Hulu, Netflix, and HBO make becoming a cord-cutter easy since they have extensive on-demand libraries with all your favorite shows. What happens to live events and sports? While cable once had a monopoly over live sports coverage, we're here to let you know that it doesn’t take a complex play to get ESPN without cable. Getting an ESPN live stream on your computer, smart TV, or streaming device is easier than ever. You'll be on your way to watching Monday Night Football, “Sportscenter,” and “NBA Today” in no time.
How to Stream ESPN Online Without Cable
ESPN is the most popular sports channel on cable — but you don’t need cable (or satellite) to watch it. ESPN is also available on another type of pay TV service: live TV streaming service.
Like cable services, live TV streaming services offer bundles of popular channels for a monthly fee. But, unlike most cable services, live TV streaming services don’t mandate long-term contracts. Live TV streaming services stream online (hence the name), which means you can watch them anytime and anywhere, whether that’s your Roku TV at home or your iPhone at your nephew’s little league game.
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Can I Watch ESPN on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?
Good news: If you have a relatively recent model from any of the Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast families of devices, you will have a ton of options for watching ESPN without cable.
Most Popular Shows to Stream on ESPN
While ESPN is home to many live sports, there are several other shows that sports fans won’t want to miss. Many fans are familiar with the highlights and analysis provided by “SportsCenter” and can enjoy a plethora of similar content with an ESPN subscription. Whether it’s the offseason or you just want some excellent commentary, check out the following shows on ESPN:
- “The Ultimate Fighter”
- “First Take”
- “Get Up”
- “Daily Wager”
- “Going Pro: Lacrosse”
Popular Sports to Stream on ESPN
Depending on the season, you’ll find a vast array of sports on ESPN. While football, hockey, basketball, and soccer are some well-known go-to’s, you can get front-row seats (at home or on the go) to the following sports:
Other Channels to Watch for Sports Fans
While it’s not a substitute for ESPN, ESPN Plus has great sports content, including live NHL games, exclusive NBA content, and more. It’s a good service for die-hard sports fans who just can’t get enough of ESPN and live sports. ESPN Plus has premium content and shows that you can’t find on ESPN, including replays of ESPN programming, on-demand sports documentaries from the “30 for 30” series, and, yes, even live sports, including matchups you can only watch on ESPN Plus. The pricing for ESPN Plus makes it easy to tack on to other subscriptions, and we recommend it for ESPN fanatics.