You can watch ESPNU without cable with one of these streaming services: PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV and DirecTV Now. In this article, we’ll help you decide which streaming option is best for you. Let’s get started!

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Watch ESPNU on PlayStation Vue

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Source: PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue not only has a very strong sports lineup that includes ESPNU, but also comes equipped with an unlimited DVR for recording your favorite TV shows and sports programs.

PlayStation Vue Pricing and Packages

This streaming service keeps it simple with four easy-to-understand subscription plans. The cheapest one is only $45, but you have to get the $50 plan if you want ESPNU. PlayStation Vue’s $80 plan comes with a nice array of premium movie channels.

Access
5-Day Free Trial
$44.99/ month

50 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

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Core
5-Day Free Trial
$49.99/ month

75 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

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Elite
5-Day Free Trial
$59.99/ month

96 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

SIGN UP
Ultra
5-Day Free Trial
$79.99/ month

98 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

SIGN UP
* You get 3 streams to use in-home or out-of-home streams and 2 extra streams to use in-home.

For more information about PlayStation Vue’s plans, click here.

PlayStation Vue Channels

All the plans except Access come with ESPNU. Other sports channels that are available include Big Ten Network, CBS Sports, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNEWS, FS1 and FS2– and that’s only the beginning of the full list.

Click here to see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels.

PlayStation Vue Supported Devices

PlayStation Vue has most TV devices covered:

  • TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Android TV (all gens), Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick (all gens), Chromecast (1st gen and up) and Roku (firmware 8.0 and up).
  • Smart TVs: Amazon Fire TV (all gens), Android TV (all gens) and Roku (firmware 8.0 and up).
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android OS 5.0 and up, iOS 9 and up, and Amazon Fire HD6 tablets and up.
  • Game consoles: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge are recommended (most recent versions will work).

Click here to learn more about devices that work with PlayStation Vue.

PlayStation Vue Simultaneous Streams

With PlayStation Vue, you can share you account with up to five different streaming TV devices at once. To put it another way: if you have four roommates, they can all use your account to watch TV at the same time.

Click here to learn more about PlayStation Vue’s account sharing features.

PlayStation Vue DVR

PlayStation Vue is one of just a handful of streaming services that lets you record as much TV as you want to its DVR.

Click here to learn more about how PlayStation Vue’s DVR works.

PlayStation Vue On-Demand Library

Don’t expect to find a Netflix-style library of on-demand content when you sign up for PlayStation Vue. There are some movies that you can watch on demand, but most of the content consists of TV shows that have aired recently.

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Watch ESPNU on Sling TV

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Source: Sling TV

Sling TV was one of the first streaming services to offer an alternative way to watch popular cable TV channels. Other streaming services have more flexible features, but none are as customizable.

Sling TV Pricing and Packages

Sling Orange and Sling Blue are the two base plans you can choose from when you sign up for service. Both are priced at $25/month. After you pick one or both base plans (you get a discount if you get both), you can customize your TV experience with Sling TV’s diverse array of channel add-on packs. Most packs cost around $5 to $10 per month.

Sling Orange
Free Roku Deal
$25.00/ month

34 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

1 simultaneous stream.

SIGN UP
Sling Blue
Free Roku Deal$25.00/ month

49 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

3 simultaneous streams

SIGN UP
Sling Orange + Blue
Free Roku Deal
$40.00/ month

56 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

4* simultaneous streams

SIGN UP
* You get 1 stream for Sling Orange channels and up to 3 simultaneous streams for Sling Blue channels.

To learn more about Sling TV pricing, check here.

Sling TV Channels

The only subscription packages you have to buy to get ESPNU through Sling TV are the $25 Sling Orange base plan and the $5 Sports Extra add-on. Sling Orange comes with around 30 channels and the Sports Extra add-on comes with ESPNU and 14 other sports channels.

To learn more about Sling TV channels, check here.

