Now it appears as though both apps are no longer available on the Apple TV third generation.
In order to play content from ESPN or ABC News, users will have to AirPlay it from a device like the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. The ESPN and ABC News apps are available on the tvOS-based Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K.
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