ESPN+ review: Pricing, plans and features
Access up to three streams at once, but it can’t replace your ESPN cable channel.
Disney added ESPN+ to its streaming services in 2018, and it’s since gotten over 2 million subscribers. The ESPN+ library of programming comes with access to live games not shown on the ESPN TV network. But games hosted on the network aren’t available on ESPN+ — making it a supplement to the network, rather than a replacement.
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Pros and cons
- Exclusive content. Games streamed on ESPN+ are exclusive to the streaming service and aren’t shown on ESPN channels
- Multistream access. You can have up to three ESPN+ streams at once
- Over a dozen devices supported. Access content from almost any smart device available — including the Oculus Go
- Blackouts can still apply. Blackouts — both locally and nationally — can still prevent you from watching some live events
- Live events can have commercials. You can’t escape the ads with ESPN+
- Only available in the US. International viewers are out of luck for now
- Not a supplement for the ESPN TV network. Games hosted on the network aren’t available on ESPN+ and vice versa
What features does ESPN+ offer?
While it can’t replace your ESPN cable channel, ESPN+ has a number of features that may make it a valuable addition.
Exclusive game footage
You can still access the ESPN app for free, but you’ll have to be an ESPN+ subscriber to get the complete game-viewing package. Certain live events, on-demand games, highlights and gametime shows are only available to ESPN+ subscribers.
In addition to live and on-demand games, you’ll also get original ESPN shows — including complete access to over 60 installments of the ESPN documentary series, 30 for 30.
Special sports news and articles
Some news, scores, radio stations and podcasts are still available for free through the ESPN app, but only ESPN+ subscribers get total access. Get the latest on upset draft picks, expert predictions and fantasy league draft information with your subscription.
What can I watch with ESPN+?
Live games, pre- and post-game shows, on-demand games, ESPN originals and highlights are all available to stream with ESPN+.
- Australian Open
- College basketball, football and lacrosse
- FA Cup
- Italian Serie A
- UFC Fight Nights
- US Open
- Wimbledon Championships
ESPN original series
- 30 for 30
- Draft Academy
- NBA Rooks
- Nine for IX
- Quest for the Stanley Cup
Can I watch UFC fights with ESPN+?
You can watch UFC pay-per-view (PPV) events through ESPN+, but it’ll cost you. You can get an annual subscription of ESPN+ with UFC 243 — the next planned PPV event as of September 2019 — for $79.98. That means you’re essentially paying $30 for UFC.
What devices is ESPN+ compatible with?
One of the main draws of ESPN+ is the number of devices you can use it on.
Smart TV devices
- AppleTV, generations 3 and 4
- Samsung-connected TVs
- Android mobile devices
- Mobile browsers
- Desktop browsers
- Oculus Go
- Playstation 4
- Xbox One
How much does ESPN+ cost?
You can get ESPN+ for $4.99 a month, or $49.99 a year. The subscription can be canceled at any time.
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ESPN+ hosts content that can’t be found on the ESPN cable network alone, and vice versa. While it’s not meant to replace your cable channel, it can give you access to more games, news and content.