How to stream ESPN

ESPN used to be the domain of cable viewers, but now you have options.

Jul 31, 2020, 3:55 pm*

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  • ESPN is available on live tv streaming services like Hulu wih Live TV, Sling TV, AT&T Now, Youtube TV, Vidgo … and as a welcome addition, FuboTV.
  • The stand-alone subscription service ESPN+ does not include a live stream of the ESPN broadcast.

BEST WAYS TO STREAM ESPN WITHOUT CABLE


No matter which sport is currently in season, you’re always going to need to know how to watch ESPN without cable.

Just a few short years ago, cutting the cord with your cable company meant having to compromise your desires. No one felt this pain more than professional sports fans. If you wanted to watch sports without cable, you had four options: Hope the game in question is on broadcast TV, go to the game live, befriend someone with cable, or hang out in a sports bar. 

Fret not, for those days are no more. You no longer have to swear allegiance to a cable company if you want Monday Night Football and SportsCenter. All your favorite programming can now be accessed through a number of streaming services and devices.

  • Launched: September 7, 1979
  • Owner: The Walt Disney Company
  • Slogan: The World Wide Leader in Sports
  • Headquarters: Bristol, Connecticut
  • Related Channels: ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNews, ESPN Deportes, Longhorn Network, SEC Network, ACC Network, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded
  • Popular ESPN Shows: 30 for 30, NFL Primetime Live, Sports Center, Pardon the Interruption, College Game, First Take, Around the Horn
  • Popular Sports on ESPN: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Ice Hockey, Tennis, Cricket, Golf, MMA, Boxing, Motorsports, Rugby

How to stream ESPN without cable: Which streaming services carry ESPN?

Hulu Live TV Logo
7 Day TrialFREE
Live TV
+Hulu
$54.99
Live TV
+Hulu (no ads)
$60.99
7-Day Free Trial
Hulu Live TV Guide
Hulu Live TV Channels
Hulu Live TV Local Channels

Hulu Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream live TV, perhaps because you gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to mention Hulu’s original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have a ton of local, entertainment, and sports channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geographic and Syfy.


Sling TV
Sling Orange$30
Sling Blue$30
Sling Orange & Blue$45
14-Day Free Trial
Sling TV Guide
Sling TV Channels
Sling TV Devices

For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. You’ll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Whichever package you choose, you can save $10 on your first month. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.


fubo tv
Standard$54.99
Family$59.99
Ultra$84.99
7-Day Free Trial
FuboTV Guide
FuboTV Channels
FuboTV Devices

FuboTV was built from the ground up with sports fans in mind. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, or even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are here too, including Viceland, Bravo, and IFC.


vidgo
Core$29.99
Plus$39.99
Latino$9.99
Latino Mas$19.99
7-Day Free Trial
Vidgo Guide
Vidgo Channels
Vidgo Devices

Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package, including ABC, Fox, the Disney family of channels, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes and BeIN Sports. It offers an array of entertainment favorites, including A&E, HGTV, History, Lifetime, and a full range of Nickelodeon channels, including TeenNick and NickToons.

College sports fans will love it, too: The ACCN, Big Ten Network, the Longhorn Network, and Pac-12 Network are all on the Core package, and for $10 more, the Plus package offers all six market-specific Pac-12 Networks.


at&t TV Now
Plus$65
Max$80
Ultimate$135
7-Day Free Trial
AT&T TV Now Guide
AT&T TV Now Channels
AT&T TV Now Devices

There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. The second you sign up, you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO in the Plus and Max channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR, which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.


Youtube TV
Monthly$49.99
5-Day Free Trial
YouTube TV Guide
YouTube TV Channels
YouTube TV Devices

YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts, and each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. You can’t beat the variety, either: There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels, while Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)


Monthly$4.99
Annually$49.99
ESPN+ bundled
with Disney+
and Hulu
$12.99


Sports Channels Streaming Guides

ESPN+DAZNFANATIZ
ESPNESPN2ESPN3
ESPNUESPN DeportesACC Network
Big Ten NetworkBeIN SportsFox Sports
FS1FS2MLB Network
Mountain West NetworkNBA TVNBC Golf
NBC Sports NetworkNFL NetworkNFL Redzone
NHL NetworkPac 12 NetworkTennis Channel
SEC NetworkWWE NetworkUFC Fight Pass

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*First Published: Jul 31, 2020, 1:29 pm