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How to Watch ESPN on Apple TV [Full Guide]

Get the ESPN app on your Apple TV and watch all the live sports.

ESPN stands for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, a US-based TV sports channel that gives access to dozens of sports content. You can access ESPN on almost all devices like Android, iOS, Windows or Mac, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, and also on Gaming consoles. You can stream all the ESPN channels over the internet without any cable connection. It is one of the best paid live TV sports streaming services available in the market. In this guide, we will teach you how to stream ESPN on your Apple TV.

With ESPN, you can watch exclusive originals, premium articles, and more. It will bring you highlights and scores, news about your favorite sports teams or player, etc., in the home tab. From the scores tab, you will get fast access to the scores of leagues, teams, and top games. In addition to ESPN, you can stream ESPN2, ESPN 3, ESPNU, SECN, etc. By signing up for ESPN+, you can stream live sports events from UFL, MLS, NHL, and ESPN exclusive shows.

Watch ESPN on Apple TV

ESPN Subscription

ESPN+ subscription costs $6.99 per month and $69.99 per year. If you want, you can get the ESPN+ bundle which includes Disney+ and Hulu (on-demand pack), for $13.99 per month.

How to Install ESPN on Apple TV

Apple App Store officially includes ESPN and you can get it on Apple TV. There is a limitation to it. You can install the ESPN app only on the Apple TV 4K and above models. If you have older models like Apple TV 3rd Gen or lower, skip to the next method (screen mirroring).

Quick Tip: Open App Store –> Search for ESPN –> Select the ESPN app –> Open the ESPN app and activate it.

(1). After connecting all the cables, power on Apple TV.

(2). Go to the apps column and click on the App Store to open it.

ESPN on Apple TV
Click on App Store

(3). On the search bar, enter the app name as ESPN.

(4). Select ESPN from the suggestions list.

(5). Highlight and select the Get button to start downloading the app.

(6). After the installation, open the ESPN app from the home screen.

(7). Click the Sign In button to get the activation code.

(8). Go to the ESPN activation website on your smartphone or PC.

Activate ESPN on Apple TV

(9). Enter the ESPN activation code and click the Continue button. Log in with your ESPN account for verification.

(10). Now, the ESPN app on your Apple TV will be activated. Watch all the live sports events on your Apple TV.

How to Screen Mirror ESPN on Apple TV

(1). Install the ESPN app on your iPhone from the App Store.

(2). Connect your iPhone and Apple TV to the same WiFi connection.

(3). Go to the Control Centre and tap the Screen Mirroring icon.

Control Centre on iPhone

(4). On the list of devices, choose your Apple TV.

Screen Mirroring option

(5). Now, open the ESPN app and play any live match.

(6). It will appear on your Apple TV.

ESPN Not working on Apple TV

Due to the compatibility issues, from October 4, 2021, the pre-installed ESPN app on Apple TV 3rd Gen and lower won’t work. When you open the ESPN on these devices, you will get a message urging you to get Apple TV 4K or use the screen mirroring method. So, after this, you can’t watch ESPN on older generations of Apple TV.

If you have any issues with the ESPN app on your Apple TV 4K or newer devices, it may be due to a network problem, keeps freezing, or any minor issues. To resolve those issues,

  • Restart your Apple TV and try again.
  • Uninstall the ESPN app and install it again.
  • Update your Apple TV to the latest version of tvOS.
  • Update the ESPN app on your Apple TV from the App Store. Check our guide on how to update apps on Apple TV.
  • Check your internet connection. To get buffer-free streaming in ESPN, the recommended internet is 2 MBPS.

Alternative: Other Ways to Access ESPN on Apple TV

ESPN is available on different streaming services. So you can still stream it even if you don’t want to sign up for the ESPN app. With this, you can watch ESPN video content on Apple TV without cable.

  • Sling TV – Sling Orange and Sling Orange+Blue
  • Hulu with Live TV
  • YouTube TV
  • DirecTV Now
  • AT&T TV
  • ESPN+
  • WatchESPN

Sling TV

ESPN on Sling TV

Sling TV is a subscription-based streaming TV service over the internet. It is an official App that can be downloaded directly from the App Store. Sling TV is the perfect app to watch ESPN live on Apple TV. There are two different subscription packages available,

  • Sling Orange costs $30 per month. There are more than 30 channels available in this package, some of them are ESPN, AMC, CNN, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, the Disney Channel, TNT, IFC, A&E, and much more. It allows only one device to stream at the same time.
  • Sling Blue costs $30 per month. This subscription package offers more than 45 channels to watch, some of them are Fox, NBC, USA, Bravo, TBS, FX, Syfy and Bloomberg TV, FX, El Rey, Viceland, and many more. This package allows three devices to stream its contents simultaneously.

If you are a new Sling TV user, you can get a 7-day free trial before entering into the subscription.

If you want to stream ESPN with the Sling TV, you are required to get the Sling Orange plan. Along with your subscription, you cost an extra $5 to access all the ESPN networks. Unfortunately, ESPN is not included in the Sling Blue plan. Get the Sling TV app on Apple TV.

Hulu Live TV

ESPN on Hulu

Hulu with Live TV is one of the good options to stream ESPN on your device. Apple TV 4K and Apple TV 4 generation support the new version of Hulu, the earlier version of Apple TV supports only the older Hulu version. Hulu is available on Apple TV App Store.

Hulu with Live TV streams nearly 70 live channels and on-demand TV shows. To access all Hulu with live TV, you are required to subscribe to the $75.99 per month plan. This subscription plan includes ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, SEC Network, BTN, CBS Sports Network, Golf Channel, NBCSN, Fox Sports 1 & 2, and many more. In addition to this, you can also stream thousands of movies and on-demand content.

YouTube TV

ESPN on YouTube TV

YouTube TV is the Google-owned TV streaming app that is available on the Apple TV app store. You can directly download it from the App Store to watch all available channels and on-demand content.

YouTube is a subscription-based streaming service with only one package plan. The package costs $64.99 per month, with this, you can stream more than 70+ live channels from different countries. In addition to this, it also allows you to stream on-demand content and offer cloud DVR to store your favorite media files.

There are various channels included with this subscription, some of the sports channels are Fox Sports 1 and 2, CBS Sports Network, NBC Sports, BTN, Golf Channel, and ESPN channels like ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPNews. Install YouTube TV on Apple TV.

DirecTV Stream


DirecTV Stream is an AT&T-owned streaming service over the internet. It is also one of the best options to watch all your favorite sports channels. If you wish to stream your ESPN sports on your Apple TV, install DirecTV Now can be installed on Apple TV directly from the App Store. The app was renamed and rebranded as DIRECTV Stream.

DirecTV Now requires a paid subscription to access all its contents. The subscription is under four different packages.

  • Entertainment – $69.99 per month, stream 65+ channels
  • Choice –$89.99 per month, stream 90+ channels
  • Ultimate – $140.99 per month, stream 130+ channels
  • Premier  – $149.99 per month, stream 140+ channels

You can stream ESPN 2 on a $69.99 package. If you need more sports channels, then choose the $89.99 Choice pack, which includes BTN, ESPNews, ESPNU, NFL Network, and more.

ESPN is one of the largest sports channels, which can be accessed from various streaming services available on the market. To watch ESPN on Apple TV, you will need any one of the above-mentioned streaming apps.

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