This guide outlines how you can watch ESPN’s 30 for 30 on a TV, a web browser or streaming device such as a Roku or Google Chromecast.
Table of Contents
- How to Watch Every Episode of ESPN’s 30 for 30
- Stream episodes on ESPN+
- Can I watch 30 for 30 on Netflix, Disney+ or Hulu?
- How the series started
- Watching 30 for 30 on a TV
- What else is on ESPN+?
- What’s the best way to watch ESPN’s 30 for 30?
How to Watch Every Episode of ESPN’s 30 for 30
The full library of ESPN’s documentary series 30 for 30 is now on ESPN+. The streaming service costs $9.99 per month and works within the ESPN app. You can also find a few episodes of 30 for 30 on Disney+.
ESPN+ is available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV devices such as Google Chromecast with Google TV.
Stream episodes on ESPN+
The best way to watch ESPN’s documentary series 30 for 30 is through ESPN+.
It’s the cheapest option at $9.99 per month. And 30 for 30 episodes are beginning to premiere exclusively on ESPN+ instead of the cable TV.
You can expect more premieres and originals in 2022. The good news is that ESPN+ costs about the same as a movie rental, but you get a lot more than a single movie.
It upgrades your existing ESPN app with hundreds of live college football, NCAA basketball, NFL and MLB games. There are original shows such as Peyton’s Places and Stephen A’s World. And it’s your portal for when you want to watch a UFC fight that’s designated as a pay-per-view event.
Once you sign up for ESPN+ online, you just need to head over to the ESPN app and enter your account information.
You do have more than one option for streaming 30 for 30 episodes without a cable TV subscription.
You can still buy individual 30 for 30 episodes on Amazon Prime and elsewhere. An individual episode on Amazon Prime costs $3. A full season is $40.
If you’re already subscribing to Hulu or Disney+, then adding ESPN+ through a Disney bundle saves you some cash.
Can I watch 30 for 30 on Netflix, Disney+ or Hulu?
You won’t find any episodes of 30 for 30 on Netflix. There was a time when 30 for 30 resided on Netflix, but that ended soon after the debut of ESPN+. There are now a few episodes of 30 for 30 on Disney+. But there are no episodes currently on Hulu.
How the series started
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 free fall after his first-degree murder trial. The five-part series won an Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Jump down to the 30 for 30 episode list for a sampling of what’s on ESPN+.
Watching 30 for 30 on a TV
The ESPN app is on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast with Google TV and Smart TVs that have an ESPN app. Follow these steps to start streaming 30 for 30 episodes within the ESPN app.
- Sign up online for an ESPN+ subscription.
- Download the ESPN app to a Smart TV or streaming device.
- Use SETTINGS, select ESPN account for an activation code
- Using a web browser, go to espn.com/activate
- Enter activation code
- Start watching ESPN+
You can also watch ESPN+ on a PC, iPhone and tablet by signing into your account.
What else is on ESPN+?
ESPN+ live streams exclusive coverage of hundreds of college football and NCAA basketball games. You can also watch NHL games and MLB games.
It’s not a replacement for ESPN, ESPN2 or any of its sibling networks that you can find on a traditional cable TV or satellite TV package. But it does offer a cheaper alternative borne out of the streaming and cord-cutting era.
ESPN+ has 30 for 30 episodes, live UFC, college football and MLB games.
What’s the best way to watch ESPN’s 30 for 30?
ESPN+ is the best place to watch 30 for 30 episodes — whether it’s on your TV or online using a PC or smartphone. A subscription to ESPN+ is super cheap at $9.99 per month, and it’s easy to sign up.
New episodes of 30 for 30 are starting to premiere on ESPN+. If they don’t, then you will see them on ESPN+ pretty quickly after that — most of the time in a matter of hours.
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+.
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)
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