Not too long ago, you needed to be paying a cable or satellite TV provider to order ESPN. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case. Many streaming services carry the live linear channels for ESPN, ESPN2, and even ESPNU. But if you’re looking for a service that’s focused on sports, fuboTV must be on your radar. We’ve got all you need to know about how to watch ESPN live on fuboTV in 2022.
What is ESPN?
ESPN launched in 1979 with the first telecast of its still-running flagship show, SportsCenter. From its humble beginnings as a father-son business venture to being acquired by ABC – and then Disney – it’s the highest-earning sports channel in the world.
ESPN currently broadcasts 5 linear channels on US television:
For most of the network’s 40+ years, ESPN has required a subscription paid on top of your cable and satellite bill. It typically costs anywhere from $5 to $10 a month on its own or comes locked inside a more expensive channel bundle. But now you can get ESPN with a streaming service like fuboTV.
You may see ESPN+ mentioned a lot, but it is a standalone streaming service that doesn’t have ESPN’s live channels.
Watching ESPN on fuboTV
Watching ESPN or any of its channels on fuboTV is as easy as opening the channel guide and navigating to the ESPN channel you want to watch. Depending on which plan you have, you can watch the following ESPN channels and networks on fuboTV:
How much does fuboTV cost?
FuboTV has 3 English-language plans and 1 Spanish-language plan.
The 3 English-language plans all come with 1,000 hours of cloud DVR space and include the Unlimited Screens add-on, which lets you watch on 10 screens at home plus 2 more on the go.
All of the plans include ESPN and ESPN2. You also get FS1 and FS2, as well as other sports channels like NFL Network, Big Ten Network, and beIN Sports.
The 4 major TV networks (ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC) come standard with the 3 main plans, as do The CW, Telemundo and Univision.
The fuboTV Pro plan
The entry-level Pro plan from fuboTV gets you 130 channels and 100+ sporting events.
The fuboTV Elite plan
The fuboTV Elite plan has 184 channels and 130+ events in 4K. You get 2 additional core ESPN channels and 2 ESPN networks.
By including 2 add-ons to the Pro plan at a slight discount – News Plus ($2.99) and fubo Extra ($7.99) – you get ESPNEWS and ESPNU, as well as premium sports channels like NBA.TV, NHL Network and MLB Network.
College sports fans will be pleased to know it includes the ACC and SEC Networks , as well as the Pac-12 Network.
The fuboTV Ultimate plan
The top-tier fuboTV Ultimate plan gets you 220 channels and 130+ events in 4K. It includes everything in the lower tiers, plus 9 Showtime channels and the Sport Plus channel bundle.
A lot of the fubo Extra channels are repeated in the Sports Plus bundle, but a few new additions are NFL RedZone, MLB Strike Zone and 4 Stadium channels.
The fuboTV Latino plan
The fuboTV Latino plan costs just a fraction of the Pro plan and includes 43 channels and 100+ sporting events. However, it only has ESPN Deportes, and fuboTV doesn’t have an option to add ESPN or ESPN2.
It comes with 250 hours of cloud DVR and you can watch on 2 screens at once.
Does fuboTV have a free trial?
But the good news is that fuboTV has a free trial. Its 7-day free trial gives you complete access to all the channels, features and on-demand content for a full week.
Like most free trials, you need to enter your credit card info, so be sure to cancel your trial in time if you choose not to become a subscriber.
Which devices can you use to watch fuboTV?
FuboTV doesn’t have the most extensive device support in the industry, but it supports most of the popular devices, so you shouldn’t have much trouble watching it. Below are the types of devices supported, but check the fuboTV website for specific models and generations.
Computer: All major web browsers
Mobile: Android, iOS
Streaming: Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku
TVs: Android TV, Hisense, LG, Samsung, Vizio
How many simultaneous streams can you watch with fuboTV?
Since fuboTV restructured its pricing plans earlier this year, the 3 English-language plans now all include the Unlimited Screens add-on. This means you can watch up to 10 screens at the same time at home plus 2 more on the go.
However, the 2 extra screens not on your home network can only be mobile devices or web browsers. They can’t be smart TVs or streaming devices, which means you can’t watch them on Roku, FireTV or Xbox — or any other big screen.
The Latino plan comes with Standard Share, which allows just 2 simultaneous screens.
The Family Share add-on costs $5.99/month and allows one more stream at home, while the Unlimited Screens add-on (that’s included with the English-language plans) costs $9.99/month.
Douglas Wright is a freelance writer based in Japan. A former web designer and technical writer, he left beautiful Vancouver for bustling Tokyo, where he spent a decade recruiting for software and high-tech firms. No longer commuting through the world’s busiest train station, he writes fiction and a wide range of formats for clients around the world. When he gets AFK, he’s either outdoors with his two boys, streaming a show with his wife, or reading a book over a French-pressed, hand-ground coffee.