ESPN has long been one of the most recognizable names in the world of sports. A few years ago the network heavyweight entered the streaming space with ESPN+. The streaming service features live game coverage for pro baseball, hockey, and more--as well as a nice range of original shows and other sports-related content.
You won't find the same programming as you would on the main ESPN network. Instead, ESPN+ works best as an additional content to compliment your main way to watch live sports and related coverage. But at $6 per month, the subscription is a great way to catch live games at a low price.
ESPN+ offers subscribers many ways to tune in. You should be able to use your favorite smartphone, web browser, streaming device, or smart TV. The service even gives you the option to stream using a video game console. Here's how to watch ESPN+ with your favorite devices.
Whether you choose to watch through the ESPN+ app, using the ESPN website, or directly from your device, ESPN+ makes it easy to catch live games and sports shows. We included all of the ways you can stream ESPN+ below, as well as how ESPN+ stacks up against other top streaming services when it comes to supported devices.
ESPN+ is compatible with both iPhones and Android smartphones. You can also use iPads and tablets that run on Android. To watch ESPN+ using a smartphone, you'll need to download the ESPN app. Using the main ESPN app, you'll be able to sign up for a new subscription or login to your existing ESPN+ account. You should also be able to manage your payment info from the app. If you have any trouble linking an existing subscription to your app, check out ESPN's help page.
The smart TVs that support ESPN+ are Android TVs and Samsung Smart TVs. To watch on a smart TV, just type ESPN+ into the search. But make sure you search for ESPN+, as some of the smart TVs may offer other ESPN-related services, as well. Newer Samsung Smart TVs allow you to sign up for a new ESPN+ subscription directly on the smart TV.
You can watch ESPN+ on your Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, or Xfinity Flex. With all of these devices, you can use the search function from the Home Screen to find ESPN+, or if your device supports voice commands, you can just say "ESPN PLUS," and the service will pop up automatically. Keep in mind that legacy Roku devices like Giga are no longer supported. Here is a full list of the Roku devices that won't work with ESPN+.
Both Xbox and PlayStation support streaming with ESPN+. You should be able to login to your account or purchase a new subscription through either of the consoles, although a new subscription may require you take down an activation code that you then use to sign up through a web browser. ESPN+ includes instructions on how to sign up through Xbox and PlayStation. Nintendo Switch users won't be able to stream ESPN+, but the console does include support for Hulu.
Most up-to-date web browsers should be able to handle ESPN+. Just go to ESPN.com and login. Then select the ESPN+ option, and click "Watch Now." If you have any trouble viewing, check to see if your browser needs to be updated. Keep in mind that the more popular web browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, and Firefox, are updated regularly and usually offer the best support for streaming video online.
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One of the perks of ESPN+ is that you can watch using many different devices, and you may already have a streaming device or two at home. But if you're looking for some of the best ways to stream ESPN+, here are our picks for the top devices.
If you already use Amazon Prime Video as one of your main ways to watch TV, using ESPN+ on your Amazon Fire TV stick is a no-brainer. Most of these streaming devices support 4K video streaming, and the Alexa voice controls allows you to access ESPN+ quickly, so you don't have to worry about sorting through the home screen to find the service every time you want to watch.
The iPad Pro is Apple's premium smart device, and if you're looking to stream live games or sports shows away from home, the iPad Pro is a great choice. Although the price is on the higher end of devices,HD video streaming is supported, and the iPad Pro serves many of the same functions as a standard laptop. The user interface is also incredibly simple, which is great for people who don't use technology often. If you prefer android devices, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is another solid choice.
If you already use Xfinity as your internet service provider, then you probably have the option to get Xfinity's streaming device, Xfinity Flex, for free. The user interface can be a little confusing, but the remote supports voice commands, which is a big help. And Xfinity Flex also has the ability to stream video in HD.
Both Xbox and PlayStation feature excellent HD video streaming capabilities, and you'll have no trouble watching ESPN+ with top resolution, no matter which one you choose. However, PlayStation's user interface for video streaming apps is a little easier to navigate, so if you have the choice, ESPN+ subscribers will appreciate PlayStation's slick user experience for watching TV.
If you're looking for an affordable way to stream live sports, using ESPN+ with a Roku Express is probably the best option you'll find. You can buy a Roku Express for about $30, and while this streaming device only offers the bare essentials, it works well and you'll have no trouble watching live content on ESPN+. And because ESPN+ only costs $6 per month, you can get started with live sports for under $40, which is a great deal, considering how expensive it can be to watch live games at home.
ESPN+ offers a nice selection of live pro and college games, sports commentary, and original shows--as well as many different ways to watch. And with a subscription cost of $6 per month or $60 per year, it's easily one of the lowest-cost options around for people without cable TV to catch games live. You may also be able to snag a free trial of the service so you can make sure it has eveyrthing you're looking for.
However, you can't choose the live games you get to watch, and there's no live NFL or NBA games at the moment, so it probably won't work as your main way to watch sports live. If you're looking for a sports streaming option, we recommend Hulu + Live TV or FuboTV. Both of these streaming services feature top networks that include plenty of live game coverage.
ESPN+ definitely works best as an additional sports streaming service, and because you can use it with most of the major streaming devices, as well as on the ESPN app, you should be able to watch ESPN's streaming service with a device that you already have around the house.