You can watch ESPN3 live without cable with one of these streaming services: PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, DirecTV Now and YouTube TV. Just use your login credentials with the ESPN App to get ESPN3 content. In this article, we’ll help you decide which option is best for you. Let’s get started!

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Watch ESPN3 with PlayStation Vue

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Besides giving you access to ESPN3, PlayStation Vue offers a compelling combination of features, channel selection and affordable prices.

PlayStation Vue Pricing and Packages

Starting as low as $45 per month, all of PlayStation Vue’s subscription plans come with ESPN and ESPN2 which lets you access ESPN3. Sports fans will want to look at stepping up to the Core plan — or just go with the Elite plan to get all the channels. For a little more, the Ultra plan includes 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

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Ultra
5-Day Free Trial
$79.99/ month

98 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

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* 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 and pricing, click here.

PlayStation Vue Channels

With the right subscription plan, you can get all of ESPN’s basic cable channels as well as many other sports channels.

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

PlayStation Vue Supported Devices

With the exception of the Xbox game console, every major streaming platform has a PlayStation Vue app.

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Televisions based on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android, Amazon Fire Tablets and iOS.
  • Game consoles: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge.

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

PlayStation Vue Simultaneous Streams

PlayStation Vue families never have to argue over whether to watch the big game or Disney. Up to five devices in the household can stream PlayStation Vue content at the same time.

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

PlayStation Vue DVR

Although you can record as many programs as you want on PlayStation Vue, the recordings expire after four weeks.

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

PlayStation Vue On-Demand Library

In addition to the on-demand content each channel provides, Sony has dedicated channels for Sony movies and indie films from young filmmakers.

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Watch ESPN3 with Sling TV

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Despite its complexities, the cheapest way to get access to ESPN3 is by subscribing to Sling TV.

Sling TV Pricing and Packages

Since ESPN is included in the Sling Orange plan, you can subscribe to that and get access to ESPN3 through the ESPN App. However, you won’t get any broadcast channels or the most popular basic cable channels. Combining Sling Orange with Sling Blue gives you both.

Sling Orange
Free Roku Deal
$25.00/ month

34 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

1 simultaneous stream.

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Sling Blue
Free Roku Deal$25.00/ month

49 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

3 simultaneous streams

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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.

For more information about Sling TV plans and pricing, click here.

Sling TV Channels

ESPN and ESPN2 come with Sling TV’s Orange plan, but getting the most sports will require the combination Sling Orange + Blue plan as well as a channel expansion pack.

For more information about Sling TV channel list, click here.

Sling TV Supported Devices

Sling TV has apps on a wide range of streaming platforms.

  • Living room devices: Azulle Mini PC Sticks, Air TV Player, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and Xaomi Mi TV.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Models based on Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku. Also, certain models from LG and Samsung.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Amazon Fire tablets, Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome.

For more information about Sling TV device support, click here.

Sling TV Simultaneous Streams

Sling Orange will only work with one device in your home at a time. Since ESPN and the Disney Channel are part of Sling Orange, the single-device limit could lead to family arguments. Sling Blue channels can be streamed to three devices simultaneously.

For more information about Sling TV simultaneous streaming, click here.

Sling TV DVR

You don’t get a DVR with any of Sling’s subscription. Unlocking the fifty-hour DVR requires an add-on subscription of $5 per month.

For more information about Sling TV DVR, click here.

Sling TV On-Demand Library

Sling TV does not have on-demand content beyond that provided by the channels.

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Watch ESPN3 with Hulu with Live TV

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A subscription to Hulu with Live TV makes you eligible for watching ESPN3. In addition, you get good features and access to Hulu’s huge on-demand library.

Hulu with Live TV Pricing and Packages

For $45 per month, you will get live streams from more than 60 broadcast and basic cable channels plus on-demand content from dozens more.

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

67 Channels

2 simultaneous streams

ESPN and Disney

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

Hulu with Live TV Channels

ESPN, as well as the sports channels from Fox and NBC, are part of the Hulu with Live TV channel listing.

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

Hulu with Live TV Supported Devices

You can get the Hulu app on just about every platform. If you already have it, the live TV content will automatically appear when you add your subscription.

  • 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.

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

Hulu with Live TV Simultaneous Streams

Your subscription will let you stream to two devices at once. If you need more device support, a $15 monthly upgrade will remove all limits on your home network and let you stream to three devices on the road.

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

Hulu with Live TV DVR

The DVR that you get with your subscription will record fifty hours of content. During the playoffs, though, you might want to get the $15 upgrade. It boosts the DVR’s capacity to two hundred hours and lets you fast forward through recorded commercials.

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

Hulu with Live TV On-Demand Library

On-demand is how Hulu made its name. Most currently-airing TV series have recent episodes or full seasons in Hulu’s on-demand library — even if they aren’t part of Hulu with Live TV.

