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How to watch ESPN online with a VPN

Use a VPN to live stream ESPN* games securely wherever you are, and enjoy even more sports programming when you subscribe to ESPN+. Watch ESPN online privately, free from blackouts or ISP throttling.

With ExpressVPN and an internet-only streaming service, you can even watch ESPN without cable!

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Watch ESPN with a VPN.

Use a VPN to watch live sports on ESPN in 3 steps

Step 1

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Step 2

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Connect to a secure server location in the U.S.

Step 3

ESPN unblocked on phone, laptop, or tablet.

Log in to your ESPN account and stream from anywhere!

A VPN lets you access ESPN+, ESPN3, and all other ESPN services anywhere

How to watch ESPN without cable or satellite

It’s easy to watch ESPN online, but you will need to supply your pay-TV credentials to access most of the core channels. To get ESPN without cable, sign up for an internet-only cord-cutting service like Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, or AT&T TV Now. These services don’t require long-term contracts or a physical cable or satellite hookup. Many even offer no-charge trial periods, so you can watch ESPN for free—for a few weeks, at least.  

Best of all, these services are fully compatible with ExpressVPN. To ensure the smoothest viewing experience, just sign up while connected to the U.S. server location closest to you.

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Get the fastest speeds for ESPN streams

There’s nothing worse than streaming a live game and having the video buffer just as your favorite team is about to score.

ExpressVPN’s apps for Windows and Mac feature a VPN Speed Test that tests the latency and download speed of each VPN server location and ranks them by Speed Index.

To find the fastest VPN server location for streaming ESPN online, run the Speed Test and choose the U.S. server location with the highest Speed Index.

Learn more about streaming speeds and the VPN Speed Test.

ESPN.com vs. ESPN+ vs. ESPN3 vs. WatchESPN

ESPN.com and the ESPN app offer all the core ESPN channels available through your pay-TV subscription. Just supply the credentials you use for your cord-cutting service or cable/satellite provider.

ESPN+ is an over-the-top streaming service that launched in 2018. It’s an add-on subscription to ESPN’s core networks, featuring original programming and exclusive broadcasts of sports including the UFC.

ESPN3, previously ESPN360, is an online streaming service. ESPN3 is available to customers who receive their high-speed internet connection or cable television subscription from an affiliated service provider. Certain sports that were once available on ESPN3 have been moved to ESPN+.

WatchESPN was a streaming service and app that provided simulcasts for ESPN channels like ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, ESPN Deportes, and the SEC Network. It’s now been folded into the main ESPN site.

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* ExpressVPN is a VPN service not intended to be used as a means of copyright circumvention. Please read the ExpressVPN Terms of Service and ESPN Terms of Use for more details.

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