How to Stream ESPN Live on TV Without Cable
A lot of people want to “cut the cable cord”, but the biggest hang-up is always the same, “I would, but I don’t know how to stream ESPN live sports” or “how do I get ESPN without cable”.
The StreamSavvy team has heard this again and again. And again. Thankfully, there’s a really easy answer and you can get ESPN without cable. Actually, there are a bunch of ways to stream ESPN live on TV or on phone. Just like you would with cable or satellite, but without the sketchy, always-paying-more-than-expected-two-year-contracts that cable and satellite providers sucker you into.
Here’s what you need to know how to stream ESPN live TV without cable. There are four great ways to go about it:
Sling TV is an app that you can get on your phone, streaming device (like a Roku, Chromecast, or Amazon Fire Stick), or certain smart TVs. There are three basic options that Sling offers: Orange, Blue, and Orang+Blue. To access of of the best ways to get ESPN without cable, you will need Sling Orange or Orange+Blue. In addition to streaming ESPN live, this will also give you ESPN 2 and over 20 cable network channels, like TBS, TNT, CNN, and HGTV. You pay month-by-month, there are no long-term contracts, and you can cancel at any time. The cost of Sling TV Orange is $20 per month and the cost of Sling TV Orange+Blue is $40 per month.
Playstation Vue is also an app that you can get on your phone, streaming device (like a Roku, Chromecast, or Amazon Fire Stick), gaming console, or certain smart TVs. YOU DO NOT NEED A PLAYSTATION GAMING CONSOLE. Playstation Vue has four tiers: Access, Core, Elite, and Ultra. To stream ESPN live TV and ESPN 2, the entry-level tier is all you need. For any of the PS Vue tiers, you pay month-by-month, there are no long-term contracts, and you can cancel at any time. This tier also gives you about 50 cable network channels including FS1, TNT, TBS, and FX. The cost of the Access package is $29.99 per month.
DirecTV Now is the newest streaming option on the market. It also allows you to stream ESPN live TV through its app. Although it’s on a more limited set of devices compared to the other apps that get you access to watch ESPN live, DirecTV Now is expanding its device footprint. The base price is $35 per month, and like the other options, you pay month-by-month, there are no long-term contracts, and you can cancel at any time.
WatchESPN is the official streaming app for ESPN. The WatchESPN app gives you great access to stream games that are airing live on ESPN. Traditionally, you needed a cable or satellite TV subscription. Then you could log into WatchESPN with your provider credentials. However, now you can get access to stream live sports on ESPN through the WatchESPN app using your Sling TV (Orange) or Playstation Vue (all tiers) credentials. In addition to watching live games on ESPN, you can also watch live TV for games on partner channels. This includes ABC, ESPN 2, and a ton of other smaller games on ESPN 3. Signing up for the WatchESPN app with Sling and PS Vue credentials is super easy. We like easy when it comes to figuring out how to stream ESPN live.
Once you’re set up
After you’ve subscribed to one of the streaming services, the best way to see what’s streaming live is the StreamSavvy mobile app. Currently it’s available for iOS on the Apple App Store. Download the app today.
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