You can watch ESPN on the Roku live without cable with one of these streaming services: Hulu with Live TV, Sling TVAT&T TV Now, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV and the ESPN App. In this article, we’ll help you decide which option is best for you. Let’s get started!

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Watch ESPN on Roku with Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu with Live TV has a competitive offering, but it’s the on-demand content that makes this service so popular.

Hulu with Live TV Pricing and Packages

You get more than sixty TV channels with the $45-per-month subscription. You can pay for additional add-on plans that provide more entertainment channels, Spanish-language channels or premium movie channels.

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

In addition to ESPN, your Hulu with Live TV subscription lets you watch the Big Ten Network, FS1, FS2, Golf Channel, NBCSN and your regional sports networks.

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

Hulu with Live TV Supported Devices

Hulu with Live TV works with Roku-based devices as well as many other streaming devices.

  • 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

The two-device limit on simultaneous streaming can be raised to three devices by paying another $15 per month.

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

Hulu with Live TV DVR

The fifty-hour capacity limit on Hulu with Live TV’s DVR can be raised to two hundred hours by paying another $15 per month. You also get the ability to fast forward through commercials in recorded programs.

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

Hulu with Live TV On-Demand Library

Many channels that are not part of Hulu with Live TV still post their latest episodes to Hulu’s on-demand library. Although this is mostly entertainment and news content rather than sports, the amount of extra on-demand content sets Hulu apart.

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Watch ESPN on Roku with Sling TV

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Although Sling TV’s plans are complicated, you can use the service to watch ESPN on Roku.

Sling TV Pricing and Packages

Of the two base subscription plans, only Sling Orange includes ESPN. You can also get the combination Orange + Blue plan.

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

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* 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

In addition to ESPN, Sling Orange includes ESPN2, ESPN3, Motortrend, Stadium and the ACC Network. If you also get Sling Blue, you can watch the NFL Network, NBCSN, FS1, FS2 and the Fox and NBC regional sports networks. An expansion pack lets you add even more sports networks

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

Sling TV Supported Devices

In addition to the Roku, you can find Sling TV apps on a wide range of streaming devices.

  • 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

ESPN and other channels on Sling Orange will only work with one device at a time. Sling Blue works with three devices. However, subscribing to both does not boost your simultaneous streaming for ESPN.

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

Sling TV DVR

None of Sling TV’s subscription plans come with a DVR feature. You must pay an extra $5 per month to get fifty hours of recording capacity.

For more information about Sling TV DVR, click here.

Sling TV On-Demand Library

Each channel provides its own lineup of on-demand content.

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Watch ESPN on Roku with AT&T TV Now

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If it’s the only way to get the channels you want, AT&T TV Now may be the right choice for you. In 2019, AT&T changed the name of its DirecTV Now streaming service to AT&T TV Now However, AT&T also made its streaming service one of the most expensive on the market.

AT&T TV Now Pricing and Packages

All of AT&T TV Now’s English-language include ESPN, but the $50 starting price isn’t a great deal compared to the other streaming services on this list.

Plus
7-day free trial
$50.00/ month

45+ channels

2 simultaneous streams

20 hours of DVR space

HBO
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Max
7-day free trial
$70.00/ month

60+ channels

2 simultaneous streams

20 hours of DVR space

HBO + Cinemax
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*Note that AT&T TV Now offers several other plans that are hidden until you click to sign up.

For more information about AT&T TV Now’s plans and pricing, click here.

AT&T TV Now Channels

Depending on the subscription plan you choose, you can get CBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, FS1, FS2, Golf Channel, MLB Network, Motortrend, NBA TV, NBCSN, NHL Network, Olympic Channel, Tennis Channel, regional sports networks and certain college conference channels.

For more information about AT&T TV Now’s channel listing, click here.

AT&T TV Now Supported Devices

AT&T TV Now has a Roku app as well as apps on many other streaming 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: AT&T TV Now only streams to Chrome and Safari browsers. With Internet Explorer and Firefox, you can only manage your settings.

For more information about AT&T TV Now’s device support, click here.

AT&T TV Now Simultaneous Streams

You can only stream to two devices at once with AT&T TV Now’s standard subscriptions. A $5-per-month upgrade will add a third device.

For more information about AT&T TV Now’s simultaneous streaming, click here.

AT&T TV Now DVR

AT&T TV Now’s DVR only lets you record twenty hours of content. Subscribers can’t upgrade to a higher capacity.

