30 for 30: How to Watch Every Episode (2019 Update)
The best way to watch most episodes of 30 for 30 is through ESPN+.
The streaming service became the exclusive home for 30 for 30 episodes last year, and maintains roughly 100 episodes. (See the ESPN+ 30 for 30 episode list below.)
If you’re looking for the new 30 for 30 episode covering the life and career of Dennis Rodman, then you need to jump down to the section covering live TV streaming options.
What’s on ESPN+?
Understand that ESPN+ isn’t a replacement for ESPN or any of its sibling networks that you can find on a traditional cable TV or satellite TV package. And having a cable or satellite TV package won’t help you get it.
ESPN+ costs just $4.99 per month — less than a movie rental. Once you sign up, you just need to head over to the ESPN app and enter your account information.
Aside from being dirt cheap, a subscription gives you a lot more than just a place to watch OJ: Made in America. ESPN+ airs exclusive coverage of 300 live college football games across 12 conferences.
It also live streams MLB games daily, FIBA Basketball Wolrd Cup and UFC events. So it’s a pretty good deal, considering what you get.
For a more detailed breakdown at what airs live on ESPN+, you can look at the upcoming schedule that offers a breakdown of coverage weeks in advance.
You will be able to watch 30 for 30 online and live sports that are covered by ESPN+ pretty much anywhere. Hop onto your PC, iPhone, or watch the old school way on your TV using a Roku, Chromecast, PS4, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV.
Watching 30 for 30 without cable and what’s changed
The concept behind 30 for 30 spawned from the network celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2009.
The series started by focusing on notable sporting events that happened between 1979 and 2009. The other “30” in the series noted these were 30 films from Hollywood’s most notable directors and producers.
John Singleton, Spike Jones and Peter Berg are just a few of the recognizable directors who participated early on.
Of course, 30 for 30 grew in popularity for its sometimes dark and gritty look into life of professional and college sports. O.J.: Made In America is seen as a definitive work on covering the storied football stars career, and his career free fall after his first-degree murder trial. The five-part series won an Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Earlier this year, a 30 for 30 episode took on lighter fare with The Good, The Bad, The Hungry. The episode focused on the longstanding rivalry between Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi at the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Watch 30 for 30 On Demand
You used to be able to find most episodes of 30 for 30 on streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.
But those days are over.
You can still buy individual episodes on Amazon Prime and elsewhere. But the value proposition is fairly low. An individual episode of 30 for 30 on Amazon Prime costs $3. A full season is $40!
I already use the ESPN app pretty regularly, so adding an ESPN+ subscription is basically upgrading the app that I already use.
30 for 30 Episode List on ESPN+
At the moment, ESPN+ lists roughly 100 episodes available for streaming, which are listed below. Of course, there are dozens more. If you already subscribe to a live TV service, you’ll can find more recent episodes on demand.
- Kings Ransom
- The Band That Wouldn’t Die
- Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?
- Muhammad and Larry
- Without Bias
- The Legend of Jimmy the Greek
- The U
- Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks
- Guru of Go
- No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson
- Silly Little Game
- Run Ricky Run
- The 16th Man
- Straight Outta L.A.
- June 17th, 1994
- The Two Escobars
- The Birth of Big Air
- Jordan Rides the Bus
- Little Big Men
- One Night In Vegas (Not available.)
- The House of Steinbrenner
- Into the Wind
- Four Days in October
- Once Brothers
- Tim Richmond: To The Limit
- Fernando Nation
- Marion Jones: Press Pause
- The Best That Never Was
- Pony Excess
- The Fab Five
- Catching Hell
- The Dotted Line
- The Real Rocky
- Roll Tide/War Eagle
- The Marinovich Project
- The Announcement
- There’s No Place Like Home
- Ghosts of Ole Miss
- You Don’t Know Bo
- Survive and Advance
- Elway to Marino
- Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau
- Free Spirits
- No Mas
- Big Shot
- This is What They Want
- Bernie and Ernie
- Youngstown Boys
- The Price of Gold
- Requiem for the Big East
- Bad Boys
- Slaying the Badger
- Playing for the Mob
- The Day The Series Stopped
- When The Garden Was Eden
- Brian And The Boz
- Brothers In Exile
- Rand University
- The U: Part 2
- Of Miracles and Men
- I Hate Christian Laettner
- Sole Man
- Angry Sky
- Trojan War
- The Prince of Pennsylvania
- The Gospel According To Mac
- Chasing Tyson
- Four Falls of Buffalo
- The ’85 Bears
- Fantastic Lies
- This Magic Moment
- Doc & Darryl
- Phi Slama Jama
- Hit It Hard
- Catholics vs. Convicts
- This Was The XFL
- One and Not Done
- Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies Part 1
- Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies Part 2
- Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies Part 3
- Mike and the Mad Dog
- George Best: All By Himself
- What Carter Lost
- Year of the Scab
- Nature Boy
- The Two Bills
- Last Days of Knight
- 42 to 1
- Deion’s Double Play
- The Dominican Dream
- O.J.: Made in America (5 parts)
How to Stream Rodman: For Better or Worse, 30 for 30
Like I said earlier, ESPN+ is not a replacement for ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPN3.
