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How to watch ESPN3 online without cable

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

Jun 16, 2020, 9:45 am*


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.

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

Where to stream ESPN3

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

Sling TV
Orange + Blue$45

Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $30 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels (including ESPN3), while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NBCSN (where many Premier League matches appear), NFL Network, and local channels. (Sling Blue customers in select markets get NBC, where some matches appear; see if yours has it here.) Sling Blue also brings Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and Headline News as part of its regular slate of channels, with Fox Business Channel available for those who get the Sling Blue News Extra add-on.

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 add BeIN Sports and ESPN Deportes and maximize your soccer-watching potential, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter also includes NFL RedZone.)

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.

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 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, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, Hulu, and YouTube TV.

Sports Channels Streaming Guides

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: Oct 27, 2018, 5:30 am