ESPN is the king of sports on cable. In fact, it’s one of the only channels you’ll be able to watch sports online with a subscription. Along with HBO, ESPN has been called the linchpin that’s holding traditional cable together. Once ESPN offers it’s content online then it will make “cord cutting” that much easier for any sports fan. Because if you can’t watch MNFSportscenter, Pardon the Interruption, Sunday Night Baseball or 30 for 30 whenever and wherever you want– you’re probably going to stick with traditional cable. Here are a few options for streaming the Entertainment & Sports Network online.

Watch ESPN with Hulu Live (Recommended Best Deal)

Hulu Live is a newcomer to the scene of sports streaming but they’ve got ESPN along with all of the college football and NFL games you’d ever need (all of them, in fact). They have a generous free trial period too so if you want to watch ESPN live, right now this is the way to try it out before you ultimately ditch cable all together!

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Watch ESPN Live with Sling TV

Another great option is a bit of a larger commitment. Sling TV is a new alternative to Cable that allows you to subscribe to several channels for a mere $20, including ESPN.  It gives you live television so you can watch online just like you would on a traditional television. Head over there now to check it out and sign up for the free seven day trial.

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Use a VPN to Watch ESPN tonight

There are countless reasons to use a VPN to stream ESPN live online. We won’t dive into them here but if you’re concerned about online privacy or security or location restrictions on your content maybe a VPN would be a sensible solution for your family:


Are ESPN Shows on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon?

Netflix and Hulu have always struggled with sports programming. They have almost nothing as far as streaming sports content. If you’re a sports fan and you want to cut the cord you’re going to have to get ESPN and other sports live streams somewhere else. Your Netflix and Hulu subscriptions won’t cover you.

UPDATE: Hulu does now have a live streaming option that includes ESPN:

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Sling TV, however does offerv live NFL on ESPN as part of its bundle. For about $25 you’ll get ESPN and a few other channels via Sling. Check out their lineup for the full deal. Sling is a fairly decent option if you’re going for ESPN and don’t want to sign up for cable.

ESPN now Has a Stand Alone Service

If you don’t want a cable package and just want to get ESPN they now have an app called ESPN Watch that costs about five bucks a month. Check it out and give it a try! It’s a better deal to sign up for streaming service that gives you all the channels you’ll need but maybe you’re just an ESPN fan.

Streaming ESPN Live without Cable Using DIRECTV NOW

ESPN is also available on DIRECTV NOW’s service owned by AT&T. Right now You get a 7 day free trial so you have nothing to lose. This is a great option for those without cable. This new streaming service doesn’t have any contracts and can be cancelled at any time as well.

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Other Methods of Streaming ESPN Content

You can also find ESPN live streams on various sites around the internet. We don’t recommend these because most of them are no only fake (they don’t work) but you also have a very high chance of downloading a virus from one of these shady sites. At the very best you’ll be treated to some adult themed ads and a blurry experience. Not the way you probably want to watch your favorite team online.