Many major cable companies offer ESPN3, including Charter, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner and Verizon, as of 2015. Satellite companies DirecTV and Dish Network also are participating providers of the online streaming channel.
ESPN3 focuses on live sports in an online streaming format. Internet service providers must pay fees to ESPN to provide ESPN3's content. Some ISPs have complained to the Federal Securities Commission that this violates Internet neutrality. Customers whose ISPs do not pay fees to ESPN have no other way of accessing the channel.
The channel is formerly known as ESPN360 and ESPN3.com. The site launched in 2005 and, at that time, mostly featured video on demand. The site shifted to offering mostly live content in 2007. It broadcasts sports including football, basketball, baseball, soccer and cricket. Most events that appear on the site are broadcasts of events that do not appear on one of ESPN's family of cable channels, and some are alternate angles of broadcasts airing on one of the other channels. Besides ESPN3, the network also has ESPN2, ESPNNews, ESPNU, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes, the Longhorn Network and the SEC Network.
ESPN3 also is available on Google Fiber and on regional providers such as Cable Systems of Nevada and Cable TV of East Alabama.