How to Watch ESPN on Roku with ESPN or ESPN+ Subscription

Last Updated on September 30, 2021 by Mark Roberts

If you are a sports lover, an ESPN+ subscription is a must-have for you! With a single ESPN+ subscription, you can access live sports streaming, match highlights, expert talks, and much more sports-related content.

PayTV service subscribers can get direct access to ESPN on Roku. But, here we are going to discuss how to watch ESPN on Roku with an ESPN+ subscription. So, if you don’t want to pay extra bucks for cable TV, you can go for the ESPN subscription to watch all the ESPN channels content at a minimal cost.

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How to Watch ESPN on your Roku Device


To watch ESPN on Roku with a subscription, you must have already purchased the subscription. Otherwise, you will have to buy it using the following steps and afterward head on to your Roku player to install ESPN.

Note: If you are an existing ESPN plus member, jump to step 5.

Step 1: Using any web browser, visit the ESPN official website by clicking on this link – https://plus.espn.com/.

Step 2: Choose either the ESPN+ with Disney+ and Hulu subscription or only the ESPN+ subscription by clicking the appropriate button.

Step 3: Provide the necessary registration details asked on the next page to create your ESPN+ account.

Step 4: Complete the payment process, and you will be an active ESPN Plus subscriber.

Step 5: Go to the Streaming Channels option from your Roku home screen.

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Step 6: On the Roku Channel Store page, click on the search bar and search for ESPN.

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Step 7: Select the ESPN App from the listed options.

Step 8: Click Add Channel and wait till installation completes. Then, return to your Roku Home Page.

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Activate ESPN on Roku


Once you install ESPN Plus on Roku, the next step is to activate your ESPN Plus subscription account on Roku.

Step 1: Launch the ESPN channel from the Roku channel list.

Step 2: Click on Buy Now.

Step 3: Skip both the options listed on the page and select login. An activation code will appear on your screen.

Step 4: Open a web browser on a different device and go to https://www.espn.com/watch/activate.

Step 5: Type the ESPN Plus activation code in the box and hit continue.

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Step 6: That’s it! You can now stream your favorite ESPN programs on your Roku.

What Other Streaming Services Can We Watch ESPN on Roku?


If you don’t want to get the ESPN Plus Subscription, there are alternative options to stream ESPN on Roku. You even don’t require a cable TV provider subscription to watch ESPN on Roku. You can either get Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, or YouTube TV subscription. And then watch ESPN + on Roku using these streaming services.

These streaming services are paid, but you can claim their free trial to try out the service before purchasing.

Can You Watch ESPN on Older Roku Models?


Naturally, you can watch ESPN on most older Roku models. But some Roku devices don’t support ESPN channels which include:

  • Roku 2 HD – 3000X
  • Roku 2 XD – 3050X
  • Roku 2 XS – 3100X/ EU
  • Roku HD – 2500X
  • Roku LT – 2400X/ EU
  • Roku LT – 2450X
  • Roku Streaming Stick – 3400X
  • Roku Streaming Stick – 3420X

If you still want to stream ESPN shows on any of these models, you will have to use the casting technique and cast your Chromecast device to Roku. For the rest of the Roku devices, the methods listed above will get the job done! 

ESPN Supported Devices


If your Roku model is not compatible with ESPN Plus, you will have to look for another ESPN-supported device. Below is the list of devices that stream ESPN. Check them out.

  • Amazon Fire Stick
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android mobiles and tablets
  • Android TV
  • Apple TV
  • Amazon Kindle Fire
  • Amazon Fire tablet
  • Amazon Fire TV Smart TVs
  • Chromecast
  • iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
  • PS4
  • Roku Player
  • Xbox One
  • Samsung Smart TV

How to Download ESPN Content on Roku


ESPN Plus supports offline streaming, but it is limited to mobile phone users. So, you cannot download ESPN Plus titles on Roku or other media streaming devices.

Besides, you can download selected content only. You can look for downloadable content by clicking on the available for download option on ESPN. And then select whichever show you want to download. Otherwise, if the ESPN content is not available for download, you will have to stream it online.

How Much Does ESPN Cost?


ESPN offers two subscription plans. One is the only ESPN subscription, and the other is the ESPN+ with Disney+ and Hulu bundle. The cost of these subscriptions is as follows:

  • ESPN plus subscription – $5.99 per month or $49.99 per annum.
  • ESPN+ with Hulu and Disney+ bundle – $13.99 per month

All the plans display the same content. The only catch is that you get access to Hulu and Disney with the second package. Also, you can cancel the pack anytime since you aren’t bound by any contract.

What Content is on ESPN?


ESPN hosts a variety of live sports games and on-demand sports shows and documentaries. You can watch behind the scenes, match highlights, etc., about the biggest leagues, including MLB, NFL, NBA, etc. 

Live Sports


With an ESPN+ subscription, you can stream thousands of live sporting events on your Roku. Some live events include boxing, tennis, cricket, basketball, soccer, golf, etc.

On top of that, ESPN+ also lets you access MLS, NHL, and MLB seasons on your Roku TV. All you need to do is to purchase an ESPN+ subscription and get it linked to your Roku.

30-for-30 Documentaries


ESPN+ streams the award-winning documentaries, 30-for-30 on its channel. These are based on sports content, and you can view them all with your subscription. Some 30 for 30 titles you wouldn’t want to miss out on include The Last Dance, The Two Escobars, Youngstown Boys, Vick, Catching Hell, The U, etc.

Original Series


ESPN+ also has its set of Original shows related to various sports leagues. The popular titles among them are NBA Rooks, Detail, Why We Fight, Becoming, More Than an Athlete, etc.

The Final Cut


If you are looking to get rid of your cable TV subscription or never had one, the best way to watch ESPN+ on Roku is with ESPN or ESPN+ subscription. ESPN+ has an affordable subscription, and you can view all the content with a single purchase. So, what are you waiting for? Get your ESPN+ subscription now and watch your favorite content!

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