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Keeping Your Family Connected


Introducing ESPN+

Today, April 12, 2018 Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International’s BAMTECH Media in partnership with ESPN, launched their new subscription streaming service, ESPN+. This service is targeting avid sports fans on a broad and niche basis, offering subscription streaming access to thousands of additional live sporting events, original content, and an on-demand video library. Some examples of programming would be: 180+ Major League Baseball games, 180+ National Hockey League games, 100 days of coverage of PGA Tour, and year-round boxing matches. It is subscription based and separate from the ESPN TV Everywhere that fans receive as part of their cable subscription as well as being completely separate and a distinct product from ESPN television.

How and Where is it Offered?

ESPN+ will be integrated into the updated ESPN App. The new app will be available on iOS and Android products, as well as the web, FireTV, and additional devices starting today. If you already have the ESPN app, it will either update automatically or prompt you to update it. Once it has done so, you can elect to purchase access to ESPN+.

What Does it Cost?

An ESPN+ subscription will cost $4.99/month or $49.99/year. ESPN+ does not come with your Great Plains Communications cable subscription, but is an additional purchase directly from ESPN.


If you have questions about the new ESPN App or ESPN+, go to or call 1-888-549-ESPN. If you already have the ESPN app, you can also utilize the ESPN App Live Chat Feature.

College World Series 2016

Opening day is finally within reach, as thousands of people prepare to enter TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, NE for the 69th NCAA College World Series. Opening Ceremonies will be this Friday night, from 8:45 – 10 PM CT. From there, the action will start Saturday with Game 1 at 2 PM CT between UC Santa Barbara vs. Oklahoma St. airing on ESPN2. For a full event schedule, click here for the NCAA website.

Don’t worry about missing any of the excitement with Great Plains Communications cable services. If you currently aren’t taking advantage of our cable services, you can call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 to find out what we offer in your area.

Pick your teams, fill out your brackets and let’s play ball!

New ESPN/Disney Channels Are Coming Your Way

By now, readers of this blog know that we routinely work with the networks we air to make sure that we provide you with quality programming at a reasonable cost.  Well, we are pleased to announce that we have reached a new agreement with ESPN/Disney that will provide you with some great new channels and secure access to many current favorites for the next seven years!

ESPN/Disney has added two new channels to its group of programming services that we are required to add to our Digital Basic Tier. These channels are the SEC Network and Fusion. In addition to the new channels, the following channels are secure:  ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Disney Jr, and Disney XD.

We are very pleased to be able to add more programming to our family of channels and ensure that you have access to some of the most popular programming for years to come.  ESPN and ESPN2 routinely air major sporting events including BCS Bowl series and Monday Night Football and you can now be confident that you won’t miss a minute of it!

To find out which channels are available in your area, check out our handy channel guides, which provide the most up-to-date listings of channels available in your area.