30 for 30: How to Watch Every Episode (Updated Guide)
The best way to watch most episodes of 30 for 30 is through ESPN+.
ESPN+ costs just $4.99 per month — less than a movie rental. It essentially upgrades your existing your ESPN app with hundreds of live sporting events and original shows every month.
Once you sign up, you just need to head over to the ESPN app and enter your account information. For the purposes of streaming 30 for 30 episodes with a cable TV subscription, you have three decent options.
3 Options: 30 for 30 Episodes
- New and old episodes: ESPN+ ($5 per month)
- The Disney+ Bundle: ESPN+, Disney+ and Hulu ($12.99 per month)
- 30 for 30 Premieres: Use a live TV streaming service to watch ESPN live
The concept behind 30 for 30 spawned from ESPN 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.
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.
Can I watch ’30 for 30′ on Netflix or Hulu?
You won’t find any episodes of 30 for 30 on Netflix or Hulu’s on-demand service.
If you’re looking for a new 30 for 30 series or single episode, be aware that ESPN recently made some changes.
New episodes of 30 for 30 premiere on ESPN’s channel that you’ll find on cable TV or a live TV streaming service.
Almost immediately after the premiere, you’ll find them on ESPN+.
That includes the latest three series set for May and early June: LANCE, Be Water and Long Gone Summer. So if you can wait a day or so after the premiere, then an ESPN+ subscription is the cheapest option to watch new episodes.
If you absolutely need to see an episode when it premieres, then you can live stream ESPN, or watch the old fashioned way on cable TV or satellite. Jump down to the section covering live TV streaming options to find out what streaming services carry ESPN. Looking for a particular episode?
Jump down to the 30 for 30 episode list for a sampling of what’s on ESPN+.
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!
What’s on ESPN+?
ESPN+ is a streaming service that focuses on live sports such as UFC, MLB, NHL and original documentaries.
It’s not a replacement for ESPN or any of its sibling networks that you can find on a traditional cable TV or satellite TV package. Subscribing to Comcast or another cable or satellite TV package won’t help you get it. It’s really a service borne out of the streaming and cord cutting era.
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 days 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.
Watch 30 for 30 Online through Hulu with Live TV
Hulu with Live TV is my top pick for watching a new 30 for 30 episode when it premieres.
ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3 is part of the 65+ channels in Hulu’s 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. Hulu has a free trial for new customers.
Sling TV: Watch new episodes of 30 for 30
Sling TV’s Orange plan is the cheapest way to get ESPN at $30 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.
Vidgo: Stream new 30 for 30 episodes on ESPN
Vidgo is a pre-paid live TV service, which has 68+ live TV channels. The entry-level subscription costs for $40 per month.
Vidgo carries A&E, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, and a number of entertainment channels. There are also standalone Latino channel bundles. New customers are eligible for a free 7-day trial.
But you’ll need to set a reminder and cancel before the trial is over if you don’t want to get billed.
You can look over the channel lineup before deciding whether its a good fit. Vidgo works on all major streaming devices, including Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV products. It also works on iPhones and Android smart phones. If you watch on a mobile phone, you can also
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 costs $49.99 per month and 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 — whether its on your TV or online using a PC or smartphone. A subscription to ESPN+ is super cheap at $4.99 per month, and it’s easy to sign up.
New episodes of 30 for 30 premiere on ESPN, but now move to ESPN+ right after that.
You can scroll down through the summary of originals shows and live sports covered by ESPN+ before signing up.
Just about any streaming device or smartphone can be used to watch 30 for 30 episodes through ESPN+. That includes a smartphone, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, PCs and even game consoles.
The Disney+ Bundle includes ESPN+, Disney+ and Hulu’s on-demand service for $12.99 per month. It’s a runner-up option for families or people who may already subscribe to Hulu or Disney+.
Need to see a 30 for 30 when it premieres on live TV?
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 $54.99 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.
So what’s your favorite 30 for 30 episode? Tell fellow readers in the comments below.
30 for 30 Episode List on ESPN+
At the moment, ESPN+ has more than 250 episodes available for streaming. Below is a sample list that I’ve put together. There are dozens more not listed here.
- 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 Parts 1-3
- 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)