How to watch ESPN2 without cable

Here's everything you need to know.

Oct 25, 2018, 5:30 am


Joseph Knoop 

Joseph Knoop

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Turns out Ricky Bobby was wrong. Just because you’re not first doesn’t mean you’re last. ESPN2 is a living testament to that. The secondary channel is nearly as essential as ESPN itself, offering up countless live games across all the sports you care about, and replays of your favorite ESPN programs like SportsCenter. Here’s everything you need to know to find an ESPN2 live stream.



What is ESPN2?

Launched in 1993, ESPN2 was originally designed to be a more youth-centric sports network, and it showed in its graffiti logo and the graphics that ran over shows like SportsNight with Keith Olbermann and more extreme alternative sports coverage, like snowboarding and lumberjack logging. By the late 1990s, the youthful angle began getting phased out for more mainstream coverage, allowing the overall ESPN brand a secondary channel for what was certainly an overflowing schedule. Now on ESPN2, you can find games and matches from the MLB, Major League Soccer, NCAA football and basketball, and even NASCAR on ESPN2. It’s also essential for streaming college football.

ESPN2 live stream: 5 ways to watch ESPN2 online for free

If you have a way to watch ESPN online, chances are you can also stream ESPN2. The channels tend to be packaged together on most of the major live TV streaming services. The exception is FuboTV, which doesn’t offer any ESPN channels. Here are your best options for an ESPN2 live stream and what you need to know about each one.

1) Hulu with Live TV

Do you want ESPN? Well darn it, you’re getting (almost) every ESPN channel known to mankind in one package, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN News, ESPNU, ESPN Goal Line, and ESPN Bases Loaded. Other sports channels include the Big Ten Network, CBS Sports, FS1 and FS2, NBC Sports, and the Golf Channel. If ESPN is what you came for, it’s what you’re getting. (Here’s a complete guide to Hulu Live TV channels.)

Game-changing feature: Every subscription comes with free access to Hulu’s on-demand library, meaning you can catch up on all of your favorite shows. (Here are our picks for the best movies on Hulu, Hulu documentaries, anime, and the must-see Hulu originals.)

2) Sling TV

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Sling TV is a great bet for sports fans, but it comes with a catch or two. In the Sling Orange pack, you’ll get ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, but all the other sports channels are in the Sling Blue package. You can combine them for $40 a month, and snag NFL RedZone (along with a smattering of other core sports channels) for an extra $10 per month. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels.)

Game-changing feature: Price. Sling TV is the cheapest way to watch ESPN2 online.

3) AT&T TV Now

  • Cost: $65-$135 per month
  • AT&T TV Now devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)

AT&T TV Now is a bonus for AT&T wireless customers, especially for those who happen to be soccer fans. It provides instant access to more than 45 channels, including local channels. That means NBC as well as NBCSN for Premier League action, Fox as well as FS1 and FS2 for MLS, Bundesliga, the U.S. men’s and women’s teams, and even Liga MX offerings, and ESPN and ESPN2 for its array of soccer and other sports programming. It even offers free HBO on PLUS and MAX channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR for up to 20 hours of TV recording per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.

4) Vidgo

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  • Cost: $14.99-24.99 or $39.99-$49.99 per month
  • Vidgo devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices

Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package, including ABC, Fox, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes and BeIN Sports, for sports fans. It offers an array of entertainment favorites, including A&E, HGTV, History, Lifetime, and a full range of Nickelodeon channels, including TeenNick and NickToons.

College sports fans will love it, too: The ACCN, Big Ten Network, the Longhorn Network, and Pac-12 Network are all on the Core package, and for $10 more, the Plus package offers all six market-specific Pac-12 Networks. 

If you just want your Vidgo en Español, it features programming from throughout the Americas and even Spain in two skinny packages. Both the Latino Streaming Plan ($14.99 per month) and Latino Mas Streaming Plan ($24.99 per month) include BeIN’s main Spanish-language channel, TyC Sports, and Azteca America, while the higher tier adds DAZN, Fox Deportes, and ESPN Deportes.

Also, through its Vidgo app, it’s offering the option of Social TV, which allows Vidgo users to connect in real-time as they’re watching programming on their phones.

5) YouTube TV

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YouTube TV is one of the best options for streaming sports of almost any stripe. You get ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, and ESPNU. You’ll also get FS1 and FS 2, MLB Network, NBA TV, NBCSN, Big Ten Network, and CBS Sports. Not bad for a cool $40 a month. If you’ve got a family with diverse tastes, up to six of you can watch whenever you like and you’ll your own unlimited DVR accounts. (Here’s a complete guide to YouTube TV channels.)

Game-changing feature: You can add up to six accounts per household, and each one of those accounts gets unlimited cloud DVR. Even better: You can fast-forward through ads in recorded programs.

Other ways to watch ESPN2

1) Official ESPN site

If you’re want to watch ESPN2 on desktop, you can always do so from your web browser. ESPN recommends that you run the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Explorer, and that you have an internet speed of at least 2 Mbps. (For a full list of system requirements, go here.) You’ll find all of the live ESPN2 programming under the Watch tab. Just press the play button on the video player, and you’ll be prompted to enter your login information. ESPN accepts DirecTV Now, Hulu, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV credentials in addition to standard cable providers. Just select which one you use from the list, put your information in, and you’re set.

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2) ESPN app

Cost: Free to download

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

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