Sports broadcasting has evolved a lot in recent years, especially in the United States, where the big leagues like NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB break viewership records every other year. Much of this viewership admittedly comes from the rapid adoption of live sports on digital over-the-top streaming platforms.
Nonetheless, traditional broadcasters like ESPN are still home to many high-profile football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, tennis, golf, motorsport, MMA, and college sports events. It even has its own sports streaming service called ESPN Plus, and all of ESPN’s cable channels are streamable with a digital live TV subscription.
But if you’re a proud Samsung Smart TV or Galaxy device owner, you may be familiar with TV Plus; Samsung’s free AVOD platform offers 200+ live channels in the States, including the ones airing sports programming.
Chances are you’ve recently learned about it, now wondering if you can catch your favorite sports on the service, and if so, what channel is ESPN on Samsung TV Plus. Luckily, you’re in the right place.
What Channel is ESPN on Samsung TV Plus?
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but sadly, you won’t find ESPN on Samsung TV Plus. It makes sense, considering ESPN is a premium sports network, whereas TV Plus is an ad-supported platform. With that said, you can satiate some of your sports cravings by tuning into the following channels on the service:
- CBS Sports HQ (1152)
- beIN Sports XTRA (1157)
- fubo Sports Network (1158)
- Stadium (1159)
- Pac-12 Insider (1161)
- ACC Digital Network (1162)
- IMPACT Wrestling (1164)
- MSG SportsZone (1166)
- MotorTrend Fast TV (1192)
The availability of some of these channels is tied to the market from which you’re streaming. Don’t expect to catch any major sporting events, but one thing is for sure: TV Plus keeps you covered on the highlights, news, and analysis side of things.
Steps to Access Samsung TV Plus
Nearly every Samsung Smart TV from 2016 and later gets you TV Plus. Assuming your TV has internet access, you can access the streaming channel guide from the Home or Smart Hub screen.
The same goes for anyone with a Samsung Galaxy device (Android 8.0 or above). You can download the Samsung TV Plus app from the Galaxy Store/Play Store and dive into its live and on-demand streaming offerings without signing in. Even better is the fact the app offers casting to Chromecast-enabled devices.
Non-Samsung device owners won’t be missing out either, as Samsung TV Plus is accessible via the web for US residents. Visit samsungtvplus.com from your browser and enjoy!
Other Ways to Watch ESPN on Samsung TV
If you get the ESPN channels through your cable or satellite TV contract, you’re in luck. Downloading the ESPN app on your Samsung Smart TV and signing in with your provider credentials will give you access to the live channel streams, plus on-demand replays, highlights, studio shows, etc.
Even if you don’t pay for cable, streaming television providers like DIRECTV STREAM, FuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV offer a complete suite of ESPN and other sports channels to tune into over the internet. Some even offer free trials, so clever folks can find a workaround to renew the cycle with different email addresses and payment methods to watch ESPN at no cost.
We recommend Sling Orange since it’s the cheapest plan bundling ESPN and ESPN2 in the bunch, but whichever you choose, you can use your streaming TV subscription to log into the ESPN app and access its offerings.
There’s also the ESPN+ subscription that’s part of the same ESPN app, which offers access to events that ESPN’s linear networks don’t carry, and sometimes simulcasts from the main channels, including select NFL Monday Night Football match-ups. Additionally, you get an extensive on-demand catalog of exclusive originals to stream from. However, note it doesn’t offer the live channel streams you get when logged in with a TV provider.
Unfortunately, ESPN isn’t on Samsung TV Plus as of now. However, we encourage you to explore TV Plus’s rest of the channel offerings to get your sports fix. We’ve also outlined other ways to enjoy ESPN’s live sports programming on your Samsung TV in the above section, so be sure to check them out and let us know!