ESPN+ Review 2020: Everything you need to know about the streaming service

What is ESPN+?

ESPN+ is a streaming service that offers exclusive live sporting events, original shows, and premium written content. It’s a standalone service that provides different content than what you’ll find on ESPN. It requires its own subscription, regardless of whether you have ESPN or not. 

You can get access to all ESPN+ has to offer for only $4.99/mo. With ESPN+, you can watch live events, including baseball, college football, hockey, golf, and soccer. Plus, it’s home to Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) boxing and is the only way to watch several exclusive pay-per-view events. 

The service is incredibly popular with sports fans for its easy accessibility, on-the-go capabilities, premium content, and affordable price. It even made our list of best sports streaming services. To sweeten the pot, you can also bundle Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu for only $12.99/mo. That saves you $6/mo. compared to what you’d pay if you purchased each service separately.

ESPN+ plans and pricing

 ESPN+Disney+, ESPN+, Hulu Bundle
Monthly price$4.99/mo.$12.99/mo.
Offline downloadsYesYes
Original contentYesYes
Streaming qualityHDHD
Live streamingYesYes
Types of contentClassic sports games, sports TV shows, exclusive interviewsDisney catalog, sports, popular TV shows and films

ESPN+ supported devices

It’s easy to get started with ESPN+. Sign in or create an account with ESPN, either through its app or website. From there, you can subscribe to ESPN+ and start watching content immediately.

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You can enjoy ESPN Plus on all major devices, including your smartphone, tablet, or TV. You can even watch directly from a web browser. To view using a smart device, download the regular ESPN app (found in the Apple Store, Google Play, or your TV’s app store) and sign in using your ESPN+ login information. 

ESPN+ works with the following devices: 

  • Android Phone, TV, Tablet
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • Fire TV, Fire Tablet
  • iPad, iPhone
  • Oculus Go
  • Playstation 4
  • Roku
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Xbox One

What to watch on ESPN+

So what is ESPN+, and what exactly does it offer? In short, it’s a sports lover’s dream. When you sign on, you’ll find a wide array of content: 

  • Archival library
  • Live streaming sporting events
  • Original programming
  • UFC and PPV events
  • Written articles

Archival Library

ESPN+’s archival library is impressive. It alone makes the $4.99/mo. price tag worth it. You’ll get access to ESPN plus’s on-demand archives, including the entirety of its 30 for 30 series. With more than 100 documentaries to choose from in that series alone, you’ll be sure to find something that interests you. 

Live Streaming Sports Events

ESPN+ is the place to go for live sporting events. Fans of college basketball, football, and lacrosse will find plenty of live-action to view. ESPN+ also broadcasts exclusive Major League Baseball (MLB), Major League Soccer (MLS), and National Hockey League (NHL) games that you won’t be able to watch anywhere else. You can also catch select boxing, international soccer, PGA golf, and tennis. 

Original Programming

In addition to live sporting events, ESPN+ offers original programming. There are all kinds of shows here, from athlete-hosted talk shows to documentary series. Watch your favorite athlete’s show, like Peyton’s Places, where Peyton Manning explores the history of the NFL. Or Ronda Rousey’s Why We Fight, where she highlights up-and-coming fighters. Or, you can watch serialized shows like NBA Rooks, which follows first-year rookies through the ups and downs of their transition to the pros. 

UFC and PPV Events

ESPN+ is also home to UFC action and broadcasts several exclusive PPV events. You can watch UFC Fight Nights, archives of the greatest UFC fights, and many UFC-related original shows. With ESPN+, you’ll never miss out on your favorite fighter. 

Written Articles

Back in the day, ESPN+ was entirely article-based. It was ESPN’s attempt to deliver behind-the-paywall content for sports fans looking for more in-depth articles. Despite the service transitioning fully into the world of live streaming and on-demand video, it still has a host of top sportswriters producing premium articles. Subscribing to ESPN+ gets you access to the entire library of articles, plus daily stories, so you can always stay on top of the latest news. 

To be clear, ESPN+ doesn’t provide access to any traditional ESPN coverage. For example, there are no NFL or NBA games. If you want to watch any events broadcast on ESPN, you’ll need to look at cable alternatives like Hulu + Live TV or Sling TV

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ESPN+ features

DVR

ESPN+ technically doesn’t offer DVR, so you won’t be able to record live games. But you can watch on-demand programming whenever you’d like. 

Users

ESPN plus allows you to stream on up to 3 devices at once. The exception here is for PPV events, where you can only stream on 2 devices at once. Those simultaneous streams have to be spread across 1 user account, though. There’s no option to create separate user profiles. 

Free Trial

Unfortunately, an ESPN+ free trial doesn’t exist right now. You’ll have to sign up for the monthly $4.99/mo. fee, but you can cancel at any time. 

The final cut

At such an affordable price and with so much on-demand content, sports fans will definitely want to try ESPN+. For only $4.99/mo., you get exclusive access to tons of live sports. Plus, you can watch ESPN+ originals, UFC fights, and PPV events you won’t find anywhere else. Not to mention the bonus premium articles you can read throughout the day. It’s easy to access the service, either on your TV, phone, or laptop. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, you’ll always be able to find something sports-related to enjoy.