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How to watch ESPN Plus on Roku

ESPN Plus on Roku TV
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ESPN Plus is the streaming service for the "worldwide leader in sports," ESPN, while Roku is one of the most popular streaming platforms in the world. So what do you need to do to be able to watch ESPN Plus on Roku?

The ESPN Plus streaming service gives subscribers access to live sports for the NBA, NHL, MLB, college football, college basketball, PGA, La Liga and more, as well as its own slate of original programming and the ESPN 30 for 30 library of sports documentaries. Consumers can sign up for ESPN Plus as either a standalone service, as part of the Disney Bundle or via Hulu with Live TV.

Roku, meanwhile, is a streaming platform that is available via Roku devices — like the Roku Ultra, Roku Express or Roku Streaming Stick — or as its own kind of TV from manufacturers like TCL, Philips, JVC, Hitachi and more.

Just as there are a couple of methods to get either ESPN Plus and Roku, there are a couple of different ways to start watching ESPN Plus on Roku. Here’s what you need to know.

How to watch ESPN Plus on Roku

The first way is if you are already signed up for ESPN Plus. Here are the steps you need to follow: 

  1. Start the ESPN app (free) on your Roku device 
  2. Select "Settings" 
  3. Select "Video Subscriptions" 
  4. Select "ESPN+"
  5. Select "Log In"
  6. Enter the presented activation code at ESPN.com/activate (opens in new tab) on a computer or mobile browser
  7. Login to an existing ESPN account or create a new one 

This will link your ESPN Plus subscription to your Roku device, as well as make your account available to use on any other supported device.

You can also subscribe to ESPN Plus directly through a Roku device. To do this, you will follow the same steps to get the ESPN app on your Roku device. You can then either sign up by selecting the ESPN Plus app in the top section, or going through "Settings" and "Video Subscriptions." If you have your Roku PayPin set up then you can easily pay for ESPN Plus with that. 

And just like that, you can start to enjoy the exclusive live sports streams and other ESPN Plus content through your Roku device.

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun.