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How to Watch ESPN+ on a Vizio Smart TV

how to watch ESPN+ on Vizio Smart TV

How to Watch ESPN+ on a Vizio Smart TV

Key Points

  • ESPN+ is a streaming service that can be accessed through Vizio smart TVs via the ESPN app or by casting from a mobile device.
  • To watch ESPN+ on a Vizio smart TV, you can download the ESPN app from the app section on the TV or cast from the ESPN app on your mobile device.
  • If you have a media streamer like Roku or Amazon attached to your Vizio smart TV, you can also access ESPN+ through the ESPN app on those devices.
  • ESPN+ offers a wide range of original content, including the 30 for 30 film series, live sports coverage, and tools for fantasy sports enthusiasts.

ESPN has launched a number of spin-offs over the years, including ESPN+. The company’s latest add-on service is their largest and something you can watch through Vizio smart TVs. Unlike other apps on their platform, there’s no dedicated ESPN+ app for Vizio, but there are a few workarounds.

ESPN+ is a streaming service, not a traditional cable channel. That means you can’t access it through traditional means or cable providers, outside of those with plans for cord-cutters. ESPN+ is frequently bundled with Disney+ and Hulu. The service is also available as a direct add-on, but if you want to watch it on a Vizio TV, you’ll need to stream it, use a media player, or fire up the ESPN app.

Watch ESPN+ on a Vizio Smart TV with the App

You’ll need to locate the ESPN app if you want to watch ESPN+ using the official app on your Vizio TV. You may already have the app on your home screen, but you can search and add it through the UI if it’s absent. 

To find the app, use the remote and go to the App section on the left side of the screen. Open the app section, scroll until you see the ESPN app, or use the search box to find it.

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You can locate the ESPN app through your Vizio smart TVs app section.

Once you’ve located the app, you’ll need to open it and log in. Open the ESPN app and then choose Sign In. From here, select a method to log in and access your ESPN+ subscription. If you signed up through the Disney Bundle or Hulu+ Live TV, use those credentials. Otherwise, sign in with your ESPN account.

Watch ESPN+ on Vizio Smart TV Through Casting

Whether you don’t like Vizio’s built-in apps or have a dedicated device for casting purposes, accessing ESPN+ through a mobile app is a breeze. You can grab the ESPN app on Google Play if you’re using an Android device. iPhone and iPad users can download ESPN from the App Store.

Once you’ve downloaded the app, sign in with your account information. At the bottom of the app, choose the ESPN+ logo and select something you want to watch. Tap the Cast icon at the top right of the screen, and select your TV from the list of options that appear.

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You can cast ESPN+ to your Vizio smart TV with any smartphone or tablet.

How to Watch ESPN+ on Vizio Smart TVs with Media Streamers

Do you have a media streamer from Roku or Amazon attached to your TV? While Vizio smart TVs have Google Cast built-in, it’s not uncommon for people to have a secondary device connected to a big screen. Most, but not all, of these devices allow you to access content from ESPN+.

If your console or media streaming device has an app store, look for the ESPN app, and you’re good to go. You can find it on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and the Series X|S. The app is also available on the Xumo Stream Box and Cox Contour.

Features Available with ESPN+ on Vizio Smart TVs

Whereas ESPN focuses on live sports and sports talk shows, ESPN+ unlocks the doors to a wealth of original content. It’s no longer considered an overflow channel, although it’s where you can find some of the network’s most popular programming.

The 30 for 30 film series is available through ESPN+, along with select ESPN films. They aired The Last Dance documentary and shows like Peyton’s Places and the great but extinct Always Late with Katie Nolan. You can catch plenty of live sports on the channel, including basketball, football, hockey, tennis, and even cricket matches.

While not free, ESPN+ is a great way to watch UFC events on the fly. There are also a number of tools for fantasy aficionados on their official website, along with articles from ESPN that you’d generally find behind a paywall.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is ESPN+ free with Hulu?

You can get ESPN+ as an add-on through Hulu or as part of the Disney+ bundle, but it’s not included as part of Hulu.

Does ESPN+ have NFL games?

Yes, but you’ll need to check their schedule to see what’s available throughout the season.

How much does it cost to subscribe to ESPN+ as a standalone service?

The channel is currently priced at $10.99 per month, but you can save money by picking up an annual plan.

Can you get ESPN+ for free?

No, although the company occasionally runs promotions for the Disney+ bundle, including ESPN+.

How many devices can you stream ESPN+ on at once?

You can currently stream ESPN+ on up to three devices simultaneously.

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