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How to Add and Watch ESPN on Apple TV



ESPN on Apple tv

Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, shortly known as ESPN, is a popular American sports streaming channel. This channel has a dedicated streaming app called ESPN in the app store of almost all devices. With this app, you can stream content from ESPN channels, like ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, ESPNU, and SECN. This app provides both live and on-demand sports content in HD quality.

ESPN also hosts a variety of sports events, such as MLB, UFC, NHL, PGA Tour, MLS, etc. You need to have a TV provider or ESPN+ subscription to access the videos on the app. You can install the ESPN app from the App Store on Apple TV that runs on tvOS 14.0 or later. Alternatively, you can AirPlay the ESPN videos on Apple TV using your iPhone or iPad.


How to Get ESPN on Apple TV

1. Connect the Apple TV to WiFi after turning it On.

2. Look for the App Store on the Apple TV home screen and select it.

Open App Store on Apple TV

3. Using the on-screen keyboard, type and search for ESPN.

Search for ESPN on Apple TV

4. From the app suggestions, select ESPN.

5. Next, select the Get button to download the app on Apple TV.

How to Activate and Watch ESPN on Apple TV

1. Launch the ESPN app after installation.

2. Navigate to the Settings section of the app.

3. Select an option Choose TV Provider or Log in with your ESPN Account.

4. Based on the option you have selected, refer to the steps below.

Activate ESPN on Apple TV

Choose TV Provider:

  • Select your TV Provider name from the drop-down menu and tap Next.
  • Then, type the Provider’s login credentials to sign in to the ESPN app.

Log in with your ESPN Account:

Note down the code
  • You will see the ESPN activation code on the screen.
  • Make a note of the code and go to the ESPN activation website ( from a browser on your smartphone or PC.
  • Type the code in the box and select the option Continue.
  • Log in using your ESPN+ account credentials.
Tap Continue

Now, the ESPN app will be activated on your Apple TV.

5. Relaunch the ESPN app and live stream the latest F1 race on Apple TV.

Alternate Method to Stream ESPN on Apple TV

You can AirPlay the ESPN videos on Apple TV from the ESPN app on your iPhone or iPad. To do it, make sure to update the iPhone/iPad to iOS 15.0 or higher.

1. Connect the Apple TV and iOS device to the same WiFi.

2. Launch the App Store on your Apple TV and download the ESPN app.

Install ESPN

3. Open the ESPN app after installation and sign in to your account.

4. Play any sports video or the F1 live video on the ESPN app.

5. Select the AirPlay icon on the playback screen.

Click the AirPlay icon

6. Choose your Apple TV device name from the pop-up menu.

7. Now, the video playing on the ESPN mobile app will be displayed on your Apple TV.

How to Watch ESPN on Apple TV Without Cable

The ESPN Channel is available on the streaming applications listed below. If you have subscribed to any one of the streaming services, use it to stream both live and on-demand content from ESPN Channel. You can install the below-mentioned apps from the App Store on Apple TV.

AppsPlans & PricingFree TrialInstallation Guide
Sling TVSling Orange – $40/month.
Sling Orange + Blue – $55/month.
NoDownload Sling TV
fuboTVPro – $74.99/month.
Elite – $84.99/month.
Premier – $94.99/month.
Latino – $24.99/month.
YesDownload fuboTV
DirecTV StreamEntertainment -$74.99/month.
Choice – $99.99/month.
Ultimate – $109.99/month.
Premier – $154.99/month.
YesDownload DirecTV Stream
YouTube TV$64.99/month.YesDownload YouTube TV
HuluDisney Bundle Trio Premium– $19.99/month.
Disney Bundle Trio Basic – $12.99/month.
Hulu (With Ads) + Live TV – $69.99/month.
Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV – $82.99/ month.
YesDownload Hulu

How to Fix ESPN Not Working on Apple TV

ESPN may not work on Apple TV for various reasons. Irrespective of the cause, the issue can be resolved with the below fixes.

  • Ensure the WiFi or internet is speedy and stable.
  • Check for the ESPN server outages.
  • Relaunch the ESPN app.
  • Update the app on Apple TV.
  • Update tvOS.
  • Delete and reinstall the ESPN app.

How to Get an ESPN+ Subscription

1. From a browser on your PC, navigate to the official ESPN website.

2. Hit the Sign Up Now button on the website interface.

Tap Sign Up Now

3. Enter your mail ID and click Continue.

4. On the next page, type your First name, Last name, and password for your ESPN+ account.

Sign Up for ESPN

5. Now, choose your Subscription plan and fill in the payment details. ESPN includes two premium plans.

  • Monthly – $9.99 per month.
  • Yearly – $99.99 per month.

6. Finally, hit the button Agree & Subscribe and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the payment process.

Click Agree & Subscribe

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I activate ESPN on Apple TV?

Visit the website after installing the ESPN app on your Apple TV. Provide the code displayed on your TV and press Continue to activate the app.

2. What does ESPN Plus include?

With ESPN+, you shall stream exclusive UFC events, NHL games, MLB events, College Basketball, etc.

3. How to watch ESPN Plus for free?

There is no free trial with ESPN+, and thus, one cannot stream it without an ESPN+ or Cable TV subscription.

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