Watch ESPN online with VPN How to watch ESPN online with a VPN

Use a VPN to live stream ESPN* games securely, and enjoy even more sports streams with ESPN+. ExpressVPN is the best VPN for ESPN, helping you watch ESPN online privately without blackouts or throttling. Plus, with an online streaming service you can even watch ESPN without cable!

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Watch ESPN with a VPN

How to watch ESPN with a VPN

Step 1

How to sign up for ExpressVPN

Sign up for ExpressVPN and its blazing-fast service.

Step 2

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Select a secure U.S. VPN server location.

Step 3

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Log in to your ESPN account and stream in blazing-fast HD!

How to watch ESPN without cable or satellite

It’s easy to watch ESPN online, but you will need to supply your pay-TV credentials to access most of the core channels. To get ESPN without cable, sign up for an internet-only cord-cutting service like Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, or DirecTV Stream. These services don’t require long-term contracts or a physical cable or satellite hookup. Many even offer no-charge trial periods, so you can watch ESPN for free—for a few weeks, at least.

Best of all, these services are fully compatible with ExpressVPN. To ensure the smoothest viewing experience, just sign up while connected to the U.S. server location closest to you.


Fast VPN speeds for streaming ESPN

Some internet service providers (ISPs) intentionally slow down your internet connection if they detect that you’re streaming or otherwise using a large amount of data. This is called throttling. ExpressVPN defeats throttling by shielding your online traffic from your ISP so that it’s unable to inspect your data usage.

ExpressVPN is one of the fastest VPNs available, thanks in part to our groundbreaking VPN protocol Lightway, which also lets you connect to ExpressVPN faster—often in just a fraction of a second—so you get protection when you need it. vs. ESPN+ vs. ESPN3 vs. WatchESPN and the ESPN app offer all the core ESPN channels available through your pay-TV subscription. Just supply the credentials you use for your cord-cutting service or cable/satellite provider.

ESPN+ is an over-the-top streaming service that launched in 2018. It’s an add-on subscription to ESPN’s core networks, featuring original programming and exclusive broadcasts of sports.

ESPN3, previously ESPN360, is an online streaming service. ESPN3 is available to customers who receive their high-speed internet connection or cable television subscription from an affiliated service provider. Certain sports that were once available on ESPN3 have been moved to ESPN+.

WatchESPN was a streaming service and app that provided simulcasts for ESPN channels like ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, ESPN Deportes, and the SEC Network. It’s now been folded into the main ESPN site.

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FAQ: How to watch ESPN live online

* ExpressVPN is optimized to work with ESPN so you can enjoy online privacy and security all the time, without the VPN interfering. It should not be used as a means of copyright circumvention. We cannot see or control what you do while connected to our service, so you are responsible for complying with our Terms of Service, your content provider’s terms, and any applicable laws.

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