Sling TV Supported Devices

Sling TV has made apps for all the following TV devices:

  • TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV (all versions), Chromecast, Roku (LT and up), AirTV.
  • Smart TVs: LG TV (Web OS 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0, as well as select 2016-2018 models), Samsung TV (2016 through 2018 models), Android TV (4.4 and up), Roku TV, Mi TV.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android (4.4 and up),  iOS (11 and up), Amazon Fire (tablets).
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome on Mac and Windows recommended.

Check here for more info on Sling TV’s supported devices.

Sling TV Simultaneous Streams

Sling TV only lets you stream to one screen at a time when you watch Sling Orange channels. Sling Blue’s account sharing policy is slightly more flexible. You can watch all Sling Blue channels on up to three devices simultaneously.

To learn more about Sling TV’s simultaneous streams, click here.

Sling TV DVR

Sling TV has a $5 DVR, but it only works with Sling Blue channels. There’s no way to record ESPN or any other channels that are a part of the Sling Orange lineup.

To learn more about Sling TV’s DVR, check here.

Sling TV On-Demand Library

Sling TV has an average amount of content in its on-demand library compared to other live TV streaming services. Many TV shows that you can watch live are available on-demand through Sling TV, but episodes disappear shortly after they air.

Watch ESPNU on Hulu with Live TV

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Source: Hulu

The combination of Hulu’s massive on-demand library and its new live TV service makes Hulu one of the very best options out there for getting rid of your local cable company.

Hulu with Live TV Pricing and Packages

A basic subscription to Hulu with Live TV costs just $45/month. For that price you get loads of on-demand content, decent features and over 60 live channels. The feature upgrades are somewhat expensive, though.

Hulu + Live TV
7-Day Free Trial
$44.99/ month

67 Channels

2 simultaneous streams

ESPN and Disney

SIGN UP

For more information about Hulu with Live TV’s plans, click here.

Hulu with Live TV Channels

Hulu with Live TV is very strong when it comes to sports. Here are just a few of the main sports channels you can get in addition to ESPNU when you subscribe: ESPN, ESPN2, Big Ten Network, CBS Sports, ESPN and College Extra.

Click here to see the full list of Hulu with Live TV channels.

Hulu with Live TV Supported Devices

Hulu with Live TV is accessible on all of the most popular TV device platforms:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain Samsung and LG televisions as well as some devices based on Amazon Fire TV or Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
  • Desktop browsers: Most browsers.

Click here to learn more about devices that work with Hulu with Live TV.

Hulu with Live TV Simultaneous Streams

The good news about Hulu with Live TV’s account sharing policy is that with a paid upgrade, you can stream to as many devices as you want. The bad news is that the upgrade (called Unlimited Screens) costs  $15/month extra. Without the upgrade, you’re stuck with a two-screen simultaneous stream limit.

Click here to learn more about Hulu with Live TV’s simultaneous streams.

Hulu with Live TV DVR

All Hulu with Live DVR subscribers get to record TV, but only those with the Enhanced Cloud DVR upgrade can fast forward past commercials. Another perk is that instead of 50 hours, you get 200 hours of recording time if you get the upgrade.

Click here to learn more about Hulu with Live TV’s DVR.

Hulu with Live TV On-Demand Library

Hulu’s massive on-demand library– which anyone with a $45 subscription to Hulu with Live TV can access– is one of this streaming service’s major perks.

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Watch ESPNU on YouTube TV

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Source: YouTube TV

Google’s YouTube TV is yet another live TV service that has ESPNU.  

YouTube TV Pricing and Packages

The base subscription costs $50/month and comes with around 70 channels.

To learn more about YouTube TV’s pricing options, click here.

YouTube TV Channels

YouTube TV’s sports lineup includes not only ESPNU, but also ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS and more.

To learn more about YouTube TV’s channel list, click here.

YouTube TV Supported Devices

Here’s some good news for fans of Amazon: YouTube TV is finally available on a variety of different popular Amazon TV devices.

  • TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku (most models).
  • Smart TVs: Android TV (select models), Samsung TV (2016+ models only), LG TV (2016+ models only), Vizio (select SmartCast models), Hisense (select models), Sharp (select models).
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android (5.0 and up),  iOS (9.1 and up).
  • Game consoles: Xbox One (all versions).
  • Desktop browsers: Most Mac and PC browsers.

Click here to learn more about YouTube TV supported devices.

YouTube TV Simultaneous Streams

YouTube TV supports three simultaneous streams.

To learn more about YouTube TV’s simultaneous streams, click here.

YouTube TV DVR

YouTube TV’s has an unlimited cloud DVR. You don’t have to pay extra to use it, either.

Click here to learn more about YouTube TV’s DVR options.

YouTube TV On-Demand Library

YouTube TV has an above-average on-demand library compared to other similar services. Unfortunately, you have to pay extra and sign up for YouTube Premium to watch YouTube Originals.

Watch ESPNU on DirecTV Now

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Source: DirecTV Now

One of DirecTV Now’s main selling points used to be that it was one of the cheapest streaming services around for live TV. A recent price hike changed that, but it still has a lot to offer. Check it out if you’re in the market for a streaming service that carries ESPNU.

DirecTV Now Pricing and Packages

DirecTV Now has six main plans:

  • Plus: 40+ channels / $50 per month. Includes HBO.
  • Max: 50+ channels / $70 per month. Includes HBO, Cinemax.
  • Entertainment: 65+ channels / $93 per month.
  • Choice: 85+ channels / $110 per month.
  • Xtra: 105+ channels /  $124 per month.
  • Ultimate: 125+ channels / $135 per month.

For more information about DirecTV Now plans, click here.

DirecTV Now Channels

Plus– the cheapest DirecTV Now subscription– doesn’t have ESPNU and neither does Entertainment. All the other DirecTV Now plans come with ESPNU, though.

Click here to see the full list of DirecTV Now channels.

DirecTV Now Supported Devices

DirecTV Now has apps for most of the devices that are popular among cord-cutters:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: None.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome and Safari.

Click here to learn more about devices that work with DirecTV Now.

DirecTV Now Simultaneous Streams

DirecTV Now’s simultaneous stream limit used to be two devices, but now you can buy a third one if you need more account sharing flexibility.

To learn more about DirecTV Now’s simultaneous streams, click here.

DirecTV Now DVR

DirecTV Now’s DVR can record 20 hours of TV entertainment.

Click here to learn more about how DirecTV Now’s DVR works.

DirecTV Now On-Demand Library

DirecTV Now advertises that it has thousands of titles in its on-demand library. Many of those titles are recently aired TV show episodes, but there are some movies available as well.

How to Watch ESPNU on Amazon Fire TV

You can watch the NBA Playoffs on Amazon Fire TV with one of these streaming services: fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV or Hulu with Live TV. Simply go to the Amazon Fire TV app store and click whatever live TV service appeals to you the most– or try them all.

How to Watch ESPNU on Roku

You can watch the NBA Playoffs on Amazon Fire TV with one of these streaming services: fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV or Hulu with Live TV. The process of installing a Roku app is the same as installing a smartphone app. Just look up the app you want to try and complete the sign-up process to get going.

How to Watch ESPNU on Apple TV

You can watch the NBA Playoffs on Amazon Fire TV with one of these streaming services: fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV or Hulu with Live TV. Apple’s app store has them all, so try them out for yourself and compare.

Other ways to watch ESPNU

Many streaming services let you unlock content on ESPNU’s app and website. Fortunately, all the streaming services listed above are compatible.

ESPN.com

You can access a live feed of ESPNU on ESPN’s website– but only if you subscribe to a cable service or a streaming service. Your DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue or YouTube TV subscription will unlock the live feed on the ESPN site.

