What Is ESPN+ and How Does ESPN's Streaming Service Work?

Catch your favorite sporting events with the online streaming service

ESPN+ is a standalone streaming service from ESPN where you can live stream UFC events and live MLB, NHL, and Major League Soccer games, as well as documentaries, original programming, on-demand classic games, exclusive content, and much more. Here's everything you need to know about ESPN+ and how to get started streaming sports.

A man looks for streams to watch on the ESPN+ app.
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How Can You Access ESPN+?

Access ESPN+ on a mobile device by downloading the ESPN app for iOS or Android, and then upgrading to ESPN+ as an in-app purchase. For viewing on a TV or computer, get ESPN+ via the ESPN app or channel on a Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, or Amazon Fire TV streaming device, or via a Samsung Smart TV. Or, watch in a web browser, on an Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and more.

There's no need for a cable subscription to sign up for ESPN+, but real sports fans might not want to completely sever the cord just yet, as ESPN+ doesn't allow access to NBA or NFL games or marquee events on other channels.

Visit ESPN for a complete list of the devices that support ESPN+ as well as help for setting up the app.

What Does ESPN+ Get You?

ESPN+ has an impressive array of mainstream and eclectic sports content. Watch live Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, and Major League soccer games, as well as some college sports, PGA golf, boxing, and tennis matches.

If you're a UFC fan, you'll get access to special events, exclusive matches, and pay-per-view events that aren't accessible anywhere else. If you're a fan of less mainstream sports, you'll enjoy rugby, cricket, games from the Canadian Football League, and other international sports.

Aside from live games and matches, access written articles, sports podcasts, news, score updates, fantasy football information, original programming, condensed versions of ESPN's SportsCenter recap and the NFL Prime Time series, and a library of documentaries and other on-demand content.

How Much Does ESPN+ Cost

ESPN+ costs $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. It's also included in a basic bundle with Hulu and Disney Plus for $12.99 per month (with ads), as well as in a premium bundle for $19.99 per month (without ads). If you're a sports fan, paying around $100 per year to get access to such a wide swath of sporting content just might be worth it. If you're a UFC fan, it's almost a no-brainer.

While ESPN+ won't fulfill all your sporting needs, with no NFL or NBA games, it's an excellent add-on to your sporting media options.

How to Sign up for ESPN+

Here's a look at the ESPN+ signup process.

  1. Navigate to the ESPN+ website and select Get ESPN+ or Get Bundle, if you want the Disney Plus and Hulu bundle.

    ESPN+ home page signup screen
  2. You'll be prompted to create an account. Enter your name, create a password, and select Sign Up.

    Create an ESPN account to access the ESPN+ service

    If you already have a Disney or ESPN account, sign in with those credentials.

  3. Enter your credit card information and select Buy ESPN+.

    Enter your credit card info to buy ESPN+
  4. Your ESPN+ account is now active. Start watching immediately on the main ESPN website, or download the appropriate app for your phone or streaming devic

  • How do I cancel my ESPN+ subscription?

    To cancel ESPN+, log in to your account and select your Profile icon in the upper-right corner of the page, then go to ESPN+ Subscription > Manage > Cancel Subscription. If you subscribed through Roku, log in to your Roku account and go to Manage your subscriptions.

  • Can I watch ESPN+ for free?

    No. ESPN+ doesn't offer a free trial. You must subscribe or add ESPN+ to your streaming bundle to watch.

  • What does EPSN stand for?

    ESPN stands for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network. The company shortened its official name to ESPN, Inc. in 1985.

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