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How to Get an ESPN+ Free Trial and Other Deals

ESPN+ does not offer a free trial, but you can still score a good deal

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ESPN+ features live games, recaps and highlights, original shows, and more content for sports fans. While the streaming service no longer offers a free trial, as of June 2020, there are some ways to save. We're sharing them all, below.

While subscribers have access to a solid lineup of scheduled content, as well as an on-demand library, the number of live games you can watch in MLB, NHL, and MLS is limited, and NFL and NBA games are not available at all. However, there are thousands of live events from the soccer leagues -- Bundesliga, Emirates FA Cup, LaLiga, Copa Del Rey, Carabao Cup, EFL, and Scottish Premiership; in Tennis -- Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open, and World Team Tennis; Gold -- PGA Tour and the Masters; combat sports -- UFC, Top Rank and PFL; and much more. 

ESPN+ is best considered a supplemental source of sports programming, with a ton of bonus goodies. Popular programs include documentary series like 30 for 30 and ESPN originals like Man in the Arena, the inside look at NFL QB Tom Brady, weekly shows like The Fantasy Show, and daily radio shows (podcasts) like #Greeny and Canty & Golic Jr

So, how much is ESPN+? The service has partnered with other streaming services to offer valuable deals and discounts if you want to bundle services together into one subscription. You can also save a few bucks with a yearly subscription, or if you decide to buy ESPN+ along with a UFC Pay-Per-View event.

ESPN+ Free Trial

Unlike many live TV streaming services, like Hulu + Live TV, there is no ESPN+ free trial. But, with a monthly rate of $10 and the ability to cancel your subscription at any time, you can check out the service for a month at a relatively low rate. To learn more about what the service has to offer, take a look at our ESPN+ review for a rundown of all the available programming.

If you're interested in watching live sports on ESPN+, you can check out the streaming schedule to see if there are games you're interested in during the first month of your service. With this type of planning, you're assured to get some bang for your buck even if you don't end up continuing your subscription.

ESPN+ Bundles

For streamers looking to save on subscriptions, ESPN+ features a few bundles that pair it with other popular streaming platforms. As more viewers make the switch from cable TV to pure internet streaming, using bundles to save on multiple services can be a big help in reducing the cost of your monthly entertainment bill. ESPN+ is available in three bundles:

  • Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ bundle
  • Disney+, Hulu (No Ads), and ESPN+ bundle
  • ESPN+ on Hulu bundle

Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ Bundle

This Disney Bundle, which includes ESPN+, Disney+, and the version of Hulu with ads, costs $14/mo. Although ESPN+ is the only one of the three services that comes with live streaming, both Disney+ and Hulu have impressive on-demand libraries with thousands of hours of movies and shows to choose from. 

Disney+ includes most of the favorites you know and love from the extensive Disney library. This includes content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. It also offers current content produced specifically for the service. Hulu features tons of movies and shows from a range of traditional networks. It also has a robust offering of award-winning original programming, such as The Handmaid's Tale, Nine Perfect Strangers, Little Fires Everywhere, and more. 

If purchased separately, Disney+ costs $8/mo.; Hulu is $7/mo.; and ESPN+costs $10/mo. So if you purchase the bundle at $14/mo., you can cut down on costs for the three services. Sign up for the Disney Bundle here.

Disney+, Hulu (No Ads), and ESPN+ Bundle

If you prefer to watch Hulu without ads (and who doesn't?), you can pay a few extra bucks per month for the same Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ bundle, but with no ads for Hulu's on-demand library -- this bundle costs $22/mo. 

The Hulu (No Ads) package by itself costs $13/mo., which is $6/mo. more than the Hulu package with ads. 

Buying ESPN+ on Hulu 

If you already have Hulu, and you want ESPN+, you don't need to worry about using a different app or website to watch ESPN+. Now you can buy and access ESPN+ using the Hulu app. 

Unfortunately, there's no discount for Hulu users who sign up for ESPN+, as the ESPN+ rate is the standard $10/mo. So your best bet might be to sign up for the Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ bundle. For the extra cost, you'll get access to the giant Disney+ on-demand library.

One difference, however, in streaming ESPN+ with Hulu is the Pay-Per-View events, which won't work. To watch those events, you'll need to log in to ESPN+ on the app or the website. And if there are any blackout restrictions to the content you view on ESPN+, those restrictions will carry over to Hulu, too.

Other ESPN+ Deals and Discounts

Aside from the bundles available, ESPN+ includes a couple of other ways people can shave a few bucks off the monthly fee. If you're a UFC fan, you could save a lot on a yearly subscription.

Get $14 off ESPN+ for One-Year Subscription 

If you sign up for a regular monthly plan for $10/mo., the yearly cost totals $120. But there's a lot of content to get on ESPN+, so if you're confident you'll use the service for a year, you can save by pre-paying with the ESPN+ Annual Plan, which has a flat fee of $100, giving you a savings of $20 for the year.

ESPN+, UFC PPV Package

A single UFC Pay-Per-View event costs $75. But, ESPN+ offers a package for UFC fans that includes substantial savings. For $125, new ESPN+ subscribers can get a UFC PPV event and a full year of ESPN+.

ESPN+ Deals Compared

Although there's no free trial for ESPN+, the low monthly rate and the opportunity to bundle the service with other popular streaming platforms makes ESPN+ an attractive option for sports fans.

The Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ bundle is one of the best deals around as it gives you three streaming services that includes popular entertainment from traditional network shows, Disney classics, and live sports events. That's hard to beat!

Our Final Take

At $10/mo., the ESPN+ price is very affordable and is available on a variety of devices. However, if you want lots of live sports from the country's top leagues on all the major networks, this service might not do the trick. But, for casual sports fans, it's a reliable streaming service with live game coverage every week. 

And, when bundled with Disney+ and Hulu, it's a great option. You can enjoy the large on-demand libraries from Disney and Hulu, and watch ESPN+ for your sports fix. 

Meanwhile, for UFC fans looking for a little extra sports content, the discount on a yearly subscription when purchased with a Pay-Per-View event is easily one of the most valuable deals around.