Sports lovers might be hesitant to cut the cord because that might mean giving up ESPN. The sports network, owned by Disney, is known for its signature programming during live sports events, as well as expert commentary from former athletes.
But ditching cable doesn’t mean giving up ESPN. In fact, there are a number of ways consumers can live without being tied to a cable bill and still get their fix when it comes to the ultimate sports network.
Here’s how to stream ESPN without a cable bill:
ESPN+ is the network’s own standalone version of streaming. Viewers have the option to purchase ESPN+ on its own or as a package with Hulu and Disney+ (explained in option #2.)
ESPN+ on its own costs $4.99 per month. Subscribers have access to live sports events including NHL, MLB, MLS, Top Rank Boxing and more. A subscription also comes with access to ESPN’s original content, including shows like “More Than an Athlete” and “The Fantasy Show.” The entire 30 For 30 library is available, too.
All programming comes in HD and can be streamed on up to three devices at once, per account.
2. Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+
Individuals looking for a great value have the option to bundle ESPN+ with Hulu and Disney+, the hottest new streaming service available. The bundle costs $12.99 per month.
In addition to all of ESPN+’s programming, subscribers will have access to Disney+ content, including Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic programming. Disney+ will also be releasing original content for its platform, including a reboot of Lizzie McGuire.
The Hulu aspect of this bundle comes with the ad-supported Hulu plan. For an additional price per month, subscribers can upgrade to Hulu with no ads or Hulu Live TV. Read more on how to upgrade your bundle here.
3. Sling TV
Those who are more interested in live programming without a cable bill should consider Sling TV.
Sling TV’s Orange package comes with the ability to stream ESPN as well as other live channels including ESPN 2, ESPN 3, CNN, Lifetime, HGTV and more. The ESPN programming includes Monday Night Football, NBA, college football (including playoffs) and more.
Sling TV Orange costs $15 per month. Those who want more programming can bundle Sling TV Orange with Sling TV Blue, which offers more channels, for $25 per month.
4. YouTube TV
YouTube TV offers live TV from over 70 channels and gives subscribers the option to record unlimited programming at no extra cost. The service offers programming from all of the major networks, including NBC, ABC, Fox News, Fox Sports, ESPN, CNN, MSNBC Sports and more. Considering it comes with more sports programming than just ESPN, it’s worth looking into.
The downside of YouTube TV is it’s one of the most expensive streaming services available. One account costs $49.99 per month, and up to six users can be placed on one account.
5. AT&T TV Now
AT&T TV Now is a versatile streaming service because not only does it offer over 40,000 on-demand titles, but it also comes with live TV. Another major draw of this streaming service is subscribers can store up to 500 hours of programming on their cloud DVR.
The lowest tier of AT&T TV Now costs $59.99 per month and comes with ESPN, TNT, Nickelodeon and more. For an additional cost each month, subscribers can add on premium content from networks like HBO, Showtime, Starz and more.