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ESPN is a U.S.-based global cable and satellite television channel owned by ESPN Inc., a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the Hearst Corporation .

ESPN
ESPN wordmark.svg
Launched September 7, 1979; 37 years ago (1979-09-07)
Owned by ESPN Inc.
(The Walt Disney Company, 80%
Hearst Corporation, 20%)
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
Slogan The Worldwide Leader In Sports
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Worldwide
Headquarters Bristol, Connecticut
Sister channel(s) ESPN2
ESPN3
ESPNews
ESPNU
ESPN Deportes
ESPN Classic
Longhorn Network
SEC Network
ACC Network Extra
ESPN Goal Line, Buzzer Beater, and Bases Loaded
CBS Sports
Website www.espn.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV 206
209-1 (alternate feed; HD/SD)
1206 (VOD)
Dish Network 140
144, 145, 146, 147 (alternate feeds)
Cable
Available on most U.S. cable systems Consult your local cable provider for channel availability
IPTV
AT&T U-verse 1602
602 (SD)
Verizon FiOS 570
70 (SD)
Google Fiber 21
Streaming media
WatchESPN Watch live
Sling TV Internet Protocol television
PlayStation Vue Internet Protocol television
Audio Simulcast Listen to Audio Simulcast Live

ESPN (originally an initialism for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is a U.S.-based global cable and satellite television channel owned by ESPN Inc., a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company (which operates the network) and the Hearst Corporation (which owns a 20% minority share).

ESPN broadcasts primarily from studio facilities located in Bristol, Connecticut. The network also operates offices in Miami, New York City, Seattle, Charlotte, and Los Angeles. John Skipper currently serves as president of ESPN, a position he has held since January 1, 2012. While ESPN is one of the most successful sports networks, there has been much criticism of ESPN, which includes accusations of biased coverage, conflict of interest, and controversies with individual broadcasters and analysts.

ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut

As of February 2015, ESPN is available to approximately 94,396,000 paid television households (81.1% of households with at least one television set) in the United States. In addition to the flagship channel and its seven related channels in the United States, ESPN broadcasts in more than 200 countries, operating regional channels in Australia, Brazil, Latin America and the United Kingdom, and owning a 20% interest in The Sports Network (TSN) as well as its five sister networks in Canada.

In 2011, ESPN's history and rise was chronicled by These Guys Have All the Fun, a nonfiction book written by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales and published by Little, Brown, & Co.