So if you want to see a new 30 for 30 episode like Rodman: For Better or Worse, you’ll need a live TV service. The Rodman episode has been airing on ESPN and ESPN2.
I missed it when it first aired, so I’m watching it on demand through the ESPN app. To do this, you can use a Hulu with Live TV account or credentials from another live TV service (like Sling TV, AT&T TV Now or YouTube TV) to activate the ESPN app.
Watch 30 for 30 Online through Hulu with Live TV
Hulu with Live TV is my top pick for watching Rodman: For Better or Worse because you get a lot for the price.
ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3 is part of the 65+ channels in the Live TV bundle. The channel lineup has local NBC, ABC and CBS stations. And you’ll get premium entertainment networks such as HGTV, National Geographic and Travel Channel.
Subscribing to Hulu’s Live TV plan lets you activate about 38 apps, which pulls in more live streams, on-demand movies and TV shows. A subscription comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR and access to Hulu’s on-demand library. It’s the same on-demand library that people pay $5.99 per month for.
Hulu’s Live TV service works with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku and smartphones and Nintendo Switch.
You can see what local channels and regional sports networks are available in your area before you decide whether to sign up. Just enter your zip code when prompted.
Watch Rodman: For Better or Worse with Sling TV
Sling TV’s Orange plan is the cheapest way to get ESPN at $25 per month.
The Orange bundle carries 34 live TV channels including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, A&E and TBS. For another $5, you’ll get 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage for recordings.
This is basically the O.G. of streaming services because it’s been around the longest. It works on every major streaming device: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV (Fire Sticks) and Android TV devices.
Sling TV offers a free 7-day trial.
AT&T TV Now: Stream new 30 for 30 episodes
AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) carries ESPN in its Plus channel package. The Plus bundle has HBO, NBC, CBS, FS1 and A&E. There are 45+ channels and 20 hours of Cloud DVR.
A subscription costs $50 per month. AT&T TV Now lets you try their service free for a week.
Watch new 30 for 30 episodes on PlayStation Vue
PlayStation Vue has ESPN on its entry-level channel bundle, which costs $49.99 per month.
You can live stream about 48+ channels, and tap into on-demand shows using a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV devices, and of course, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
PlayStation Vue offers a free 5-day trial.
30 for 30 episodes live and on-demand: YouTube TV
YouTube TV has 75+ channels including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN 3, ESPNU and ESPNews. You’ll get local ABC, CBS and NBC stations along with entertainment networks such as TNT and AMC.
Create up to six profiles for customizing menus and channel lineups. Unlimited Cloud DVR is included. YouTube TV works with Roku, Apple TV and Android TV devices. Currently, YouTube TV is not supported by Amazon Fire TV.
YouTube TV offers a free 7-day trial.
How can you watch 30 for 30 online?
Let’s recap things really quick.
ESPN+ is the place to watch 30 for 30 online. A subscription to ESPN+ is super cheap at $4.99 per month, and it’s easy to sign up. You can scroll through the summary of live sports covered by ESPN+ before signing up.
You can use just about any device to watch 30 for 30 episodes online or live sports carried by ESPN+. That includes a smartphone, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, PCs and even game consoles.
For a brand new episode of 30 for 30, you need a live TV streaming service.
My top pick is Hulu with Live TV because you get 65+ live TV channels, 50 hours of Cloud DVR, and the massive on-demand library of movies and TV shows for $44.99 per month.
It’s the same on-demand library people already pay $5.99 per month for. You can activate 38 apps with your subscription, including the ESPN app for current shows and sporting events.
You can look over the channel lineup in your area.
So what’s your favorite 30 for 30 episode? What do you think of Rodman: For Better or Worse? Tell fellow readers in the comments below. For more tips on streaming, head over to the main page of The Cord Cutting Report.