|Launched||1996 (Optus TV)
April 1999 (Austar)
September 2002 (Foxtel)
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)
|Audience share||(In Australia)
0.1% (April 2008, 1)
|Slogan||The Worldwide Leader in Sports|
|Formerly called||Sports ESPN|
|Foxtel/Austar||Channel 508 (SD/HD)
Channel 1508 (SD)
|SKY TV||Channel 061 (SD/HD)
Channel 061 (SD)
|Foxtel||Channel 508 (SD/HD)
Channel 1508 (SD)
|Optus TV||Channel 508|
|Neighbourhood Cable||Channel 18|
|Xbox 360||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 amount of football games including La Liga (not as of August 2012) in Spain, UEFA Champions League (shared with SBS), World Cup qualifying games, and Major League Soccer. Also on the network schedule are rugby matches and Cricket matches.
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 and ESPN2 HD launched in Australia.
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).4
- National Football League (includes NBC Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football, all NFL Network games, plus all the Playoff games)
- Super Bowl
- BCS Bowls/BCS National Championship Game
- Heisman Trophy
- NFL Live
- NFL Primetime
- NFL Films
- NFL 32
- College Football Live
- College GameDay
- Major League Baseball
- MLB Spring Training
- College World Series
- Home Run Derby
- Little League World Series
- Baseball Tonight
- National Basketball Association
- NBA All-Star Weekend
- NBA Draft
- Women's National Basketball Association
- Euroleague Basketball
- NBA Action
- NBA Tonight
- WNBA Action
- Major League Soccer
- MLS Cup
- UEFA Champions League (Share with SBS)
- UEFA Europa League
- European World Cup 2010 Qualifying
- International Friendlies (From Europe)
- UEL Highlights
- UCL Highlights
- UCL Weekly
- Soccernet PressPass
- FA Cup
- PBA Bowling
- ESPN Films
- Women's Billiards
- World's Strongest Man
- NCAA Men's Hockey Final
- NCAA Men's & Women's World Series
- ESPY Award
- Sportscenter Local Edition Australia
- Pardon the Interruption
- Pardon the Interruption Australia
- Pardon the Interruption U.K.
- Around the Horn
ESPN HD was one of 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.5
ESPN 3D launched in Australia on the 30th, July 2010. The channel launched to show 8 hours of the X Games 16 live in 3D. ESPN 3D is currently only available in the U.S. and Australia via Foxtel IQ2 and Austar MyStar HD.6 Foxtel 3D launched on 1 November 2010 which shows all of ESPN 3D's content - with ESPN 3D no longer having its own channel. Since the launch of Foxtel 3D, Austar has not had access to 3D content from ESPN, with it unknown if Austar will offer Foxtel 3D any time in the near future.
- Ratings Week 16 (13/04/2008 - 19/04/2008)
- Joyce, James (26 March 1999). Friday Guide. "Tunedin". Newcastle Herald. p. 6. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
- Schulze, Jane (2 September 2002). "Seven prepares for spat over sport". The Australian. p. 32.
- "espn.com.au". ESPN. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
- Duffy, Louise. "ESPN launches ESPN HD and ESPN3 in NZ". Rapid News TV. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
- Laughlin, Andrew. "ESPN to run 3D broadcast in Australia". Digital Spy. Retrieved 30 July 2010.