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How to Watch ESPN Live Sports without Cable on iPhone

Would you love to watch live sports on ESPN but hate the idea of having to sign up for an expensive cable subscription? We have a solution for you, and all you need is a strong Internet connection and your iPhone.

Sling TV

Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2015, Sling TV is a cable streaming service from Dish that wants to convince cable subscribers that it’s the right time to cut the cord. Just like Amazon Prime or Netflix, Sling TV relies on your existing Internet connection to deliver content to your living room.

Sling TV currently has over 2 million subscribers, who enjoy the industry-leading low prices that start at just $20 a month for the Sling Orange service. Included in the service are ESPN, AMC, CNN, HGTV, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, History, Disney Channel, ESPN2, ESPN3, TNT, Food Network, TBS, BBC America, Freeform, IFC, A&E, El Rey Network, Viceland, Lifetime, Travel Channel, AXS.TV, Newsy, Cheddar, Bloomberg Television, Local Now, Polaris, Maker, Flama, and Galavision. This package offers a variety of channels for an affordable price.

The second package offered by Sling TV is called Sling Blue. It costs $25 a month, and it focuses on local channels. Included in Sling Blue are AMC, CNN, HGTV, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, History, TNT, Food Network, TBS, BBC America, IFC, A&E, El Rey Network, Viceland, Lifetime, Travel Channel, AXS.TV, Newsy, Cheddar, Bloomberg Television, Local Now, Polaris, Maker, Flama, Galavision, FOX, NBC, FOX Sports Regional networks, CSN regional networks, NFL Network, FX, USA, Bravo, FS1, FS2, NBCSN, FXX, SyFy, NickJr, TruTV, BET, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Univision, and UniMas.

You can also subscribe to both packages at once for $40 or expand your Sling TV channel list by purchasing channel add-ons for $5 for 5 to 15 or more channels. For $5 a month, you can also purchase a cloud DVR service called First Look, which lets you save up to 50 hours of content to your account for later. Best of all, there are no contracts to worry about, and you can easily cancel your subscription at any time. The only caveat is that Sling TV is available only to those living in the United States.
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Watch ESPN Using Your Sling TV Credentials on iPhone

To watch Sling TV, you need a player like Roku, Xbox One, or an Android TV box connected to your TV. You can also watch Sling TV on most mobile devices, including the iPhone. As long as your download speed is at least 1.5 Mbps for high quality, 0.8 Mbps for medium quality, or 0.5 Mbps for low quality, you are good to go.  The audio and picture quality on the iPhone is excellent, and, as long as your Internet connection is up to the task, you won’t ever see the picture freezing or lagging.

If you care mostly about ESPN as far as watching Sling TV on the go is concerned, the WatchESPN iOS app is your best option. With the app, you get instant 24/7 access to live streaming feeds from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNews, ESPN Deportes, SEC Network, SEC Network+, Longhorn Network, ACC Network Extra, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, and ESPN Bases Loaded. All you need is your Sling TV username and password.

How to install and use the WatchESPN app to watch ESPN on iPhone:

  1. Go to App Store and search for WatchESPN (or just click here).
  2. Install the app on your iPhone.
  3. Create a Sling account and subscribe to one of their two plans.
  4. Using your Sling login credentials, log into the WatctESPN app.
  5. Enjoy ESPN on your iPhone!

If you experience any connection issues, we recommend you use Speedtest by Ookla to find out if your Internet connection is fast enough for mobile video streaming. Ideally, you want your download speed to be at least 2 Mbps.

Sling TV Free Trial

If you’d like to see how Sling TV works and what the picture quality is like, you can sign up for the limited free trial offer. You must provide your email address and credit card to register for the offer, but you won’t be charged anything until the 7-day trial period expires and Sling automatically starts charging for applicable subscription. But if you cancel within seven days, you won’t have to pay anything.
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Sling TV Alternatives

Sling TV isn’t the only streaming service with ESPN in town. It’s, however, the least expensive one. For example, there’s PlayStation Vue from Sony and DirecTV Now from AT&T. The most affordable PlayStation Vue plan with ESPN included costs $39.99 a month, and the most affordable DirecTV Now plan with ESPN included costs $35 a month. Just like Sling TV, neither Sony nor AT&T requires you to sign a contract nor purchase any equipment.

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