ESPN+ Review 2021

ESPN+ gives you loads of content for every sport—besides NFL and NBA
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Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Live game coverage for most sports
No live NFL or NBA game coverage
Recent Updates: More than 6 months
Although ESPN+ recently increased its pricing to $5.99/mo., current subscribers will be able to keep the $4.99/mo. subscription fee for one more year.
More than 6 months
Prices are increasing across the streaming service industry, and ESPN+ is no exception (sigh). It's been announced that ESPN+ will increase their pricing by $1 to $5.99/mo. in August 2020. If you're a current subscriber, you'll be able to keep the $4.99/mo. subscription fee for one year.

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 $6 a month. (That’s less than a game beer!)

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

Pros

  • Loads of content for $6 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 $6 per month. That’s less than a Dodger dog!

Recently, ESPN+ increased its monthly price to $6, and even more recently, ESPN+ raised its annual subscription price to $60.

Either way, we definitely recommend the yearly subscription to save $12 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
PlanPriceSimultaneous streamsDetails
ESPN+ monthly subscription$5.99/mo.3Free Trial
ESPN+ yearly subscription$59.99/yr.3View Plans

Data effective 1/11/2020.

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 $13.

You’d save about $6 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+.

So, no need to worry about using too much space on your phone. You can keep all of your shopping apps still.

Just open up your ESPN app and tap on the ESPN+ tab, and voilà! You’re in. And 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+ can’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).

So, 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 got your back. Does your daughter love to watch the WNBA? ESPN+ at your service.

But if you only want NFL or NBA game coverage, ESPN+ won’t be your pick.

ESPN+ sports coverage includes the following:

  • Tennis
  • Soccer (MLS, Serie A, FA Cup)
  • NCAAF
  • NCAA Lacrosse
  • NCAAM
  • MLB
  • NBA
  • 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 Conor McGregor take out Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds.

How does ESPN+ work?

ESPN+ has an interface with lots 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.

ESPN+ home page

Under the Latest Series & Shows category is where you’ll find The Max Kellerman Show, Series A, GREENY, and The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.

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.

ESPN+ game schedule

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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 $60 per year, you get:

  • Live game coverage for more than 20 sports in HD. Oh yeah.
  • On-demand series and documentaries like Detail 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. Who can get enough sports? We know we can’t.

What do you think?

Do you have ESPN+? What’s your experience with it been? Or do you like a different streaming service better? Drop us a comment below!