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WatchESPN Quick Look: WatchESPN features video clips and live sports broadcasts to those who already subscribe to a cable or satellite TV package that includes ESPN. The channel used to offer free clips to all Roku viewers, but ESPN now requires a valid TV subscription to access any content.

Live events on WatchESPN include NBA regular season and playoff games, Major League Baseball, The Masters and The Open championships, college football and basketball, Grand Slam tennis, and thousands more live events that air on the ESPN networks.

ESPN shows on WatchESPN include SportsCenter, PTI, Mike & Mike, SportsNation, and Baseball Tonight.

The following national cable and satellite TV providers currently (September 15, 2015) allow their subscribers to access WatchESPN over their Roku devices, but hundreds more local and regional providers also participate (providers may change - check the channel on your Roku device for a current list or visit

  • AT&T U-verse® TV
  • BEK TV
  • Bright House Networks
  • Charter Spectrum
  • Comcast Xfinity
  • Cox
  • Dish
  • DISH
  • Midcontinent Communications
  • Optimum
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Verizon FiOS TV

To access live programming, load the WatchESPN channel on your Roku and select the option to Activate Live TV. You will be provided with a code and asked to visit on a computer or mobile device. On that website, enter the activation code shown on your Roku-connected TV. (If you're told that the code is invalid, return to your Roku and select the option for a new code.) After entering a valid code, you will be redirected to your cable TV provider's website, where you will have to login. After successfully logging in, your Roku will automatically update to give you access to live broadcasts.

-- Information is current as of September 21, 2015

Developer's Channel Description: Accessing your favorite live sports and shows from ESPN is now easier than ever with WatchESPN. WatchESPN brings you 24/7 live programming from your favorite ESPN networks, including: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, SEC Network, SEC Network +, ESPNews, ESPN Deportes, Longhorn Network, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, and ESPN Bases Loaded.

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FEES: None, but subscription to a participating cable or satellite TV provider's package that includes ESPN is required.

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