Watching your favorite sports team can sometimes result in a wrestling match over who controls the remote control. But alas, there is some relief in sight, thanks to a new WatchESPN application for the iPhone and iPad. It lets you stream live ESPN broadcasts to your iOS devices, but there is a catch. You’ll need to subscribe to one of these cable or Internet providers to gain access: Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, and Verizon. Though for the latter provider, you’ll only have access to ESPN3 if you don’t subscribe to their TV access.
When you fire up the app it will request your cable subscription credentials. Without those and you won’t be able to view the streams. We like this approach better than apps that require you to be on your home’s network, which we’ve seen in the past. As of now the app isn’t optimized for the iPad, but you can expect that to arrive this May in the form of a free update.