"This will be a great opportunity for fans from around the country to access our program and experience ESPN360 in their own homes and offices," said Drum Corps International Communications Manager Chris Weber. "We hope our fans enjoy having the ability to view the program on-demand during this free trial period, and will also use this as another opportunity to enjoy the incredible performances of the world's most elite and exclusive marching music ensembles along with their friends and coworkers." Available normally in more than 15 million homes nationwide that receive high-speed Internet service through an ESPN-affiliated provider, ESPN360 delivers hundreds of hours of content each month. In 2006, the service delivered more than 200 live events including college basketball and football, IRL races, figure skating, collegiate wrestling and lacrosse, boxing, rodeo and more. Additionally, ESPN360 delivers highlights, on-demand episodes of popular ESPN programs such as "Pardon The Interruption," inside analysis, extended interviews, and other broadband extensions of ESPN televisions programs. "We're very pleased to be able to include the dynamic content from the Drum Corps International World Championships during this free trial period," said David Sweeney, Senior Director, Affiliate Marketing – Disney and ESPN Media Networks. "We're confident that DCI fans will enjoy the ability to view the World Championship performances in a whole new way through ESPN360." ESPN360 also features special event-specific channels of content, providing fans with a 360-degree view of the event. Recent packages include a look inside the heritage of the USC-Michigan match-up in the Rose Bowl, examining Bobby Knight as he broke the record for all-time men's college basketball coaching victories, and the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry. Each package included a mix of in-depth analysis, as well as content that provided historical context to these events including condensed archived games and historical interviews and features from ESPN's vast archive of content.
ESPN360's last "All-Access" period was from June 26 to July 19 and included extensive programming highlighted by live simulcasts of FIFA World Cup quarterfinal and semi-final games, helping make the 2006 FIFA World Cup the most viewed event in ESPN360's history. All ESPN360 content can be watched in a variety of screen sizes and fans can search the ESPN360 video library for a particular topic, share videos with friends and challenge friends in the original ESPN360 video games. The free trial period starts Thursday, March 1. Check it out at www.espn360.com.