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ESPN Australia: Guide on how to watch and live-stream TV
Find out all the ways you can watch the huge variety of sports broadcast live on ESPN in Australia.
ESPN, which stands for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is a US-based pay TV channel that first came to life in 1979. The 24-hour pay TV channel has been available Down Under since 1995, with ESPN2 joining in the fun in 2011. It's the broadcast home of most big US sports in Australia, plus other events like UFC and the X Games and in recent years has broadcast Australian basketball. Each program comes with dedicated commentary and special programming. There are also analysis and talk shows such as Sportscenter, Pardon the Interruption, The Point and more.
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 you can enjoy ESPN on your favourite device.
Stream ESPN with Kayo Sports
New customers get a 7-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.
After your free trial, subscriptions to Kayo start from $25 a month and that lets you watch on 1 device at a time. If you're after more simultaneous streams, the Basic package at $30 a month allows 2 while the Premium package has up to 3 at once for $35 a month.
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 4 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 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.
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 $77 a month.
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 pack, which buys you access to a variety of sports channels, including all Fox Sports channels, all 3 beIN SPORTS channels and 2 ESPN channels. All channels stream live via the internet and the total cost is $54 a month.
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 a 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" and 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 a 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, UFC 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, Pro Bowl plus all the playoff 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, College Football Playoff and College Football Championship Game)
- FIBA World Cup
- College baseball
- College basketball
- UFC (Fight Night and PPV preliminaries)
Where can I watch ESPN 30 for 30 in Australia?
For any new 30 for 30 series, you can watch the episode releases via the same providers listed above. Select 30 for 30 titles are also available on Disney Plus.
Notable 30 for 30 productions include Rodman: For Better or Worse, O.J. Made in America, Hillsborough, Chasing Tyson and Jordan Rides the Bus.
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