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How to stream ESPN

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


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Phil West


Posted on Jul 31, 2020   Updated on Jan 27, 2021, 11:02 am CST

Stream ESPN for a cornucopia of live sports and analysis.

  • ESPN is known as “the worldwide leader in sports,” and is an essential channel for any sports fan.
  • It built its reputation on broadcasting live sports events as well as providing stellar analysis.
  • Essential sports programming like Monday Night Football and the NBA features on ESPN.
  • ESPN is available on Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, AT&T Now, YouTube TV, Vidgo, and most recently, FuboTV.
  • The stand-alone subscription service ESPN+ does not include a live stream of the ESPN broadcast—but it’s also essential for sports fans.

No matter which sport is in season, you’ll want to know how to stream ESPN. Whether it’s Monday Night Football, NBA and Major League Baseball games, soccer matches, or highlights from around the sports world via SportsCenter, knowing how to watch ESPN is a must for sports fans.

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The 30 for 30 series is another example of why ESPN’s beloved by sports fans. It’s a deep dive into sports stories that’s gone well beyond its roots as a Bill Simmons project, into one of the network’s longest-running features.

The recent move by Fubo to pick up ESPN (among other Disney Media channels) shows just how important it is in the streaming world. Now, six different streaming services carry the network … though in some cases, you need to make sure you’re on the right plan to stream ESPN.

What is ESPN?

  • 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
  • Popular ESPN Shows: 30 for 30, NFL Primetime Live, SportsCenter, Pardon the Interruption, College GameDay, First Take, Around the Horn
  • Popular Sports on ESPN: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Ice Hockey, Tennis, Cricket, Golf, MMA, Boxing, Motorsports, Rugby

ESPN live stream: How to stream ESPN without cable

ESPN on Hulu with Live TV

Hulu Live TV is a great way to stream live TV, as it comes with access to Hulu’s massive library of on-demand content. You’ll be able to choose from movies, shows, and Hulu’s original programming, and keep up with what’s new each month. Hulu plans even include a bundle option where you can access Disney+ and ESPN+ along with Hulu.

Hulu Live TV sets you up with local channels and has a broad spectrum of entertainment and sports channels to review, including the full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, HGTV, and even deep cuts like National Geographic and Syfy.

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Hulu Live TV $69.99
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ESPN on Sling TV

If you’re looking for a streamlined, cost-effective streaming package, check out Sling TV. It offers two basic cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. There’s also the third option of getting Sling Orange + Blue for just $45 per month. Sling also has a number of add-ons, including robust international packages organized by languages all over the globe.

You’ll get more Sling TV channels by choosing Sling Blue, with its 40 channels including sports favorites like FS1 and NBCSN and cable mainstays like Food Network and Discovery Channel. But Sling Orange brings must-haves Disney Channel and ESPN as part of its package. Sling Orange + Blue will also get you ESPN, and it’s there if you can’t choose between the two skinnier packages.

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Orange + Blue$50

ESPN on FuboTV

FuboTV started as a streaming service geared toward sports fans, but it’s evolved into a broadly-appealing option with entertainment and news options alongside its robust sports choices. Depending on the package, you can access as many as 180+ FuboTV channels. If you’re looking to be entertained, Bravo, IFC, MTV, and VH1 are options even at Fubo’s most basic tier. The Fubo channel list still includes plenty of sports, including the Fubo Sports Network, which has original programming mixing sports and humor. The FuboTV cost starts at $54.99 a month, and with Disney Media favorites like ABC, ESPN, and the Disney Channel now on board, some who were on the fence about Fubo are giving it another look.

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If you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs, you might consider AT&T TV Now to cover streaming for you. AT&T TV Now channels start with Plus and Max, which even include HBO. Then, AT&T plans expand from there, approaching cable selection and pricing with AT&T TV Now’s biggest packages. AT&T streaming also comes with Cloud DVR, letting you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. If you’re looking for ESPN, don’t fear: It’s available at even the most basic levels.

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ESPN on YouTube TV

The YouTube TV channel list includes local channels, sports options including ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, and NBA TV, and plenty to keep kids (and kids at heart) occupied, including Disney Channel and its companion channels, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network—all in one easy-to-access package. It even comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. YouTube add-ons include HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz. YouTube TV packages have some advantages over their competitors, including a generous DVR and multiple screens package. From one account, each user can create an individual profile to track favorite shows.

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1 Month$64.99

ESPN on Vidgo

Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package. The baseline package of Vidgo channels include ABC, Fox, and the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes). Vidgo is also one of the few streaming services that carries BeIN Sports. But it’s like Fubo in that, even though it started out for streaming sports, it carries a lot more now. With Vidgo, you can watch a game on ESPN and chat about it online via Vidgo’s Social TV platform.

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English Premium Package$66.33/ 3 months
English Plus Package$53/ 3 months
Spanish Mas Package$25/ 3 months

Sports Channel and Streaming Service Guides

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BeIn SportsBig Ten NetworkCBS Sports Network
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Longhorn NetworkMAVTVMLB Network
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NFL NetworkNFL RedZoneNHL Network
Olympic ChannelOutside TVPac-12 Networks
PeacockRAI ItaliaSEC Network
StadiumTennis ChannelTUDN

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