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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

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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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 nbc.com as well. On nbc.com, 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.