Here’s How to Watch Sports on ESPN, Even If You Don’t Have Cable

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It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for sports fans, from huge tentpole events like the U.S. Open to the kickoff of the 2023 NFL season. But chances are that if you’re one of the millions of Spectrum subscribers who were impacted by the recent blackout — meaning you couldn’t watch ESPN from Aug. 31 to Sept. 11 — you may have started to wonder how you could watch your favorite teams or athletes compete even if you don’t have cable. The good news: If you’ve cut the cord, it’s easier than ever to watch ESPN online and stream games, just in time for Monday Night Football. Read on for our guide to watching everything on ESPN, from DirecTV Stream to fuboTV. Watch ESPN with DirecTV Stream, fuboTV, Sling, and Hulu + Live TV

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How to Watch ESPN Without Cable

Whether you’re looking for bundle options or free trials, here are our top picks for how to watch ESPN even if you don’t have standard cable.

Stream ESPN Free With DirecTV Stream

Sports fans who’ve cut the cord need to know about DirecTV Stream, one of the ultimate streamers for game day. DirecTV offers four different packages, and you can watch sports on ESPN with its DirecTV Stream Entertainment plan. The package normally runs $74.99/month, but right now DirecTV is running a deal that gets you the package for $64.99/month. Bonus: You can test out the service with a five-day free trial. The Choice, Ultimate, and Premier plans also include ESPN. Watch ESPN with DirecTV Stream

Stream ESPN Free With fuboTV

It’s no surprise that fubo TV is one of the best ways to watch sports on ESPN even if you don’t have a traditional cable TV package. The best part? You can watch ESPN-broadcast games, races, and more with a fuboTV seven-day free trial before you commit to the service’s monthly subscription fee. Its Pro plan includes 176 channels, including ESPN, and normally costs you $74.99/month after your free trial ends. Watch ESPN with fuboTV

Watch ESPN With Sling TV

A streaming home run for cord-cutters, Sling is one of the best services for watching sports without cable right now. Sling Orange includes access to ESPN, so you can watch any game or event. You can stream live sports and record content starting as low as $20 for your first month — a 50% discount on the standard monthly fee. Watch ESPN with Sling TV

Stream ESPN With Hulu + Live TV

Hulu has the best streaming bundle out there with its Disney+ and ESPN+ package, but you can also watch live sports and ESPN with Hulu + Live TV. In addition to watching all your favorite teams and games with the live streaming package, you’ll also get access to Hulu and Disney+ original series and newly released blockbusters. Bonus: You’ll also get to watch even more sports on ESPN+ that aren’t streaming elsewhere thanks to the bundle. Watch ESPN with Hulu + Live TV

Watch ESPN with ExpressVPN

Another top pick for watching ESPN without cable or during a blackout? Go with a virtual private network, or VPN for short. We like ExpressVPN, which lets you watch live sports wherever you’re going. You can log in with one of the streaming credentials above, set your location, then start watching ESPN using ExpressVPN. Plus, you get a 30-day money-back guarantee. Right now you can save 49% and get three months free. Watch ESPN with ExpressVPN

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