How to Stream ESPN Live TV: What You Need to Know

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

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

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

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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StreamSavvy Guide: What to Watch December 8

Here’s what to watch on December 8.


Series Premiere: The Selection

Ordinary civilians go through Special Ops training. If you’re not sure what to watch tonight, this is a great bet. The History Channel launches its newest series tonight with the first of eight The Selection: Special Operations Experiment episodes. The unscripted series follows 30 men and women as they are pushed to the edge and beyond by a team of instructors trained by Navy SEALs, Green Berets, and Army Rangers.  (History Channel 10/9c)

Still not sure about it? Here’s what to watch – awesome trailer – or get up to speed on the intense instructors.

How to watch: You can stream the History Channel through Sling TV (Orange or Blue).


Season Premiere: Gangland Undercover

If you love Narcos, Breaking Bad, and any other show about the drug world, and you’re not sure what to watch, get a jump on Gangland Undercover’s second season tonight. The real-life-but-fictionalized version of Charles Falco had us hooked in during the first season, and we can’t wait to see him continue his crusade as a former meth dealer who became an ATF agent. (A&E 10/9c)

The preview for tonight’s show looks awesome or read up on an interview with Charles Falco himself.

How to watch: You can stream the A&E through Sling TV (Orange or Blue).


What to Watch Sports: Raiders vs. Chiefs

Every year these Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs meet twice during the season. A lot of years, both teams suck. They still go after each other with a nasty chip on their shoulders. Tonight, that chip just got a whole lot bigger, and the matchup just got nastier. Both teams are actually good. Both teams are in the playoff hunt. This one’s going to be good. And you can watch on Twitter. That’s cool. (NBC | Twitter | NFL Network 10/9c)

If you aren’t already pumped up, this should do it.

How to watch: You can stream the game tonight through Twitter on your phone or on some streaming devices. You can also stream on the NFL Network through Sling TV (Blue) or Playstation Vue (Slim Core or higher). If none of these options work for you, there’s always NBC on the digital antenna.

The Selection: Special Ops Experiment

Could you handle it? Or would you quit? Stream The Selection as 30 ordinary civilians go through Special Ops training. Trust us, it’s worth watching this one.

The History Channel launches its newest series December 8th with the first of eight The Selection: Special Operations Experiment episodes.

How to Stream the Selection

The show airs at 10/9c on Thursday nights.

How to stream: You can stream the History Channel through Sling TV (Orange or Blue).

About the Show

The unscripted series follows 30 men and women as they are pushed to the edge and beyond by a team of instructors trained by Navy SEALs, Green Berets, and Army Rangers. The elite team of instructors breaks the participants down both mentally and physically through tear gas, psychological warfare, interrogation tactics, and much more.

The cool thing about this show is that there is no reward. You can’t be “being voted off the island”. And there’s definitely no “ring ceremony”. No. This show is about pride. It’s about standing up to the toughest training in the world and coming out a tested warrior. At any time, any one of the participants can ring the bell and walk away.

“Throughout the history of our nation, Special Operations training tactics has played an integral part in our military endeavors and this series gives viewers a rare glimpse into what it takes to be selected among the elite,” said Paul Cabana, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, HISTORY. “‘The Selection’ will offer civilians the unique opportunity to take part in an immersive, authentic course instructed by different branches leading together, while giving viewers insight into the origins of these challenges.”

StreamSavvy Guide: What to Stream December 7, 2016


The Next Big Show: Incorporated

The first episode of Incorporated aired on November 30. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are the executive producers. It’s set in a fascinating future world of 2074 where large corporations rule – sounds not-too-unlikely right now. It’s catching a lot of great buzz. You can be still be one of the first to get in on the Incorporated train…or a futuristic flying drone. (SyFy 10/9c)

Check out the trailer for the show.

How to watch: You can stream the SyFy channel through Sling TV (Blue) or Playstation Vue (all tiers).

