Quick Look: The ESPN channel on Roku is a replacement for the former WatchESPN app, adding the ESPN+ subscription service to an app already filled with sports content. The ESPN channel on Roku features live ESPN TV programming along with 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 pay TV package that includes ESPN, including the Sling TV Orange package. And those who subscribe to ESPN+ have access to that content as well.
The ESPN app opens on Featured content, which pushes the ESPN+ subscription service. You'll find Live content followed by the categories Exlusively on ESPN+ and Upcoming Live on ESPN+. There are several additional categories, which will change with the sports seasons, and Top Videos.
ESPN+ subscribers can jump directly to that content from the menu bar at the top of the home screen. Don't expect any free previews here, though - all videos are marked as being locked for non-subscribers.
If you aren't an ESPN+ subscriber and you don't get ESPN through a participating pay TV provider, then you'll want to go straight to the Browse selection in the menu bar. From there you can browse by sport, or select one of the ESPN channels for current and upcoming live programming. Content is currently available from over two dozen sports networks. In addition to the primary channels - ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNews, and ESPN Deportes - you can also stream programming from regional networks that include SEC Network, SEC Network +, Longhorn Network, and ACC Network Extra.
As noted above, all Roku users can watch video clips without authenticating, but to watch live programming and full-length replays you will need to subscribe to a participating pay TV service. As of April 2018, the following major services, in addition to a whole host of local and regional providers, allow their subscribers to access the ESPN app on their Roku devices:
- AT&T U-verse
- DirecTV NOW
- Frontier Communications
- Sling TV
If your provider isn't listed above, visit http://es.pn/roku 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. That means that Sling TV subscribers can authenticate ESPN only if they have the Orange package, which includes ESPN.
To access live programming, load the ESPN app on your Roku, select the gear icon on menu bar at the top of the home screen, and select the Provider Account option. Click "Watch Live TV" and 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 code and select your TV provider. (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 logging in to your pay TV provider account, the Roku channel will automatically update to provide access.
-Information is current as of April 20, 2018
Developer's Channel Description: The ESPN app for Roku brings you the live sports and shows you care most about as well as on-demand news, highlights and analysis. Get it now to stream thousands of live events including:
•NFL - Monday Night Football
•College Football - regular season, bowl games, and the College Football Playoff
•Basketball - NBA regular season, The Playoffs and The NBA Finals, as well as NCAA men's and women's basketball
•Baseball - MLB regular season, NCAA men's baseball, NCAA women's softball
•Golf - The Masters
•Soccer - UEFA Euro and MLS
•Tennis - Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open
•ESPN Shows - SportsCenter, PTI, First Take, SportsNation, NBA: The Jump, and more!
The ESPN family of networks includes: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, SEC Network, SEC Network +, ESPNews, ESPN Deportes, Longhorn Network, ACC Network Extra, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, and ESPN Bases Loaded. Access to these networks is available to fans who receive their Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.
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CHANNEL STORE CATEGORY: Sports
FEES: None, but a subscription to ESPN+ and a participating pay TV provider with service that includes ESPN is required for full access.