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Is there an ESPN Plus free trial?

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Designed specifically to stream live sports, ESPN Plus is a popular service for sports fans in the US. Though reasonably priced at $6.99 per month compared to other streaming service, prospective subscribers may be wondering if they can try before they buy. So, is there an ESPN Plus free trial?

Unfortunately, no. Although there was a seven-day free trial available for new ESPN Plus subscribers when the service initially launched in 2018, no free trial has been available for the streaming service since 2020.

So, if you want to sign up for ESPN Plus directly to stream live action from the MLB, NHL, UFC, college football, PGA Tour, La Liga and more without the need for a cable subscription, as well as have access to ESPN Plus original series and the library of 30 for 30 documentaries, you are going to need to put some money down first.

However, just because a free trial for ESPN Plus is not available doesn't mean you can't save on the streaming service.

How to save on ESPN Plus

ESPN+ with Disney Plus and Hulu bundle

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ESPN Plus on its own is great. But ESPN Plus as part of the Disney Bundle is even better. Here's how it works:

Instead of getting just ESPN Plus, you'll get all the content on that service, plus Hulu and Disney Plus, all for $13.99 a month (opens in new tab). That's all three services for the price of two. 

Broken down, ESPN Plus will set you back $6.99 a month, while Disney Plus costs $7.99 a month and Hulu is $6.99 a month, or without ads for a rate of $12.99 a month. Combined, that totals $21.97 (or $27.97 without ads).

Where things really get interesting is if you add Hulu with Live TV into the mix. For $72.99 a month you get ESPN Plus, Disney Plus and Hulu With Live TV — which also still includes the on-demand content available on Hulu. That's just $7 more a month than if you were to get the live TV package on its own. And that's a really tough deal to pass up, especially when you're getting the biggest live TV streaming service in the process.

How to get a cheap(er) ESPN Plus subscription

If you're just in it for the sport, you can save on ESPN Plus by making the most of its annual plan. While its rolling monthly subscription will set you back $6.99 a month (still incredibly good value), sign up for a year and it'll cost a one-off payment of $69.99 (opens in new tab). Essentially, this is a saving of more than 15% — for sporting fans this is your best bet, getting you 12 months for the price of 10.

How to sign up for ESPN Plus

  1. Visit the ESPN Plus  website (opens in new tab) .
  2. Click either the Get the Disney Bundle or Subscribe to ESPN Plus only button.
  3. Create an account by filling in your details
  4. Or scroll and click Log In if you've already got an account
  5. Enter your payment information, including credit card and billing information, or choose to link to PayPal. Click Buy ESPN Plus.
  6. Check the information to make sure it is correct and that you have selected the correct plan for you. ESPN Plus will show you how much you will be billed, and when it will renew.
  7. You will see a Success page if everything is done correctly.
  8. Click Get Started to start watching ESPN Plus

Congratulations. You're now signed up for ESPN Plus. There may not be a free trial, but you can watch as much as you want in the first month, for only $6.99. 

Remember to check back before the end of the month, if you decide to send it to the locker room and cancel ESPN Plus. Otherwise, stick around and enjoy some of the best live sports streaming anywhere.

Roy Delgado is a freelance writer for WhatToWatch. His focus is streaming, specializing on sports. He binge-streams 32 games over the first two days of NCAA March Madness annually. He built his own DVR 15 years ago, and still tinkers to make his media setup its best. 

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