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If you’re looking for the cheapest way to watch ESPN online, you can’t beat Sling TV. The live TV streaming service offers a block of ESPN channels for just $25 per month. Here’s everything you need to know about the service to get the most bang (and sports) for your buck.
Sling TV is the leader in live TV streaming. It essentially functions as an app on your smart TV or streaming device of choice. It’s compatible with Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices. (Go here for more on Sling TV devices.) Once you download and subscribe, you can watch all of your favorite channels, whether you’re on the go or on your couch. And depending on which package you choose, you stream from multiple devices at the same time.
One of the features that sets Sling TV apart from its competitors is its flexibility. Sling TV offers three basic packages—Sling Orange, Sling Blue, and Sling Orange + Blue—and more than a dozen add-on collections and premium channels, allowing you to custom-build your ideal package without all of the clutter that comes with cable or satellite. Another thing you won’t miss from cable: There are no long-term contracts or installation fees. You’ll be able to figure it out on your own (I promise) and cancel anytime.
If you want to watch ESPN on Sling TV, here’s what you need to do.
How to watch ESPN on Sling TV
1) Sling Orange
Cost: $25 per month
If all you care about is finding a way to watch ESPN, Sling TV’s entry-level package, called Sling Orange, will do the trick. It includes ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, and ESPN’s ACC Network Extra, in addition to must-have channels like AMC, CNN, HGTV, and Comedy Central. With this package, you can only stream on one device at a time. (Here’s a complete list of Sling TV channels.)
Cost: $40 per month
There are a lot of reasons why you might want to upgrade to Sling Orange + Blue, so let’s start with the obvious: the channels. With this upgraded package, you get all of the channels from Sling Orange and everything else you’d be missing for sports: FS1 and FS2, NFL Network, and more. What’s easy to overlook is that this package also contains local affiliates and sports networks for Fox and NBC. Another big selling point: With Sling Orange + Blue, you can stream on up to four devices at once.
No matter which base package you choose, you’ll also get on-demand content from ESPN. Right now you can watch all five episodes of the acclaimed docuseries O.J. Made in America on Sling TV, as well as 11 episodes across multiple seasons of 30 for 30, including Trojan War, about Pete Carroll’s reign at USC, which is in my personal queue.
Sling TV sports add-ons
If you want to maximize the number of sports channels you receive with Sling TV, you’ll want to consider two additional add-on packages.
1) Sports Extra: Sling Orange
Cost: $5 per month
The Sports Extra package is a no-brainer. You’ll get four additional ESPN channels, two college networks, NBA TV, NHL Network, and more. Here’s the complete breakdown:
- NBA TV
- SEC Network (2 channels)
- Pac 12 Network
- NHL Network
- BeIN Sports
- ESPN Goal Line
- ESPN Bases Loaded
- Outside TV
- Tennis Channel
2) Español: Best of Spanish TV (Sling Orange)
Cost: $5 per month
This is an awesome collection of Spanish programming that positions Sling TV to directly compete with FuboTV.
- ESPN Deportes
- Cine Latino
- Cine Sony
- Discovery en Español
- Discovery Familia
- History en Español
- BeIN Sports (4 channels)
- VME Kids
- BabyTV Español
- BBC’s CBeebies
- Hola TV
- LaLiga TV
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Austin Powell is the former managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.