ESPN+ Review 2022

ESPN+ gives you loads of content for every sport—besides NFL and NBA

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ESPN+
4 out of 5 stars
4
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    Live game coverage for most sports
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    $7/month or $70/year
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    No live NFL or NBA game coverage
Chantel Buchi
Staff Writer, TV & Streaming
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February 17, 2022
4 min read

You might be here because you're wondering: what is ESPN+? What content does it have? Which sports does it cover? Should I get it?

Well, ESPN+ is a sports streaming service with live game coverage, on-demand series and documentaries, and exclusive latest news articles on lots of sports. And ESPN+ gives you all this for only $7 a month. (That's less than a game beer!)

Do you consider yourself an ultra sports fan? Then this streaming service is for you. Read on to find out everything you need to know about ESPN+.

Pros
  • Loads of content for $7 per month
  • Live game coverage for most sports
Cons
  • No live NFL or NBA game coverage
  • Need to be subscribed to a cable provider to watch ESPN channel 24/7

How much does ESPN+ cost?

ESPN+ costs $7 per month. That's less than a mini baseball souvenir!

An ESPN+ subscription is $7 each month or you can choose to order the annual subscription for $70.

Either way, we definitely recommend the yearly subscription to save $14 if you're a sports fan because it's inevitable that you'll keep this streaming service all year long.

Can you really put a price on access to lots of sports content? We're talking entertainment for hours and keeping you up-to-date on the latest sports news.

ESPN+ details

Data effective 2/17/2022.

And here's a bonus: if you love Disney+ and Hulu's (with ads) on-demand content, you can bundle all three streaming services for $14.

You'd save about $8 total if you were to get all three individually. It's worth that extra takeout meal you could afford to cut out of your diet, Steve.

Does ESPN+ have a contract or fees?

Other than the monthly subscription fee, ESPN+ has no contract or fees whatsoever. Woot!

How do you watch ESPN+?

Watch the NCAA football games on any smartphone, tablet, or smart TV

This streaming service is compatible with almost any device, as long as you're able to download the ESPN app. Fortunately, you only need one app to access ESPN and ESPN+.

No need to worry about using too much space on your phone. You can keep all of your shopping apps.

Just open up your ESPN app and tap on the ESPN+ tab, and voilà! You're in. Now you can watch your HD content on three simultaneous streams.

Here's a list of all devices that can stream ESPN+:

  • iPhones, iPads, and Apple TV (generations 3 and 4)
  • Android smartphones and TVs
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Roku
  • Xbox One
  • PlayStation 4
  • Samsung TVs
  • On the web (ESPN.com)

If you want to stream the ESPN channel, you have to sign into your TV provider account on the ESPN+ app. ESPN+ is compatible with almost every TV provider, so that won't be a problem.

But that also means you have to actually have a TV provider to watch anything besides the live game coverage—like ESPN talk shows.

So ESPN+ won't be a cable TV replacement. You'll also need to sign in with your cable TV provider to watch the live NBA and NFL games on the ESPN channels (since ESPN+ doesn't have rights to their games).

In short, think of ESPN+ as a bonus to feed your sports addiction.

Which sports are on ESPN+?

Everything from baseball to cricket to MMA

ESPN+ has live game coverage, articles, and clips for not only popular sports but also a bunch of sports that don't get much attention.

Are you a fan of rugby? ESPN+ has it. Is your cousin on an NBA G League team? ESPN+ has your back. Does your family love to watch the WNBA? ESPN+ at your service.

But if you only want NFL or NBA game coverage, ESPN+ isn't your pick.

ESPN+ sports coverage includes the following:
  • Tennis
  • Soccer (MLS, Serie A, FA Cup)
  • NCAAF
  • NCAA Lacrosse
  • NCAAM
  • MLB
  • NHL
  • Golf
  • Rugby
  • Cricket
  • WNBA
  • Esports
  • MMA
  • WWE
  • NASCAR
  • Little League World Series
  • CFL
  • NBA G League
  • Chalk
  • Boxing
  • F1
  • Special Olympics
  • X Games
  • UFC

We should also mention that although there isn't NFL or NBA game coverage, there is a whole section dedicated to basketball news, fantasy football articles, standings, stats, and scores.

If you're a UFC or boxing fan, then you might already have ESPN+. To get pay-per-view events, you'll now need to be an ESPN+ subscriber.

Then you'll have to pay that extra $65 for the actual PPV event. But it's a small price to pay to watch Dustin Poirier take on Charles Oliveira.

How does ESPN+ work?

ESPN+ has an interface with plenty of tabs to easily get you to the sports content you want

When you open your ESPN+ app, the home tab is going to look a little similar to Netflix or Hulu. There are horizontal rows of suggestions such as Live Games, Top Picks, UFC Replays, and 30 for 30 Spotlight.

Under the Films Spotlight category is where you'll find Once Upon a Time in Queens, The '85 Bears, and The Fab Five. For Featured Series, you'll find Man in the Arena: Tom Brady, Eli's Places, Detail, and Turning Point.

And you won't have to worry about missing a game or not having a DVR because you can replay any of the matches or games you missed while you were at your son's basketball game.

ESPN+ makes it easy to use with all of its tabs at the top of the screen.

Most are self-explanatory, but you can find Featured and Browse. You can sit back and enjoy 30 for 30 documentaries, E:60, or SC Featured under the Originals tab.

And we also like the convenient guide under the Schedule & Replays. You can see which games are live now or upcoming, and you can also filter your guide by which sport you want to watch.

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Recap: Is ESPN+ worth it?

Unless you only want NFL or NBA game coverage, then ESPN+ is definitely worth it

All right, let's lay it all out again. For $70 per year, you get:

  • Live game coverage for more than 20 sports in HD. Oh yeah.
  • On-demand series and documentaries like Man in the Arena: Tom Brady and 30 for 30 movies. There go our Saturday nights.
  • Exclusive latest news articles on lots of sports. Analysis—yes please.

Unless you're just a fan of NFL or NBA, this streaming service is worth it. If you can't get enough sports we understand, neither can we.

FAQs

Does ESPN+ come with Disney+?

ESPN+ comes with Disney+ and Hulu when you order the bundle starting at $13.99/month.

Does ESPN+ include NFL games?

ESPN+ doesn't include NFL or NBA games. You can watch the ESPN channel on ESPN+ when you sign in with your cable TV, satellite TV, or live TV streaming service login.

Does ESPN+ show live games?

ESPN+ shows live game for 20+ sports, such as tennis, soccer, golf, and MMA. 

ESPN+ doesn't air live NFL or NBA games unless you sign in with your TV provider.

Chantel Buchi
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Chantel Buchi
Chantel is all about finding the best tv or streaming service to watch as many football games as possible to keep her Fantasy Football team in check. Prior to being a TV and Streaming Tech Reporter for Reviews.org, she worked for NFL Network and The Alliance of American Football. Before that, she received a B.A. of Communication at the University of Utah and an M.S. in Sports Journalism at USC. Go Utes and Fight On. Contact her at chantel@reviews.org

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