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Watch ESPN3 with DirecTV Now

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DirecTV Now is the most expensive way to get access to games on ESPN3.

DirecTV Now Pricing and Packages

With plans starting at $50 for only forty channels, DirecTV Now does not compare favorably with its competitors.

  • Plus: 40+ channels / $50 per month.
  • Max: 50+ channels / $70 per month.
  • 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’s plans and pricing, click here.

DirecTV Now Channels

ESPN is available with all of DirecTV Now’s subscription plans, so you will have no problem accessing ESPN3 content on the ESPN App.

For more information about DirecTV Now’s channel listing, click here.

DirecTV Now Supported Devices

DirecTV Now is available on a wide range of platforms.

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Samsung and Amazon Fire TV televisions.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: DirecTV Now only streams to Chrome and Safari browsers. With Internet Explorer and Firefox, you can only manage your settings.

For more information about DirecTV Now’s device support, click here.

DirecTV Now Simultaneous Streams

DirecTV Now only lets you stream to three devices if you pay another $5 per month. The default limit is two devices.

For more information about DirecTV Now’s simultaneous streaming, click here.

DirecTV Now DVR

DirecTV Now’s DVR feature is particularly weak. It only lets you record twenty hours of content.

For more information about DirecTV Now’s DVR, click here.

DirecTV Now On-Demand Library

DirecTV Now does not have a dedicated on-demand library.

Watch ESPN3 with YouTube TV

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Although you will get access to ESPN3 with a YouTube TV subscription, the best reason for going this route is YouTube’s outstanding support for the broadcast network’s local channels.

YouTube TV Pricing and Packages

The $50 monthly subscription lets you watch more than seventy channels. Nearly a dozen premium channels are available à-la-carte.

For more information about YouTube TV’s plans and pricing, click here.

YouTube TV Channels

More than 90% of the country gets the local stations from all four major broadcast networks. No other streaming service is as reliable. Beyond that, you get ESPN and several other national and regional sports channels.

For more information about YouTube TV’s channel listing, click here.

YouTube TV Supported Devices

YouTube TV is available on all major streaming platforms.

  • Living room devices: Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from HiSense, LG, Samsung and Sharp as well as televisions based on Android TV and Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome.

For more information about YouTube TV’s device support, click here.

YouTube TV Simultaneous Streams

You can only stream to three devices at once. YouTube TV does not have an upgrade option.

For more information about YouTube TV’s simultaneous streams, click here.

YouTube TV DVR

The YouTube TV DVR lets you record as much content as you want. Furthermore, those recordings take nine months to expire.

For more information about YouTube TV’s DVR, click here.

YouTube TV On-Demand Library

YouTube Originals are available through YouTube TV. If you also subscribe to YouTube Premium, you can watch YouTube’s user-generated on-demand content as well.

How to Watch ESPN3 on Amazon Fire TV

You can watch ESPN3 on Amazon Fire TV with one of these streaming services: PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV or the ESPN App.

How to Watch ESPN3 on Roku

You can watch ESPN3 on Roku with one of these streaming services: PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV or the ESPN App.

How to Watch ESPN3 on Apple TV

You can watch ESPN3 on Apple TV with one of these streaming services: PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV or the ESPN App.

Watch ESPN3 with ESPN App

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ESPN3 is a digital-only sports channel that can be streamed through the ESPN App. Access to the ESPN App’s live and on-demand content is only available if you subscribe to a pay-TV provider like the ones we’ve discussed here.

ESPN App Pricing and Packages

The ESPN App is free to download and use. The only thing you don’t get access to with your streaming service’s login credentials is the live stream from ESPN+. This a direct subscription service that features college sports, rugby, cricket and other sports not carried on the cable channels. You will need a separate ESPN+ subscription to access that content.

ESPN+
7-Day Free Trial
$4.99/ month

NHL and MLB games

Exclusive distributor of UFC PPV events.

ESPN+ Originals

3 simultaneous streams

SIGN UP

For more information about ESPN+ plans and pricing, click here.

ESPN App Channels

In addition to ESPN3, the ESPN App has live streams and on-demand programs from all of ESPN’s channels.

ESPN App Supported Devices

The ESPN App is available on several streaming platforms.

  • Living room devices: Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from Samsung as well as televisions based on Android TV and Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android, Amazon Kindle and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Oculus VR, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Most browsers.

ESPN App Simultaneous Streams

ESPN limits simultaneous streaming to three devices.

ESPN App DVR

The ESPN App does not have a DVR features, but some games will be available on-demand for a limited time as “replays.”

ESPN App On-Demand Library

Besides access to live feeds of the various ESPN channels, you can access ESPN’s on-demand episodes of original programs.

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