The Watch ESPN app

Yet another way to access the ESPNU live feed is via the Watch ESPN app. The app is available on Amazon Fire Stick, Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire, Google ChromeCast, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV and iOS and Android devices. As is the case with the ESPNU feed on the ESPN site, any streaming service listed above will unlock it.

Teams and leagues that appear on ESPNU

ESPNU has acquired the broadcast rights for all the leagues and teams listed below.

  • American Athletic Conference. University of Central Florida, University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, East Carolina University, University of Houston, University of Memphis, University of South Florida, Southern Methodist University, Temple University, Tulane University, University of Tulsa and Wichita State University.
  • Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Boston College, Clemson University, Florida State University, University of Louisville, North Carolina State University, University of Notre Dame, Syracuse University, Wake Forest University, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Miami, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Pittsburgh and University of Virginia Virginia Tech.
  • Big 12 Conference. Baylor University, Iowa State University, University of Kansas, Kansas State University, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Texas Christian University, University of Texas at Austin, Texas Tech University and West Virginia University.
  • Big Ten Conference. Indiana University, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Rutgers University, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, Northwestern University, Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin.
  • Mid-American Conference (MAC). Indiana University, University of Akron, Bowling Green State University, State University of New York at Buffalo, Kent State University, Miami University, Ohio University, Ball State University, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Northern Illinois University, University of Toledo and Western Michigan University.
  • Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Howard University, University of Maryland, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, Bethune–Cookman University, Florida A&M University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, North Carolina Central University, Savannah State University and South Carolina State University.
  • Missouri Valley Conference. Bradley University, Drake University, University of Evansville, Illinois State University, Indiana State University, Loyola University Chicago, Missouri State University, University of Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois University and Valparaiso University.
  • Missouri Valley Football Conference. Indiana State University, Illinois State University, Missouri State University, North Dakota State University, University of Northern Iowa, University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, Southern Illinois University, Western Illinois University and Youngstown State University.
  • Pac-12 Conference. University of Arizona, Arizona State University, University of California, Berkeley University of California, Los Angeles University of Colorado Boulder, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, University of Southern California, Stanford University, University of Utah, University of Washington and Washington State University.
  • Southeastern Conference (SEC). University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, University of Missouri, University of South Carolina, University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University, University of Alabama, University of Arkansas, Auburn University, Louisiana State University, University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University and Texas A&M University.
  • Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Alabama A&M, Alabama State University, Alcorn State University, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Grambling State University, Prairie View A&M University, Southern University and Texas Southern University.
  • Sun Belt Conference. Appalachian State University, Arkansas State University, Coastal Carolina University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of Louisiana, University of Louisiana at Monroe, University of South Alabama, Texas State University, University of Texas at Arlington and Troy University.
  • Western Athletic Conference (WAC). California Baptist University, California State University, Chicago State University, Grand Canyon University, University of Missouri–Kansas City, New Mexico State University, Seattle University, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Utah Valley University.
  • West Coast Conference (WCC). Brigham Young University, Gonzaga University, Loyola Marymount University, University of the Pacific, Pepperdine University, University of Portland, Saint Mary’s College, University of San Diego, University of San Francisco and Santa Clara University.

What’s the best way to watch ESPNU without cable?

There are now several different great ways to watch ESPNU via the internet. But with so many options, it can be difficult to reach a final decision. If you’re stuck, here’s some advice that will help you out.

The cheapest way to watch ESPNU without cable

Competition among the streaming services and cable companies is fierce. As a result, consumers have a multitude of low-cost ways to get their TV entertainment. Sling TV’s Orange plan with the Sports Extra is one of the cheapest options out there.

The best deal for families

Hulu with Live TV and PlayStation Vue both have excellent account sharing features. Hulu with Live TV has an upgrade that lets you stream to an unlimited number of devices. PlayStation Vue supports up to five simultaneous streams. If you have a large family or roommates and you plan on sharing your account, either streaming service is a good choice.