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Quick Look: The WatchESPN channel on Roku features live ESPN TV programming and live sporting events and full replays, sports news, clips and game highlights. Clips and highlights are available to all Roku viewers, but live TV, live events and full replays are available only to those who already subscribe to a cable or satellite TV package that includes ESPN, including the Sling TV Orange package.

WatchESPN on Roku lists current live TV shows, live and replay sporting events, news clips, "Must See Moments," and ESPN Originals videos. From the home screen you can also browse by sport and by channel. Content is currently available from 26 channels. In addition to the primary channels - ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNews, and ESPN Deportes, you'll find 19 regional networks such as SEC ESPN Network, Longhorn Network, Big South Conference, and Sun Belt Conference.

As of October 2016, the following major cable and satellite TV providers allow their subscribers to access WatchESPN over their Roku devices, but a whole host of local regional providers also participate:

  • AT&T U-verse
  • Bright House Networks
  • Charter
  • Comcast XFINITY
  • Cox
  • DISH
  • DirecTV
  • Google Fiber
  • Midcontinent Communications
  • Optimum
  • Sling TV
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Verizon FiOS TV

If your provider isn't listed above, visit for a full list of current participants, but remember that your subscription must include ESPN in order for you to be able to authenticate the channel.

To access live programming, load the WatchESPN channel on your Roku, scroll to the bottom of the home screen, 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, select your TV provider and 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 - codes expire after a short period of time.) 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 October 4, 2016

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.WatchESPN is available to fans who receive ESPN as part of their TV package.

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FEES: None, but subscription to a participating cable or satellite TV provider with service that includes ESPN is required to access live TV, live sporting events, and full event replays.

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WatchESPN Roku Screenshot

WatchESPN Roku Screenshot