ESPN+ Review - Live TV Streaming Service

Everything You Need to Know About ESPN+

ESPN+ is a Live TV Streaming Service that gives access to a daily out-of-market game from MLB and NHL, as well as the entire MLS Live out-of-market schedule with exclusive local-market coverage of the Chicago Fire.

What you won’t get though is live coverage of ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, SEC Network, or the Longhorn Network. This means no nationally telecasted NFL (Monday Night Football), NBA, MLB, College Football and Basketball games.

To get access to those channels you have to subscribe to a Live TV Streaming Service. We suggest reading our guide on How to Watch ESPN without Cable.

The service can be subscribed for $4.99 per month or annually for $49.99.

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The ESPN+ service does not offer games shown on ESPN nationally telecasted NBA, MLB, NCAAF, & NCAAB games, and UEFA Champions League.

We selected DIRECTV NOW as our Top Pick and is great if you want to stream ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU live without cable.

Review

ESPN+ is compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast; Android, iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch mobile devices; and computer browsers.


Features

Out-of-Market Live Sports

ESPN+ provides access to live sports, but not the games that you would normally on ESPN.

You get access to a daily out-of-market MLB and NHL game which is a slimmed down version of MLB.TV and NHL.TV.

If you’re a soccer fan, you will get the entire MLS Live out-of-market schedule with more than 250 games, and exclusive in-market coverage of the Chicago Fire.

You won’t get access to live games on ESPN or ESPN2 like Monday Night Football, national NBA and MLB games, UEFA Champions League, and more.

Additional Live Sports

For golf and tennis fans, you’ll get coverage of 20 PGA Tour events and Grand Slam Tennis events.

You’ll also get:

  • College Sports
  • Top Rank boxing
  • Cricket and Rugby
  • Canadian Football League
  • English Football League
  • UEFA Nationas League
  • United Soccer League

Exclusive Access ESPN+ Shows

ESPN has started to produce original shows that are available exclusively to ESPN+ subscribers.

  • Detail: Kobe Bryant hosted NBA analysis show
  • In the Crease: Nightly NHL highlights show with Barry Melrose & Linda Cohn
  • ESPN FC: Daily soccer news and highlights show hosted by Dan Thomas

Large LibraryESPN Originals

ESPN+ becomes the only place you can access the entire archive of 30 for 30, as well as exclusive access to the 30 for 30: “The Last Days of Knight.”

You’ll also get access to original shows Draft Academy, an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the 2018 NFL Draft and Quest for the Stanley Cup, a behind-the-scenes documentary of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Additionally, you’ll get on demand access to E:60 and SC Featured, as well as annual recaps of The Masters dating back to 1960.


ESPN+ includes two unique features Limited Advertising and Sports Marketplace

Limited Advertising

ESPN+ will get no display ads and no pre-rolls ads in video content on the entire ESPN App and website. You will still see ads during natural advertising breaks.

Sports Marketplace

Subscribers will be able to purchase and watch MLB.TV and NHL.TV directly from within the ESPN App.


Tech Specs

  • Most games will stream in 1080p HD / 60 fps withs stereo audio
  • Pause, Rewind, or restart all live and on demand content
  • Watch on up to 5 devices at the same time

1080p / 60 fps HD Video

As long as your broadband is fast enough, games will broadcast in crisp 1080p / 60 fps.

ESPN recommends having at least a 3 Mbps internet connection for standard definition content (480p).

To reduce playback interruptions, ESPN+ will adapt the stream quality to match your network connection.

Stereo Audio

ESPN+ doesn’t offer Dolby Digital 5.1, but all games will stream with stereo audio.

5 Simultaneous Devices

You can watch on up to 5 devices at the same time.


Device Compatibility

ESPN+ is compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Android TV, Android Phone/Tablet, iPhone/iPad, and Web Browser.

ESPN+ is not compatible with Roku, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Switch.

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