HAIRSPRAY LIVE! -- Pictured: "Hairspray Live" Logo -- (Photo by: NBCUniversal)

Third Time’s a Charm: Hairspray Live!

First it was a movie. Then it was a Broadway show based on the movie. Tonight, you get to see the special, based on a Broadway show, based on a movie. How can you pass that up? Plus, what Wednesday would be complete without some 80s? (NBC 8/7c)

Here’s more on the cast for tonight.

How to watch: You can stream NBC through Sling TV (Blue) in select markets (basically major cities). If you are in an area that doesn’t get live TV through Sling, your digital antenna should work well.


West Coast Showdown: Warriors vs. Clippers

Battle for Cali. Western Conference challenge. Two of the top three teams go head-to-head tonight on the hardcourt at the Staples Center in LA. This is the first of four meetings between Steph Curry’s Golden State Warriors and Doc Rivers’ Los Angeles Clippers. If you’re an “East Coaster” and think it’s too late…suck it up. This will be a good one. (ESPN 10:30/9:30c)

Watch the Top 10 moments that have created this rivalry.

How to watch: You can stream ESPN through Sling TV (Orange) or Playstation Vue (all tiers). With both of these streaming services, you can use your credentials to log into the WatchESPN app for free. This is a great way to watch the game too.

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StreamSavvy TV Guide recommendations for Tuesday, December 6.

This Is Us TV Show

Fall Finale: This Is Us

The show that quietly took the fall season and our hearts wraps up tonight until January 10. The Christmas episode promises to keep delivering and pulling at our heart strings as the family makes a trip to the hospital. (NBC 9/8c)

Check out the fall finale preview.

How to watch: In select markets (basically major cities), you can stream NBC through Sling TV (Blue). If you are in an area that doesn’t get live TV through Sling, your digital antenna should work well.

Reggie Watts: Spatial

Special Netflix Premiere: Reggie Watts Spatial

It’s quirky. It’s different. Netflix continues its month-long push of a crazy amount of new content. Reggie Watts gets his own TV show for the first time after making his mark on IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! and on The Late Late Show with James Cordon. Another review sums this one up well, “It’s alternately exhilarating, silly, exhausting, and transcendent.” (Netflix)

Check out the official Netflix preview.

How to watch: Netflix.


A Different Dose of Reality: Window Warriors

There’s pretty much a reality TV show for everything now, from real estate agents to runway designers to island dwellers. Game Show Network delivered the newest reality show three weeks ago with window-display creators. If you haven’t seen it yet, this would be a great week to flip it on. It has its own standard ridiculousness, like any reality show, but if you can past that, it’s a cool behind-the-scenes look at a job that is responsible for what we see every time we step out the door.  (GSN 10/9c)

How to watch: you’ll need the Sling TV Comedy Plus Extra. This means that if you are subscribed to one of Sling TV’s base packages (Orange or Blue), you can add the Comedy Plus Extra for $5 per month.

Still recovering from that insane Westworld finale? Not ready to forget about it until 2018? Here are a few pieces on the finale:

How To Watch Shows Online Free

Everyday more TV shows come available online or through apps. Some of the shows are free, and some of the content is paid. If you know where to look and you’re okay waiting a day after live airing to watch TV shows, then you’re in luck. You can watch free TV.

There are always sketchy ways to watch content, like people on Periscope allowing you to “watch” a show on their TV. It happens. If you’re like us, you want a quality watching experience – great shows in HD. But you don’t want to subject your computer to the evils of weird and illegal sites.

To help you out, here are some of our favorite apps and sites to watch TV shows for free online. Something to note, since they are free to watch, for almost all of the sites or apps, you will have to watch commercials…but it’s free. So we can live with it. Happy watching!

