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How to stream ESPN3 live

There’s a good chance you have access to ESPN3 and don’t even realize it.

Oct 13, 2020, 11:03 am*

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Joseph Knoop 

Joseph Knoop

If you’re confused about the state of ESPN3, you’re not alone. ESPN has so many channels and digital offerings it can be hard to keep track of them all. For the most part, what was once ESPN3 is folded into the ESPN+ streaming service. But there’s still good reason to stream ESPN3 on its own, and we’ll show you exactly how to do that for free.

Here’s everything you need to know to watch ESPN3 online.

What is ESPN3?

Unlike ESPN2, a sports channel that’s almost as essential as ESPN itself, ESPN3 is much more of a grab bag, both in terms of its content and where it’s available. It’s best to think of it as a key that unlocks a ton of additional programming and live sports on the ESPN site and WatchESPN app.

What will actually be on the ESPN3 channel you can find via a handful of providers? It’s hard to say, but there’s no shortage of content to choose from.

ESPN3 live stream: Which streaming servies carry ESPN3?

ESPN3 on FuboTV

FuboTV will get you ESPN3, but not quite as directly as the other ESPN channels. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, and even ESPNU stream are available on Fubo plans, and you can access them along with your other Fubo channels. To watch ESPN3, you need to access your ESPN app—read on to learn how to do that—and enter your Fubo credentials. Even a Fubo Standard plan allows you to stream ESPN3 live.

fubo tv
Standard$59.99
Family$64.99
Family with Showtime$74.99 ($69.99 for first 3 mos.)
Elite$79.99

ESPN3 on Sling TV

Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $30 per month.

Getting Sling Orange brings three ESPN channels (including ESPN3), while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NBCSN (where many Premier League soccer matches appear).

If you’re Team “Why Not Both?” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $45 per month.

Other features include a Free Cloud DVR tier for all subscribers (allowing 10 hours of recording a month), the ability to record all live linear channels, and no VOD preemption on any channels. New subscribers get $10 off the first month.

To maximize your sports streaming, you’ll want to add Sports Extras. It’s $15 a month for 19 channels, including ESPNews, ESPNU, MLB Network, and NBA TV.

Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from La Liga, Ligue 1 and Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Best of Spanish + Sling Orange for $35 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.

Sling TV
Orange$30
Blue$30
Orange + Blue$45

How to watch ESPN3 online

WatchESPN app and website

Cost: Free, but requires provider log-in

Devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Android and Kindle Fire, Google Chromecast, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, RokuApple TVAndroid TV, and iOS and Android devices

There’s a good chance you have access to stream ESPN3 and don’t even realize it. Anyone accessing WatchESPN, either the app or the main site, using a university (.edu) or military (.mil) network receive free access. Likewise, you may get complimentary access to ESPN3 via your internet service provider. (You can find a full list of providers here or in the WatchESPN app after clicking on a locked video.)

Even better, most of the live TV streaming services will unlock ESPN3 on WatchESPN. That includes Sling TV, Hulu, and YouTube TV.

Sports Channel and Streaming Service Guides

ESPN+ESPNESPN2
ESPN3ESPN DeportesESPNews
ESPNUFanatizFS1
FS2Fox DeportesACC Network
BeIn SportsBig Ten NetworkCBS Sports Network
DAZNFubo Sports NetworkGolf Channel
Longhorn NetworkMAVTVMLB Network
MotorTrendMountain West NetworkNBA TV
NFL NetworkNFL RedZoneNHL Network
Olympic ChannelOutside TVPac-12 Networks
PeacockRAI ItaliaSEC Network
StadiumTennis ChannelTUDN
UniMasUnivisionWWE

Live TV Service Guides

AT&T TV NOW CBS All AccessFubo TV
Hulu with Live TVPhiloPluto TV
Sling TVVidgoYouTube TV

Streaming Device Guides

Amazon FireApple TVAndroid
ChromecastiOSPlaystation
RokuSmart TVsXBox
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*First Published: Aug 26, 2020, 12:00 pm