How to Watch ESPN Without Paying for Cable TV

If you are a fan of sports, ESPN is likely one of the channels you want access to. Whether you are a college football fan or want to watch some of the best games from a long list of sports ESPN is a must have.

Up until a few years ago it was not possible to watch ESPN without a two-year contract that included hidden fees and regular price hikes. Now, thankfully, you no longer need a high cable TV bill and long-term contract to watch ESPN.

The following explains how you can watch ESPN without a cable TV contract.

ESPN is on almost every live TV streaming service. DIRECTV NOW, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, Hulu, YouTube TV, and more all offer it. Let’s take a look at some of the least expensive options.

Sling TV

If you want inexpensive Sling TV has you covered. You can get ESPN and ESPN2 for just $20 a month. Want ESPNNEWS, ESPNU, and the SEC Network? For extra $5 you can get the sports package for access to every ESPN Network.

Sling TV offers a 7-day trial allowing you to test it out before you pay for it.


If you have AT&T Unlimited Wireless you should check out DIRECTV NOW. Unlimited customers can get DIRECTV NOW for just $10 a month, making this an inexpensive way to get ESPN. No matter what package you want, AT&T Unlimited customers can get $25 off to help make it an even better deal.

DIRECTV NOW also offers a free 7-day trial.


If you already pay for Hulu make sure to check out the new Hulu live TV beta. It includes ESPN and many other popular sports channels. If you already pay for Hulu, the live TV option is a great one you should check out.

Other Options

Make sure to check out PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV. Both are great options for ESPN. Just be aware that YouTube TV is not available in all areas yet.

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    I can’t stand ESPN and their liberal bias