ESPN+ Review - Live TV Streaming Service

Everything You Need to Know About ESPN+

ESPN+ is a Live TV Streaming Service that gives access to thousands of live sporting events, original shows like Always Late w/ Katie Nolan, the entire library of 30 for 30 and E:60, as well exclusive written analysis from top ESPN insiders.

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

You will get 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.

The service has some of the most attractive soccer coverage including Serie A, FA Cup, UEFA Nations League, EFL Championship, EFL Carabao Cup, Eredevise and more.

College sports fans will be able to watch thousands of games and events including football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, track & field, gymnastics, swimming & diving, lacrosse, wrestling, volleyball, golf, and more.

For boxing and UFC fans, the service offers Top Rank boxing and will be the home of 15 exclusive UFC events starting in 2019.

ESPN+ now includes exclusive insights from analysts like Mel Kiper and Todd McShay (which used to be part of ESPN Insider), as well as premium Fantasy Tools & PickCenter.

What it does not include is most live sports that air on ESPN and ESPN2.

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.

Review

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


Features

Nationally Televised Live Sports

ESPN+ provides access to additional games that you wouldn’t normally get including soccer, boxing, UFC, college sports, and more.

College Sports

Thousands of live events – including football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, track & field, gymnastics, swimming & diving, lacrosse, wrestling, volleyball, golf and more – from 20 conferences across the country.

NBA G League

Over 200 games per season from the NBA’s official minor league.

Emirates FA Cup

The service will bring 79 FA Cup matches starting in November through the Final match. They will also air the FA Community Shield, annual match between the FA Cup and Premier League winners.

Serie A

Over 340 matches of Italy’s top soccer league including coverage of Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus. ESPN+ will also carry weekly Series A preview and highlight shows.

UFC

Starting in 2019, ESPN+ will be the home to 15 exclusive UFC events branded ESPN+ Fight Night. The will also air new seasons of Dana White’s Contender Series starting in June 2019.

Top Rank Boxing

Hundreds of live boxing matches, including 18 ESPN+ exclusive Top Rank fight cards throughout the year, all Top Rank on ESPN undercard fights, re-airs of all Top Rank on ESPN and Top Rank on ESPN PPV bouts, plus weigh-ins and more.

PGA Tour Golf

50 days of coverage from 20 PGA tour events, including the RBC Heritage, THE PLAYERS Championship, the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the FedExCup Playoffs and more.

Grand Slam Tennis

Hundreds of men’s and women’s singles, doubles and other matches, from the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

Cricket

Hundreds of Test, ODI and T20 format matches from New Zealand Cricket and Cricket Ireland.

Rugby

Hundreds of matches from SANZAAR Rugby, the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series, and Major League Rugby.

Canadian Football League

Nearly 200 games from Canada’s professional league.

English Football League

Approximately 200 total matches, including an average of four per week from Sky Bet Championship Playoffs, League 1 and League 2, plus six matches per month from the EFL Cup (beginning in August) and 16 matches per month throughout the EFL 2018-19 season.

UEFA Nations League

Over 100 live matches from the newly created tournament. Pay TV customers with an ESPN+ subscription will be able to access the entire tournament including the 36 UNL matches on ESPN linear networks and ESPN3.

United Soccer League

Approximately 450 USL matches this season.

Out-of-Market Live Sports

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

MLB

A daily game, seven days per week, throughout the regular season, a total of more than 180 games that will include every MLB team.*

NHL

A daily game throughout the regular season for a total of more than 180 hockey games — as well as on-demand replays of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

MLS

The entire MLS LIVE out-of-market schedule with more than 250 games this season, as well as the local-market home for the Chicago Fire, exclusively bringing 23 Fire matches to fans in Chicago.

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.

Exclusive Access ESPN+ Originals

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

  • Always Late w/ Kate Nolan : Daily late night show starring Katie Nolan.
  • 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 three unique features ESPN Insider, Limited Advertising, and Sports Marketplace

ESPN Insider

You will get exclusive written insights from analysts like Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, as well as premium Fantasy Tools & PickCenter.

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, NHL.TV, and UFC Fight Pass 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, Roku, Android TV, Android Phone/Tablet, iPhone/iPad, Web Browser, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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

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