How to watch Sports on Roku: ESPN, FOX, NFL Network, and more

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Roku provides a range of devices that enable users to watch their favorite live TV and on-demand streaming services on their TV. Roku’s range of devices gives users plenty of options for live sports streaming. By downloading and subscribing to apps for various streaming services, sports fans can watch the NFL on Roku, watch channels like ESPN on Roku, and enjoy FOX Sports Roku access.

Roku devices range from the $29.99 Roku Express and its $49.99 plug-and-play Streaming Stick+, through to its premium streaming device Roku Ultra, which costs $99.99.

Sports channels on Roku

The Roku Channel Store provides a wide range of apps and channels that enable users to watch all their favorite sports, from basketball, baseball, and football to golf, ice hockey, soccer, and tennis.

Roku provides apps for live TV streaming services that include local and national sports networks in their channel lineups, such as fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV. The provider’s channel store also contains apps that allow users to access their subscriptions to specific sports content providers such as MLB.TV, NBA TV, and NFL Network on Roku. Roku users can also access free channels that provide limited sports content, such as Philo and Total Football.

The best sports channels on Roku include:


Starting Price: $4.99/mo.

Roku device users can access plenty of live sports through ESPN+, which is available through the ESPN channel on the Roku Channel Store. Live sports on ESPN+ include MLB and NHL action. There are also CFL, MLS, NASCAR, UFC, WNBA, WWE, and NCAA events. However, it does not show any live NBA or NFL games. ESPN+ also broadcasts cricket, e-sports, and Formula 1, as well as live golf, rugby, international soccer, tennis, and X-Games events.


Starting price: $54.99/mo.

The basic fuboTV package provides plenty of sports content, including access to beIN Sports, CBS Sports Network, FOX Sports, NBA TV, NBC Sports Network, and NFL Network. The major emission from this list is the lack of ESPN, which is a must-have for many sports lovers.

Roku users can also add sports add-ons to their channels list. fuboTV Sports Plus provides access to Gol TV, Fight Network, NFL RedZone, Stadium, and more for $10.99/mo. It also offers the fuboTV Cycling Package, which includes the Fubo Cycling channel alongside Eleven Sports, FOX Soccer Plus, Gol TV, TyC Sports, and Zone Futbol for $11.99/mo. Another add-on option through fuboTV is NBA League Pass, which costs $28.99/mo.

Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live TV provides plenty of great sports action for Roku device users. The live streaming service provides access to major sports networks CBS Sports Network, ESPN, FOX Sports, and NBC Sports Network. It also has football fans covered with college networks ACCN, Big Ten Network, College Extra, and SEC Network. It also includes Goal Line, Golf Channel, and Olympic Channel in its standard lineup. However, major omissions from its channels include MLB Network, NBA TV, and NFL Network.

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Sling TV

Starting price: $30/mo.

Live TV service Sling TV provides Roku users with a solid choice of sports alongside its range of entertainment, lifestyle, and news channels. The service includes access to ESPN, FOX Sports, and NBC Sports Network, as well as enabling viewers to watch NFL RedZone on Roku. It also provides Nautical Channel, NFL Network, and Stadium.

Sling TV offers a Sports Extra add-on for $10/mo., which includes additional channels MLB Network, NBA TV, and NHL Network. The add-on service also includes college football networks ACCN, Longhorn Network, and SEC Network, as well as Golf Channel, Pursuit, and Tennis Channel.

YouTube TV

Starting price: $64.99/mo.

YouTube TV offers one of the best sports channel lineups for Roku device users. The service provides access to CBS Sports, ESPN, and NBC Sports Network, as well as MLB Network and NBA TV. It also includes ACC Network, Big Ten Network, and Golf Channel, plus services for Sounders FC, LAFC, and Orlando City.

YouTube TV also enables subscribers to purchase add-on channels FOX Soccer Plus ($15/mo.) and NBA League Pass ($40/mo.)

FOX Sports

Starting price: Free

The FOX Sports app on Roku provides access to FOX Sports, FS1, FS2, FOX College Sports, FOX Deportes, and even FOX Soccer Plus. It enables users to tune into live MLB, NBA, NHL, college basketball and football, bowling, Olympics, and more. Roku users can use their pay-TV subscription credentials to log into the FOX Sports app.

MLB Channel

Starting price: $49.99/yr.

Roku’s MLB Channel enables existing MLB.TV subscribers to access their account and watch every out-of-market regular-season game live and on-demand. Roku device users can sign up for an MLB.TV account for $49.99/yr. for access to a single team or $59.99/yr. for all MLB teams.

NBA Channel

Starting price: $6.99/mo.

Roku’s NBA Channel provides plenty of live games, highlights, replays, score updates, and stats from across the league. The app includes tabs for NBA TV ($6.99/mo. or $59.99/yr.) and NBA League Pass ($28.99/mo. or $199.99/yr.) subscribers can use to log in to their accounts and watch live games.

NHL Channel

Starting price: $24.99/mo. 

The NHL Roku channel enables users to watch every out-of-market regular-season game from across the league, plus on-demand, post-game highlights, and additional content. The channel requires an NHL TV subscription, which costs $24.99/mo., $115.99 for a single team season pass, or $$144.99 for full-season access to all teams.

The final cut

Roku users have plenty of options available to watch live sports on their device, from live TV streaming services to specialist channels catering to specific sports. Choosing the right streaming service can be tough, given the number of options available. However, most of the live TV services come with seven-day free trials that are well worth users trying out to find their ideal sports viewing on Roku.

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