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How to watch ESPN Plus on your TV

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ESPN Plus is a standalone sports streaming service from the self-proclaimed worldwide sports leader, offering live sports, original programming and documentaries all its own. But how can you start watching ESPN Plus on your TV? 

ESPN Plus lives inside the ESPN app, which also has programming from their cable channels and website. The live sports available on ESPN Plus range from NFL to college football, the other kind of futbol, college basketball, MLB, NHL, the PGA, rugby, MMA, boxing, cricket — if there's a sport and it's in season, there's a good chance you can watch it live on ESPN Plus. ESPN Plus also has exclusive rights for entire leagues, like MLS in the United States.

ESPN Plus is more than just live sports. It also has any number of exclusive scripted shows, most notably Peyton's Places, with the Hall of Fame NFL quarterback. You'll also get access to a number of ESPN proper shows as well.

If you want to watch ESPN Plus (opens in new tab) content on your TV, you'll need to understand how to navigate to that special content. The ESPN app is available on Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox, the Roku platforms, smart TVs and in web browsers, too, but the navigation is largely the same on every one of them.

How to watch ESPN Plus on your TV

  1. Open the ESPN App on your streaming device. If it's not yet installed, get it from your device app or channel store
  2. Highlight the settings gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen
  3. Click to enter the settings menu
  4. Open Account Information
  5. Choose "Login to ESPN Account" to see your activation code
  6. Visit es.pn/activate (opens in new tab) on your phone, tablet or PC
  7. Follow the directions on the site to login with your ESPN Plus account
  8. Your TV will confirm when you've successfully linked your account
  9. Back on the ESPN TV App main screen, select ESPN Plus

Now your TV is all set up to watch ESPN Plus content. The ESPN Plus section has live content and original shows including documentaries all waiting for you. Just select the ESPN Plus section each time you open the app to see what's new.

If your streaming device doesn't have an ESPN app, you have options. If you have a Chromecast, you can cast ESPN Plus from your phone to your TV. If you have an older Apple TV, you can use AirPlay ESPN Plus from your iPhone to your TV. Or you can pick up a new streaming device that can run the ESPN app. Make sure to stop back after for help getting everything set up.

ESPN Plus is a great option to stream sports outside of a bundle. You will need to have a subscription to watch ESPN Plus sports and shows on your TV. 

But if you do have an interest in bundling, ESPN Plus has that too, as it is part of the Disney Bundle, pairing it with Disney Plus and Hulu for a single monthly fee of $13.99. ESPN Plus is also now a standard feature of the Hulu with Live TV streaming service.

ESPN Plus supported TVs

Here are all the supported devices that allow you to watch ESPN Plus directly on your TV:

  • Android TV
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Apple TV
  • Facebook Portal TV
  • Roku
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Xfinity XClass, Flex, X1

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.