ESPN Australia: How to watch and live stream TV guide
Find out all the ways you can watch the huge variety of sports broadcast live on ESPN in Australia.
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ESPN, which stands for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is a US-based pay TV channel that first came to life in 1979. Nowadays, ESPN broadcasts in more than 200 countries and operates regional channels in quite a few, including Australia.
The 24-hour pay TV channel has been available Down Under ever since 1995, with ESPN2 joining in the fun in 2011. Besides US competitions, sports enthusiasts can tune in to watch an increasing amount of football matches, like the FA Cup and UFC as well as plenty of other exciting events from all around the world like the US Open. Each comes with dedicated commentary and special programming.
As well as extended coverage of regional content in recent years, ESPN has also become more easily available. You can still get it via a pay TV subscription, but you can also watch content via live stream thanks to the emergence of services like Kayo Sports and Foxtel Now. Read on as we list the many ways in which you can enjoy ESPN programming on your favourite device.
Stream ESPN with Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports offers live and on-demand coverage of over 50 sports, including competitions and events broadcast by ESPN. A Basic subscription buys you access to all the content on the platform for $25 per month, which you can watch on 2 screens at the same time. Or, you can get a Premium subscription for $35 per month, which supports 3 simultaneous streams.
Kayo Sports' user experience is unmatched. A host of exclusive viewing features help single it out from its peers as does its affordable price. SplitView lets you watch four channels at once on the same screen. No Spoilers hides the scores and Key Moments lets you jump straight to the highlights of a game. There are interactive stats and you can choose your own camera options in some broadcasts as well. You can read all about it in our full review.
You can access the streaming platform via the web using your PC or Mac. Or you can download the app to your preferred iOS or Android device. Plus, you can watch ESPN on the big screen thanks to Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV and Chromecast support.
New customers get a 14-day free trial, so you can start watching ESPN for free right now. There are no contracts, so you can cancel your subscription anytime, too.
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Watch US sport on ESPN through Foxtel iQ
ESPN and ESPN2 are available as part of Foxtel iQ's pay TV Sports HD pack. Once subscribed, you can watch ESPN on TV or stream to your laptop or mobile device with the Foxtel GO app, which is free for all Foxtel clients. The Sports HD pack costs $25 per month on top of the base $49 per month Foxtel Plus pack.
You can also try out the WatchESPN app, which features live streams, on-demand content and replays of recent ESPN events. The app is available exclusively to Foxtel iQ Sports HD pack subscribers for free. All you need to do is download it from Google Play or the App Store and use your Foxtel ID and password to log in.
Live stream US sport on ESPN with Foxtel Now
ESPN is also available with Foxtel Now, the streaming service from Foxtel that allows you to watch channels live and enjoy content on demand. You can try it out free for 10 days and can cancel anytime since there are no lock-in contracts involved.
ESPN is part of the Sport channel pack, which buys you access to a variety of sports channels, including all Fox Sports channels, all three beIN SPORTS channels, Eurosport and two ESPN channels. All channels stream live via the Internet for $29 per month.
However, Sport is a premium option. That means that you can only get it if you're already subscribed to the Essentials pack. This one comes with a mix of Lifestyle and Pop channels for $25 per month, bringing the total monthly cost of your Foxtel Now subscription with ESPN at a minimum of $54.
Foxtel Now works with a variety of devices, including computers, smartphones, tablets, select Sony Android TVs, Telstra TV, Chromecast/Airplay, PS4 and the Foxtel Now box.
Watch ESPN with Fetch TV
Both ESPN and ESPN2 are available with Fetch TV. They are part of the Vibe channel pack, which can be yours for just $6 extra per month. However, the total price of your subscription will depend on whether you buy your Fetch box outright or subscribe through a broadband provider.
If you already have Fetch, go to "Manage" then "Subscriptions" in the menu to get the Vibe pack. Or, pick the Ultimate pack and you can enjoy all channels available with Fetch for $20 per month.
List of sports and events you can watch on ESPN in Australia
In Australia, ESPN broadcasts a wide variety of US sports, including basketball, American football, baseball, tennis, UFC, boxing, X Games and ice hockey. Here's a quick rundown of the most important competitions you can watch on ESPN:
- NFL (includes NFL Draft, Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football, all NFL Network games, NFL RedZone, Pro Bowl plus all the play-off games and Super Bowl)
- Major League Baseball (includes games most days, MLB Strike Zone, Home Run Derby, All-Star Game, all play-off games and World Series)
- College football (includes regular season, Heisman Trophy, College Football Playoff and College Football Championship Game)
- College baseball
- College basketball
- X Games
- UFC (Fight Night and PPV preliminaries)
- AMA Supercross Championship
- World Series of Poker
- FA Cup
- US Open
- ATP World Tour Finals
Where can I watch ESPN 30 for 30?
For any new 30 for 30 series you can watch the episode releases via the same providers listed above. Though if you're looking to watch a series on demand than Kayo Sports has all of ESPN's 30 for 30 series available on demand. Notable 30 for 30 productions include Rodman: For Better or Worse, O.J. Made in America, Hillsborough, Chasing Tyson and Jordan Rides the Bus.
ESPN will be releasing further series for Lance Armstrong, who'll get two episodes. In addition to this there is Be Water which follows the life of Bruce Lee, plus the home run battle between Chicago Cubs, Sammy Sosa and St. Louis Cardinals' Mark McGwire titled Long Gone Summer.
30 for 30 release schedule
- LANCE, Part 1, 25 May 2020, 9pm AEST
- LANCE, Part 2, 1 June 2020, 9pm AEST
- Be Water, 8 June 2020, 9pm AEST
- Long Gone Summer, 15 June 2020, 9pm AEST
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