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ESPN Deportes launched in 2004, and it’s been all but mandatory for Spanish-speaking sports fans ever since. It’s home to all sorts of soccer, NFL and NCAA football games, the NBA, UFC, boxing, and so much more. And its studio programs range from SportsCenter to the chill hangouts of Ahora o Nunca and the love-it-or-hate-it-or-sometimes-both institution that is Fútbol Picante.
For years, live sports posed the biggest challenge to aspiring cable cutters. Sure, you could binge Breaking Bad on Netflix all day. But if you wanted to watch Liga MX matches live (legally and hassle-free, anyway), you faced more of a struggle. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case. With any one of a variety of live TV subscription services, you can catch ESPN Deportes, no cable subscription needed.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch ESPN Deportes online.
How to watch ESPN Deportes for free
There are a number of live TV streaming services that offer ESPN Deportes. So, how do you decide which one is right for you? Well, that depends on your budget, what other channels you just can’t live without, and what device (or devices) you plan on streaming with. We cover all of those essential issues below. But don’t worry: No matter which service you select, you’ll be able to start with a one-week trial, allowing you to watch ESPN Deportes for free.
1) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Dish Network’s foray into over-the-internet live TV is the most popular such service in the U.S. That’s no surprise, given the low barrier to entry it offers for many of the most popular cable networks. For only $25 a month, you can sign up for a tier of Sling TV that will handily compete with any basic cable package. Sling TV offers a slightly dizzying array of options: two distinct packages (Sling Orange and Sling Blue) that you can sign up for separately or together (Sling Orange + Blue, which costs just $40 per month), and add-ons ranging from premium channels like Starz to cloud DVR storage.
To watch ESPN Deportes, you’ll actually want the $30-per-month Best of Spanish + Sling Orange package, which includes a full block of ESPN channels (ESPN Deportes, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3), AMC, HGTV, and lots more. It’s part of Sling TV Latino, a package for bilingual families that includes more than 15 essential Spanish channels, including NBC Universo, beIN Sports, Azteca, and History en Español. Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu is practically an elder statesman on the streaming entertainment scene, first launching in 2007 and quickly garnering fans as one of the best places to catch up on streaming episodes of recent TV series. But over the years Hulu has expanded its offerings considerably, with a variety of subscription tiers both commercial-free and ad-supported—as well as its own Netflix-style slate of often-excellent original programming. Hulu with Live TV includes access to all of Hulu’s own original content, of course, but also allows you to watch over 60 channels live, Viceland included, with 50 hours of storage dedicated to live TV—a particularly handy feature for sports fans.
To watch ESPN Deportes on Hulu, you’ll need the $4.99-per-month Español add-on, which also includes NBC Universo, CNN en Español, and more. You can check out a complete list of Hulu with Live TV’s channels here.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
PlayStation Vue is Sony’s offering in the crowded live-streaming-TV arena, and with packages that start at $44.99 for over 45 channels, it’s a solid option. You can save shows up to 28 days, and up to five people can share a package. Four tiers—Access, Core, Elite, and Ultra—allow you to pick the package that works for you. For ESPN Deportes, you’ll need the PlayStation Vue Elite or Ultra tiers. And if your God of War machine doubles as your primary media center, PlayStation Vue is the only game in town—no other streaming TV service works on the PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3. You can see all of the PlayStation Vue channels here, and read more about the PlayStation Vue DVR here.
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Patrick Caldwell is a streaming entertainment reporter. He previously served as a staff music critic at the Austin American-Statesman.