Quick Look: WatchESPN offers free clips and live sports broadcasts - but the live broadcasts are available only to those who already subscribe to a cable TV package that includes ESPN. Short video clips are available in the categories of Latest News, Must See Moments, and ESPN Originals. You can also browse content by channel: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN U, ESPN News, and ESPN Deportes.
Live broadcasts depend, of course, on whatever games are being played when you tune in, but you'll also have live access to ESPN's flagship program, SportsCenter, and other programs such as College GameDay.
The following cable TV networks currently (July 13, 2014) allow their subscribers to access WatchESPN over their Roku devices (participating providers may change - check the channel on your Roku device for a current list):
- AT&T U-verse® TV
- BEK TV
- Bright House Networks
- Comcast Xfinity
- Google Fiber
- Midcontinent Communications
- Time Warner Cable
- Verizon FiOS TV
- Yadtel Telecom
- The Walt Disney Company
Noticeably absent is DirecTV .
To access live programming, load the WatchESPN channel on your Roku and select a live event. You will be provided with a code and asked to visit http://es.pn/roku on a computer or mobile device. On that website, enter the activitation 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 November 12, 2013
Developer's Channel Description: The free WatchESPN app lets you keep up with your sports anytime, anywhere. Watch live games and studio shows with 24/7 access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNews and ESPN Deportes. You can also watch on-demand clips of the latest news and highlights.
CHANNEL STORE CATEGORY: Sports
FEES: None, but live programming requires that you subscribe to a participating cable TV provider's package that includes ESPN