ESPN is a popular streaming app for live sports events and sports-related content. It offers live updates of games, short clippings, highlights, and special coverage programs. It is compatible with Android, iOS, Firestick, Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast. ESPN is available for free in the Roku Channel Store. Let’s discuss the steps to watch ESPN on Roku.

ESPN on Roku

Features of ESPN

  • ESPN app includes ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNews, ESPN Deportes, SEC Network, ACC Network Extra, ESPN Buzzer Beater, and all other available channels of ESPN.
  • It has complete live coverage of all sporting events, highlights, short clips and replays.
  • This app streams MLB, NFL, NBA, UEFA euro, MLS, bowl games, Tennis, golf and college football and basketball leagues.
  • It has own sports shows and the ESPN Shows are SportsCenter, PTI, First Take, Sportsnation and NBA: The Jump.
  • It has its original documentaries or docuseries like 30 for 30 and the Last dance.
  • Additionally, it has UFC Night Fight streaming only through PPV (pay per view).

Pricing of ESPN Subscription

The ESPN has only paid subscription model and the subscription costs $ 5.99 per month. The Annual subscription has a discounted price and it costs $ 49.99 per year.

How to add ESPN to Roku?

Step 1: Launch Roku device and go to the Home screen.

Step 2: Scroll down and select Streaming Channels in the menu.

Select Streaming Channels on Roku
Streaming Channels

Step 3: Select Search in the Roku Channel Store and enter ESPN using remote.

Step 4: Click Add Channel to get ESPN on Roku and select OK.

Add ESPN channel on Roku
Add Channel

Step 5: Open ESPN from My Channels in Home screen.

ESPN on Roku

How to activate ESPN on Roku?

You can activate ESPN on Roku either by using ESPN+ subscription or by using TV service provider subscription.

Activation by ESPN+ subscription

Step 1: Open ESPN app on your device and select the Settings menu (Gear icon) at the top.

Select Settings in ESPN
Settings Icon

Step 2: Select Subscriptions and click ESPN+.

Select Subscriptions - ESPN on Roku

Step 3: Select Log In and an activation code appears on the screen.

Step 4: Visit ESPN official site and enter the activation code. Select Continue.

enter the activation code
Activate Device

Step 5: Log in with the ESPN account credentials and it will activate the ESPN on your device.

Activation by TV service provider subscription

Step 1: Open the ESPN app on Roku and select the settings (Gear icon) at the top.

Step 2: Select Provider Account and click Watch Live TV. (This method is applicable only if you have a valid TV service provider subscription.)

Step 3: Click Activate Live TV and an activation code appears on the screen.

Activation code appears on Roku - ESPN on Roku
Note this code

Step 4: Go to ESPN site in your mobile or PC and enter the activation code. Click Continue.

Step 5: Select TV service provider and sign in the TV provider account. This will activate the ESPN on Roku.

Sign in TV provider credentials

Alternative ways to watch ESPN on Roku

You can watch ESPN through streaming apps like Sling TV and the streaming apps have a huge collection of live channels with a monthly subscription.

Sling TV

The Sling TV offers ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, ACC network, and NBC regional sports networks. It is available for free in the Roku Channel Store. It has 10 hours of DVR storage for saving live events and it also has extension packs for exclusive sports streaming.

Subscription TypeCost of SubscriptionSimultaneously streaming
Sling Orange$ 30 per month1 device
Sling Blue$30 per month3 devices
Sling Orange + Blue$ 45 per month4 devices

Hulu + Live TV

The Hulu + Live TV has ESPN streaming in their 60+ live channels and the cost of a Subscription is $ 54.99 per month. It offers 50 hours of DVR storage and provides access to two devices for simultaneously watching.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV offers a wide range of sports channels including ESPN and the cost of the subscription is $ 64.99 per month. The single membership provides unlimited DVR storage and can create up to 6 profiles. It can stream in three devices simultaneously.

Thus with the above-mentioned methods, you can watch ESPN on Roku. ESPN is the first and foremost choice for all sports fans for streaming their favorite sport and it is a soccer friendly streaming app. If you have any issues in following the above steps, please mention it in the comments.


1. Is ESPN app free on Roku?

ESPN app is available for free in the Roku Channel Store and you need a subscription for accessing the live sports action.

2. Can i install ESPN on Roku?

You can install ESPN on Roku by downloading the app from the channels store and you can follow the above steps for quick installation of ESPN on Roku.

3. How to activate ESPN on Roku?

You can activate ESPN on Roku either by using ESPN+ subscription or TV service provider. You can go through the above steps for quick activation of ESPN.

4. What is the cost of ESPN+ subscription?

ESPN+ subscription costs $ 5.99 per month and the annual subscription costs $ 49.99 per year.