How to Stream ESPNU Live Without Cable

How can I stream ESPNU online?

Streaming ESPNU live is essential for watching NCAA basketball and football games.

It’s a key network to have dialed in on a Roku when Big 12 Men’s Championship conferences, or any NCAA conferences, are underway.

My top pick to live stream ESPNU is Hulu with Live TV because you’re getting the most value for the price. I’ll outline all your other choices, and ways you can activate the ESPN app so you can stream ESPNU live to watch games.

I cut the cord a few years ago, and I’ve subscribed to every live TV streaming service at one time or another. Picking the right live TV service to watch ESPNU will likely depend on what other networks you want. If you’re a fan of NCAA sports, you may also want Big Ten Network, SEC Network and ESPN2.

You can use a live TV streaming account to sign in to the WatchESPN app.

Is ESPNU free?

A lot of people wonder if there’s a way to watch ESPNU for free because they don’t subscribe to cable TV. The answer is no. The closest (legal) option is take advantage of a free trial of a live TV streaming service.

A few live TV streaming services (like Hulu+Live TV) also allow you to activate live streams on, or the ESPN app on Roku and other streaming devices.

Watch ESPNU Live Stream on Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV has ESPNU and its sister channels, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNews. There’s Big Ten Network, FS1, FS2 and SEC Network as part of a 65+ channel lineup.

You can even look over what local NBC, CBS and FOX networks are in your area by entering your zip code. So if you’re out to replace your subscription to Spectrum or Comcast, Hulu with Live TV is a pretty easy transition.

Hulu’s Live TV package is my top pick because subscribers get 50 hours of Cloud DVR, and unlimited access to Hulu’s on-demand library that people pay $5.99 per month for. You’re getting two streaming services for the same price as Hulu’s competition. Hulu on-demand has thousands of movies and popular TV shows from networks such as A&E, NBC and HGTV.

Plus, Hulu subscribers can activate about 38 apps on streaming devices. So you can activate WatchESPN or the HGTV app without a cable or satellite TV subscription. 

You can watch Hulu with Live TV on Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, iPhones, Android smartphones and tablets.

Hulu with Live TV has no contracts or hidden fees. Just cancel online if you don’t like it. Subscribers pay $54.99 per month. Look over the regional sports network and local channels in your area by entering your zip code.

Hulu + Live TV has a free trial that lasts a week.

Watch ESPNU live without cable on Sling TV

Sling TV is the cheapest way to live stream ESPNU, and it’s my runner-up pick because of its rock bottom price.

The Sling Orange package has 34 channels including ESPN and TNT. To get ESPNU, you’ll have to pay another $5 for the Sports Extra bundle. The Sports Extra bundle has NBA TV, SEC Network, SEC Network+, Pac-12, ESPNEWS, NHL Network, beIN SPORTS, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded, Stadium, Outside Television and Motorsport TV.

If you want to record games, Sling TV charges another $5 per month for 50 hours. Even with the add-ons, Sling TV remains one of the least expensive options out there to live stream ESPNU.

You can look over the Sling TV channel lineup, or try out a free 7-day trial.

ESPNU live stream on YouTube TV

YouTube TV is a popular live streaming service that has 75+ channels, including ESPNU for $64.99 per month. You’ll get ESPN, ESPN2 and other networks that carry NCAA division games like SEC Network, FS1 and FS2.

YouTube TV works with Apple TV, Roku and Android TV devices. It is not supported by Fire TV or Fire Stick because of its ongoing dispute with Amazon. If you own a Fire TV device, you need to look elsewhere to live stream ESPNU.

YouTube TV has focused on having local channels including CBS, FOX and NBC in just about every market in the U.S. You can try out YouTube TV free for a week.

ESPNU live stream on fuboTV

fuboTV now carries ESPNU in its Sports add-on channel bundle.

A fuboTV subscription has 100+ sports channels, including regional sports channels. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ACC Network.

Entertainment channels such as Bravo and Hallmark Channel are included. A subscription to fuboTV costs $59.99 per month. The sports add-on is another $10.99 per month.

You can watch ESPNU and your other channels on Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV and even a smart phone. 

fuboTV has a free 7-day trial for new customers.


ESPN+ does not carry any programming from ESPN or its sibling networks available on cable TV, live streaming or satellite TV services.  It’s a supplemental service by ESPN Networks that carries live college football, basketball and other sports.

To watch ESPN+, you just sign up for a subscription (which costs $5.99 per month), and watch through the ESPN app.

What’s the best way to live stream ESPNU without cable?

I just threw a bunch of options at you, so let’s recap and narrow down your choices a bit.

Hulu with Live TV is the best deal for most people because you’ll be able to live stream ESPNU and watch 65+ other networks. Hulu carries ESPN, Big Ten Network, and most of the entertainment networks you’re used to having as a Comcast or Spectrum TV subscriber. So you don’t have to worry about missing a game because the channel you need isn’t in the lineup. You’ll also get 50 hours of Cloud DVR and unlimited access to Hulu’s on-demand library. Get a free 7-day trial, or look over Hulu’s Live TV channel lineup, and see what you think.

Sling TV is my runner-up pick because you can put together a solid package of channels including ESPNU, ESPN, Big Ten Network and some entertainment networks like AMC for about $30 per month. Remember you’ll need to add the Sports Extra bundle to get ESPNU. Sling TV has a free 7-day trial.

So how are you going to live stream ESPNU without cable? Tell fellow readers in the comments below.

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