How to stream ESPN live without cable (2022-23)

How to stream ESPN live without cable (2022-23)

When it comes to sports television, there’s one network that towers above all others: ESPN. For over 40 years, they’ve been the gold-standard in sports broadcasting, airing events from NFL, MLB, NBA and more – not to mention celebrated original programming like 30 for 30, SportsCenter, and Pardon the Interruption.

But how do you watch ESPN if you don’t have cable? Never fear. It’s easy to stream ESPN, ESPN2, and their affiliated channels on your Roku device.

We’ve put together this handy guide that outlines all the ways you can stream ESPN without cable, complete with info on pricing and channel availability. Read below to learn how to get your game on with ESPN.

How to stream ESPN without cable


DIRECTV STREAM’s basic “Entertainment” level package starts at $54.99/month and includes ESPN and ESPN2. If you’re looking for more, you can upgrade to their “Choice” level package for $74.99/month, which unlocks ACCN, ESPNews, ESPNU, and SEC Network.


A favorite among sports-loving cable-cutters, fuboTV’s Pro package starts at $69.99/month and includes ESPN, ESPN2, and ACCN. For an additional $7.99/month, you can upgrade to fubo Extra, which adds ESPNU, ESPNews, and SEC Network.

Hulu with Live TV

Cord cutters are by now familiar with Hulu’s popular Live TV options, where sports fans watch ESPN live with Hulu + Live TV with Disney+ and ESPN+ for $69.99/month – you can also opt for an ad-free version for $75.99/month. This gets you ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN College Extra, ESPNews, ESPNU, ACCN, and SEC Network.

Sling TV

A longstanding favorite for cord cutters looking for live TV, Sling TV’s Orange package brings you ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and is priced at $35/month. You can also upgrade to their Sports Extra option for an additional $11/month, which gets you access to ESPNU, ESPNews, SEC Network, SEC Network +, ACCN, ACCN Extra, and the Longhorn Network.

YouTube TV

With an impressive channel lineup and unlimited DVR, YouTube TV is an extremely popular cable alternative that makes streaming ESPN without cable easy. Their base plan is $64.99/month, and with that, you’ll get ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, ACCN, and SEC Network.


A relatively new player in the streaming world, Vidgo offers competitive pricing on a wide array of live television packages. For $59.95/month, their Plus package boasts ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, ACCN, Longhorn Network, & SEC Network.


Think of ESPN+ as an add-on to your existing streaming plan. When you sign up for ESPN+ at $6.99/mo or $70/annually, you get a load of exclusive live content from UFC, MLB, MLS, NHL, college and international sports, and more. You can also combine it with your streaming plans through providers like the ones mentioned above, which will collect all your available ESPN content in one place for easy viewing.

To watch on your Roku device, simply add the ESPN channel, and log into ESPN+ to easily stream your favorite sports entertainment. 

And there you have it, streaming options like DIRECTV STREAM, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV, Vidgo, and ESPN+, easily let you watch live ESPN without cable. 

Looking for even more live TV? Learn how you can watch over 300 live channels through the Roku Channel.

Happy Streaming!

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