How to Live Stream ESPN2 without cable
I’m going to show you a quick and easy way to start watching an ESPN2 live stream on a Roku, Apple TV or an iPhone.
Streaming ESPN2 to your TV or smartphone is a lot cheaper than going through a cable provider. And it gives you more flexibility in terms of when and where you watch the NBA draft, soccer and NCAA football.
Right now, there are five live TV streaming services that carry ESPN2. But there are only two that stand out in terms of providing the best value for your money.
- Hulu with Live TV is the best option at $44.99 per month because of its channel lineup. You’ll get a robust lineup of 65+ live channels, 50 hours of Cloud DVR and full access to Hulu’s on-demand library at no extra cost.
- Sling TV is the cheapest option at $25 per month for 34 live TV channels. You can try Sling TV free for a week.
Local NBC and FOX stations, entertainment staples like A&E and Nat Geo Wild and more sports networks are also on Hulu’s Live TV service. But listen, you might want to know about what your other options are to watch the U.S. Open, car racing, college football or college basketball.
So I’m breaking down all five live TV services that carry an ESPN2 live stream in 2018. The era of cord cutting has put a lot more choices on the map. That’s especially true if you’ve learned how to get a good deal for Internet.
I’ll summarize what each live TV service offers so you can quickly decide how you want to stream ESPN2 live without a hefty cable bill. No matter what you choose with these live TV services, there are no hidden fees or contracts like you see with cable TV providers.
Watch an ESPN2 Live Stream on Hulu with Live TV
You can live stream ESPN2 just about anywhere using a Hulu with Live TV account.
Hulu lets you stream live TV channels at home on a streaming device or on the road with an iPhone, tablet or Android smartphone.
Hulu with Live TV subscribers get 60+ channels with 50 hours of Cloud DVR included for $44.99 per month. A&E, ESPN, all three FX Networks (FX, FXX, FXM), FS1, FS2, National Geographic, TBS and TNT are in your channel lineup.
Hulu has more local FOX, CBS and NBC stations than any other live TV streaming service out there. You look over what local chanels Hulu offers in your area by typing in your zip code.
A number of live TV services cost that much, but Hulu is also giving you unlimited access to its on-demand library. It’s the same one that customers pay $5.99 and up for to catch up on TV shows, movies and Hulu Originals like “The Path” and “The Handmaid’s Tale”. So you’re essentially getting an extra streaming service for the same price as some of Hulu’s competitors.
Need another perk? Ok. Use your Hulu with Live TV subscription to sign in to 38 TV Everywhere apps. That will unlock full access to apps for A&E, WatchESPN, FOX Sports GO, Syfy, History and NBC Sports.
Hulu with Live TV works on Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast and Xbox. Sign up for Hulu’s live TV service and see if you think it’s that good. Just cancel online if you don’t like it. No contracts or hidden fees. (Take that, cable!)
Sling TV: Live Stream ESPN2 cheap
Sling TV is still the king when it comes to getting a small, but important bundle of channels for cheap. The Sling Orange plan has ESPN2, ESPN, A&E, CNN, EPIX Drive-In and IFC as part of a 34+ channel bundle.
For 50 hours of Cloud DVR, it’ll cost you an extra $5 per month, but that’s optional. So it’s truly the cheapest way you can live stream ESPN2 – whether it’s for watching the NBA draft or The Masters.
Sling TV is best known for its variety of add-ons that can get you extra sports, movies and genre-specific networks.
The Sling Blue bundle will be necessary if you want channels like FOX.
Sling TV has apps for Roku, Fire TV, Xbox One and AirTV Player. Use your membership to sign in to the WatchESPN app when you want an extra live feed on your iPhone or streaming device.
Live Stream ESPN2 on AT&T TV Now
AT&T TV Now has ESPN2 in the Plus channel package, which costs $50 per month. You’ll get 45+ channels including HBO, NBC, Bravo and TNT are part of the Plus bundle along with sports channels like ESPN and FS1.
The service works on just about every major streaming device – Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV.
You can try out AT&T TV Now free for a week.
Live stream ESPN2 online with Youtube TV
YouTube TV has more than 70+ channels, and you can tap into an ESPN2 live stream just about anywhere.
Subscribers get unlimited Cloud DVR, and can have up to six profiles in a family. You’ll get local NBC, FOX and ABC in many parts of the U.S. A subscription is $49.99 per month.
TBS, TNT, FS1, FS2, MLB Network are all in the channel lineup. So is FX, National Geographic, and AMC. YouTube TV has apps for Roku, Apple TV and Android TV devices. You can also stream on a PC and smartphones. YouTube TV has free 7 day trial.
PlayStation Vue: Watch ESPN2 online live
PlayStation Vue has been a reliable live TV streaming service for a while now. You can sign up for the base-level Access bundle for an ESPN2 live stream. You’ll get 48+ channels and unlimited Cloud DVR for $44.99 per month. PS Vue offers local NBC, CBS and FOX in select markets across the U.S. The Access plan has ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, FX, FXX and Discovery ID. PS Vue has apps for Fire TV, Roku and Android TV devices. Sony offers a free 5-day trial.
Does ESPN+ include ESPN2?
ESPN+ shouldn’t be confused as a substitute for ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPN3. You won’t find coverage from those networks.
With ESPN+, you are essentially upgrading your ESPN app into its own streaming service with exclusive coverage for 12 college football conferences, daily MLB and NHL games and original programming.
This year ESPN+ is live streaming college football and basketball games, NHL and even UFC events. You can watch these games live, or rewind and stop games. You can look over my weekly ESPN+ schedule for more on specific games and programming.
There are new shows like Peyton’s Places, or you can watch old favorite documentary shows like 30 for 30. ESPN+ is also your gateway for purchasing UFC PPV fights, and delving into a library of content focusing on UFC fighters.
Trying out ESPN+ at $4.99 per month will cost you less than renting a movie.
Top Picks for Streaming ESPN2
So the best way to watch an ESPN2 live stream is through Hulu with Live TV.
It is the better pick because you are getting a well-rounded channel lineup with all the ESPN networks that you’ll need for sports, 50 hours of Cloud DVR, and access to Hulu’s full on-demand library. Try out Hulu’s Live TV service and see what you think.
There are no contracts, hidden fees or other obligations if you don’t like either service. Just cancel online before your trial ends.
How do you watch an ESPN2 live stream without cable? Tell fellow readers about your streaming experience in the comments below.
*This guide was originally published 6-20-18, and has been updated.