For more information about AT&T TV Now’s DVR, click here.

AT&T TV Now On-Demand Library

AT&T TV Now does not have its own on-demand library.

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Watch ESPN on Roku with PlayStation Vue

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You can use PlayStation Vue with devices other than Sony’s game console — including the Roku and Roku-based televisions. Lots of channels, premium features and competitive prices make it a service everyone should consider.

PlayStation Vue Pricing and Packages

ESPN is available with all four of PlayStation Vue’s subscription plans. You’ll get more sports by stepping up to the Core plan and all of PlayStation Vue’s basic cable channels with the Elite plan. The Ultra plan adds 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

In addition to ESPN, all of the PlayStation Vue subscription plans include ESPN2, FS1, FS2, NBCSN. Depending on the plan, you can also get regional sports networks, ESPN College Extra, ESPN Deportes, ESPNews, ESPNU, Fox Deportes, GiNX, Golf, MLB Network, Motortrend, NBA TV, NFL Network, Olympic Channel, Stadium, Tennis Channel and a few college conference networks.

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

PlayStation Vue Supported Devices

Sony has developed PlayStation Vue apps for almost every major streaming platform, including the Roku. Unsurprisingly, Sony’s game console competitor is not one of them. There’s no PlayStation Vue app for the Xbox.

  • 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

Families with PlayStation Vue on the Roku won’t have to fight over who’s streaming. You get five simultaneous streams standard. Most competing services charge extra for more than two streams.

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

PlayStation Vue DVR

PlayStation Vue does not limit how much you record to the DVR. Competing services limit the recording capacity unless you pay for an upgrade. However, your recordings will expire after four weeks.

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

PlayStation Vue On-Demand Library

There is a Sony channel that lets you stream the studio’s movies on demand. A PlayStation-sponsored channel supports new filmmakers. Beyond that, the rest of the on-demand content is provided by each channel.

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Watch ESPN on Roku with YouTube TV

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Since so much live sports is carried on the broadcast networks, YouTube TV might be your best bet. It carries the local channels of all four major broadcast networks in more markets than any other streaming service.

YouTube TV Pricing and Packages

The $50-per-month YouTube TV subscription lets you watch ESPN plus more than seventy other channels. An à-la-carte menu of a dozen premium channels lets you get even more content.

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

YouTube TV Channels

In addition to ESPN, a YouTube TV subscription gives you CBS Sports Network, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, Fox Sports, FS1, FS2, Golf Channel, MLB Network, Motortrend, NBA TV, NBCSN, Tennis Channel, regional sports channels and some college conference channels.

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

YouTube TV Supported Devices

YouTube TV is available on the Roku and many other devices.

  • 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 the same time. YouTube TV does not offer an upgrade.

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

YouTube TV DVR

When you create up to six user profiles on your YouTube TV account, each person can record as much content as they want to their own DVR library. The content won’t expire for nine months.

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

YouTube TV On-Demand Library

If you also subscribe to the YouTube Premium service, you can watch YouTube’s user-generated content on-demand. YouTube also has a limited number of on-demand movies plus its original content.

Watch ESPN on Roku with ESPN App

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As long as you have a pay-TV provider like the ones we discuss here, you can use the ESPN App to watch ESPN and its other networks.

ESPN App Pricing and Packages

The ESPN App is free to download and use. If you want access to the extra content available through ESPN+, you’ll need to join that service as well. ESPN+ is a subscription service separate from the cable channels that offers college sports, cricket and rugby.

ESPN+
Monthly Plan
$4.99/ month

NHL and MLB games

Exclusive distributor of UFC PPV events.

ESPN+ Originals

3 simultaneous streams

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ESPN+
Annual Plan - 2 Months Free!
$49.99/ Year

NHL and MLB games

Exclusive distributor of UFC PPV events.

ESPN+ Originals

3 simultaneous streams

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

ESPN App Channels

Besides the main ESPN channel, all of ESPN’s other channels.

ESPN App Supported Devices

You can get the ESPN App through the Roku channel store and on other devices.

  • 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

You can use the ESPN App with three devices simultaneously.

ESPN App DVR

The ESPN App does not let you record live TV.

ESPN App On-Demand Library

You can watch all of ESPN’s original content and a limited number of recently-played games through the on-demand library.

Chris Casper is a former tech industry product manager who escaped from California for New Mexico. Now he writes about science and tech while searching for the perfect green chile sauce.