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For years now, sports have been the last best hope of overpriced cable and satellite services. Studies show that TV fans want to watch sports live – sporting events are “DVR-proof” in a way that other television events are not. What's more, sports were hard to get (live or otherwise) in streaming form in the early days of cord-cutting. Sports seemed like they might just allow cable and satellite to survive, and, for a while, they did. But the era in which cord cutters had to go without sports in order to go without cable is now over. Now, there are all sorts of streaming services to choose from, including skinny bundles with sports channels included, league streaming services like MLB.TV, and a relative newcomer that has the streaming world very excited: ESPN+.
What is ESPN+? It's ESPN's long-anticipated standalone streaming service. ESPN+ does not include a live stream of ESPN's live pay TV channels – at least, not yet – but there is a lot that the service does include. Here's everything that you need to know about ESPN+, from what content is available on the service to how to sign up for and cancel ESPN+.
For years, cable and satellite companies have leaved in fear of the day that ESPN will try a direct-to-consumer model for its extremely popular sports channels, which include ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and more. But that day has not quite arrived yet: ESPN+ has a lot of great content, but it does not include a live stream of ESPN, ESPN2, or any other ESPN channel.
However, ESPN+ does include live sports. The live sports broadcasts that you'll find on ESPN+ include online exclusives as well as streams of regional broadcasts (such as feeds from RSNs showing Major League Soccer matches). Here are a few of the things you can expect to find on ESPN+:
The selection of MLS games is particular robust, because ESPN+ includes MLS Live. Previously a standalone league streaming service, MLS Live worked pretty much like MLB.TV and NBA League Pass did – only with fewer blackouts, thanks to more enlightened MLS blackout regulations. These days, MLS Live still offers all the same content, but has been absorbed into ESPN+ and no longer exists as a standalone service.
On top of all the live sports, ESPN+ includes everything you'd hope for from a sports-centric streaming show. That means analysis and recap shows, sports documentary series and movies, and more. Films from ESPN's popular 30 for 30 series are featured prominently in ESPN+'s catalog. The acclaimed documentary series O.J.: Made in America is included in the streaming library, too. This content is available on-demand through the same ESPN+ service and app as the live sports content. Here are some of the highlights from ESPN+'s on-demand content.
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As of this writing, ESPN+ is a relatively new service. But it already offers pretty impressive platform support. To stream ESPN+ on most devices, you'll just need to download the ESPN app. You'll be able to watch ESPN+'s live and on-demand content on devices that range from small mobile devices to streaming devices that put your content on your TV screen. Here's a list of devices you can use to watch ESPN+.
ESPN+ allows you to watch live sports and on-demand content on a ton of different devices. So how much do you have to pay for the privilege? How much does ESPN+ cost?
ESPN+ costs $4.99 per month. That makes it noticeably cheaper than major streaming services like Netflix and skinny bundles like Sling TV, and puts it more or less in line with other niche streaming services.
Is the price right? Well, that depends. If you're a big fan of MLS and the other sports that ESPN+ will deliver to you, this is a no-brainer. If not, the price might be a bit steep for access to ESPN+'s on-demand library, which – while full of quality stuff – is huge and, of course, pretty much sports-only.
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The best deal on ESPN+ right now is Disney's big three-service bundle. You can get Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for $12.99 per month as a package deal. That's $5 per month less than you'd pay for full-price monthly subscriptions from those three. Since ESPN+ usually costs $4.99 per month, you can think of this as getting ESPN+ for free!
So you want to check out ESPN+. Great! It's only natural to wonder, then, if there's an ESPN+ free trial you can use. As of right now, ESPN+ does not offer a free trial. But there is good news: You can still save cash on an ESPN+ subscription by signing up for a deal like Disney's ESPN+, Disney+, and Hulu bundle. It's also worth remembering that ESPN+ is quite cheap on a month-to-month basis, so you won't lose much by just signing up for the service and checking it out for a few weeks.
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Contracts aren't a very appealing thing to most cord cutters, so they should be happy to learn that ESPN+ doesn't deal in contracts. With ESPN+, your service is simply month-to-month. You'll be billed each month for the coming month of service, and you can cancel at any time. If you do choose to cancel, then that cancellation will be effective starting at the end of your current billing period.
The exception is if you cancel within seven days of your first bill after signing up. If you do that, you'll get a refund.
Want to know how to cancel ESPN+? We can help.
There are multiple ways to sign up for ESPN+, so there are also multiple ways to cancel it. If you signed up for ESPN+ on a streaming device, then you can most likely cancel the service on that same device: just head into your device's settings (not the ESPN app's settings) and look for options related to subscriptions.
If your subscription is tied to an ESPN account, you can also cancel ESPN+ by heading to ESPN.com and signing in with your ESPN account. Finally, you can always cancel ESPN+ by emailing or calling ESPN's customer service department.
Want to learn even more about ESPN+? Well, good news: we've covered this service a lot here at Cordcutting.com. Check out the links here on this page or search for “ESPN+” in our search bar. You can also check out our piece on how to watch ESPN without cable, our general tips for sports-loving cord cutters, and more. Don't forget to pay us a visit at our homepage and on our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest tips, reviews, and more. We cover ESPN+, sports streaming, and everything else to do with the broader streaming and cord-cutting world!