  1. NBC. The NBC app is a great place to catch a lot of free TV. There’s a similar selection of free shows as well. On, the episodes typically come available 24 hours after airing, and the two most recent episodes can be viewed without having cable / satellite credentials.
  2. Crackle. A great place to look for old favorite TV shows, like Seinfeld and Married with Children. However, the one of the things that we love most about Crackle? Their original shows. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is a legit great show, and not just because it’s free.
  3. PBS. A selection of PBS’s content is available online and through their app. Genuinely quality content comes through the Masterpiece shows, and this is a great place to start a search if you’re looking for something free to watch.
  4. Newsy. As the name would suggest, a go-to spot for free news content. It’s one of the fastest growing video news sources it’s definitely worth scanning through their available videos when you want to catch up on news.
  5. CBS News app. This is one of our favorite news apps out there, and the CBS digital team does a great job of providing a continuous loop of news, covering the biggest stories of the day.

El Clasico

Yes! It’s here.

There are rivalries in sports. Yankees-Red Sox. Ohio State-Michigan. Packers-Bears.

Then there’s THE rivalry between the two giants of La Liga, Real Madrid and Barcelona. 114 years in the making. The rivalry represents so much more than just soccer. For the two Spanish sides, it is about political struggle, cultural identity…then there’s the soccer too.

Whether you’re a big soccer fan or not, this one is worth watching as you will see the world’s best,  on one of the biggest stages as the teams square off at Barcelona’s Camp Nou.

Madrid is in the best position they’ve been in for years. They sit atop La Liga standings with an unblemished record. Barcelona is in a must win situation.

“If we win on Saturday, things will look different,” Gerard Pique said. “If we lose, things will become very complicated.”

The Barcelona defender went further, “Madrid have the luxury of being able to lose. We don’t.”

So wake up, make yourself some waffles, pour yourself a good cup coffee, maybe throw some Bailey’s in it, and turn on THE game.

When: 10:15am EST

Here’s how to watch it:

The game will be live streamed through Bein Sports. To access the Bein Sports channel, you have three options.

  1. FuboTV – a soccer-focused streaming service that gives you a small bundle of channels that show great US and international soccer. Fubo gives you a free 24-hour trial. Try it out for free.
  2. Sling TV – to access Bein Sports, you’ll need to subscribe to one of the base packages, Orange ($20 per month) or Blue ($25 per month). Once you have one of these subscriptions, you add the Sports Extra add-on for an additional $5 per month. You can try Sling TV out for 7 days for free. Check it out.
  3. Playstation Vue – you’ll need the 2nd tier from PS Vue to get access to the Bein Sports channel. This is the Slim Core tier, and it is $35 per month.

NFL Thursday Night Football

Here’s your guide for who is playing in the Thursday Night Football Game. Not only will we show you who plays in each Thursday Night Football game, we’ll show you how to stream and watch the games.

The thing about Thursday Night Football this year is that you can watch more ways than ever. That includes watching your favorite team by streaming it for free through Twitter. And we think that’s pretty cool.

So regardless of who’s playing and what you’re doing, check out the next Thursday night NFL game on NBC, CBS, the NFL Network, and now Twitter.

To see all the ways you can watch and never miss the start of the football weekend, download the StreamSavvy iOS mobile app.



This Is Us

One of our favorite new shows this season. NBC delivers a winner with this gritty drama that doesn’t settle for easy answers. From flashbacks to the present, follow the Pearson family through the ups and downs of life.

This is one show to add to your lineup this fall.

Download the free StreamSavvy iOS mobile app and save This Is Us to your favorites to never miss an episode.




If you haven’t checked out Westworld yet, you’re missing one of the season’s hottest new shows. Step into the amusement park where robotic hosts make the guests wildest fantasies come true – without any consequences. Part fantasy, part sci-fi, part drama. Westworld will get you hooked.

Based on the Michael Crichton 1973 movie that received critical acclaim starring Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris.

Download the free StreamSavvy iOS mobile app and save Westworld to your favorites to never miss an episode.