060-061 (HD)|
|Foxtel||Channel 508 (HD)|
Channel 1508 (SD)
|Optus TV||Channel 508 (SD)|
|TransACT||Channel 351 (SD)|
|Foxtel Now||Channel 508 (HD)|
|Fetch TV||Channel 115 (HD)|
|Vodafone TV (NZ)||Channel 230-231 (HD)|
|Foxtel Go||Channel 508|
Initially, ESPN was known as Sports ESPN on the Optus Vision cable television system, and focused on sports aired by its home network in the United States, including American football, baseball, and basketball. In order to expand its local reach, it has shown an increasing number of football games including FA Cup, World Cup qualifying games and Major League Soccer. Also on the network schedule are rugby matches, among other sports.
ESPN Australia has also commenced showing locally produced content including Australian versions of PTI and SportsCenter. They also air a soccer discussion show Monday to Friday called ESPNsoccernet PressPass which is hosted by Andrew Orsatti.
On 1 March 2011, ESPN2 launched in Australia both in standard and high definition formats.
The broadcast of Jarryd Hayne's debut for the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League on 15 September 2015 drew the network's highest ever audience with 116,000 viewers watching the game live, beating the previous audience record of 107,100 viewers for Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014.
The following is the list of sports programming shown on the ESPN network (with some being shown only on ESPN and not ESPN2, and vice versa).
- National Football League (includes NFL Draft, Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football, two Sunday afternoon games, all NFL Network games, Pro Bowl plus all the Playoff games and Super Bowl)
- College football (includes regular season, Heisman Trophy, College Football Playoff and College Football Championship Game)
- Major League Baseball (includes Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Night Baseball, MLB Strike Zone, Home Run Derby, All-Star Game, all playoff games and World Series)
- College baseball
- Little League World Series
- World Baseball Classic
- USA Softball International Cup
- National Basketball Association (includes NBA Draft, NBA All-Star Weekend, Wednesday and Friday games (mostly doubleheaders), Saturday games (including all ABC games), ESPN/ABC games on Monday and Sunday, all TNT games, playoff games and NBA Finals)
- National Basketball League (59 regular season games including all games after 7.30pm AEDT. Finals share with SBS Viceland. Except New Zealand)
- Women's National Basketball Association
- College basketball
- NBA Summer League
- NBA G League
- The Basketball Tournament
- Madden Club Championship
- Madden Bowl
- EXP Pro-Am APEX Legends
- EXP Invitational APEX Legends at X Games
Mixed martial arts
- UFC (Fight Night and PPV preliminaries)
- Special Olympics World Games
- Aurora Games
- Major League Soccer
- FA Cup (Except New Zealand)
- FA Community Shield (Except New Zealand)
- Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
- WAFU Nations Cup
- Toulon Tournament
News and talk shows
- Around the Horn
- First Take
- Highly Questionable
- Jalen & Jacoby
- Outside the Lines
- Pardon the Interruption
- SportsCenter Australia
ESPN HD was one of the first five channels to be available in HD when Foxtel HD+ launched. ESPN HD commenced in June 2008. The SD version of ESPN began broadcasting in widescreen on 25 January 2010. On 2 June 2011 ESPN HD (the HD simulcast) and ESPN3.com launched in New Zealand on Sky.
ESPN 3D launched in Australia on 30 July 2010. The channel launched to show 8 hours of the X Games 16 live in 3D. Foxtel 3D launched on 1 November 2010 which shows all of ESPN 3D's content - with ESPN 3D no longer having its own channel. ESPN 3D was shut down on 30 September 2013, citing "limited viewer adoption of 3D services".
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