If you’re hooked on the adrenaline of live sports then consider ESPN Plus a home run. For the ESPN Plus cost, you get access to live streams of thousands of sporting events including UFC, MLS, MLB and more, an on-demand archive of glorious past games, and dozens of Original series. It's also the place to catch this season's LaLiga and Carabao Cup games.
- ESPN Plus cost: sign up to one of ESPN Plus' plans now (opens in new tab)
Essentially a supplementary streaming service on top of the ESPN cable TV offering, ESPN Plus has access to extra shows including 30 for 30 documentaries, behind-the-scenes content and, most importantly, an ad-free environment to watch the content you already love.
There's a fairly wide array of options for signing up to the service depending on your viewing needs and budget. Here we'll explain the different ESPN Plus cost options, including the cheapest ways to get access to ESPN Plus, and details of the latest price hike.
ESPN Plus cost: what payment plans are available?
The two core, standalone options for subscribing to ESPN Plus:
These price points follow a recent increase on the ESPN Plus cost, rising from $6.99 a month/$69.99 annually respectively as of August 23. Both rates include VAT, with the latter yearly plan offering a 16% saving when paying up front - which perhaps just about makes up for the long ago withdrawn ESPN Plus free trial.
The hike in price doesn't effect PPV Standalone packages, which remain at the same cost of $74.99. However, for those who opt for PPV + an annual ESPN Plus subscription, this will cost $124.98 for your first year, thereafter $99.99 a year.
Both tiers offer full access to the ESPN Plus catalogue of on demand shows as well as live action. Crucially for MMA fans, it allows subscribers to make the most of ESPN Plus UFC PPV events, UFC Fight Nights, best-of archives, and other original Octagon-themed content. That's ringside UFC live stream views.
While the ESPN Plus cost does not include PPV events where you'll be required to pay $74.99 apiece, there are often bundle deals available for new ESPN Plus yearly subscribers.(opens in new tab)
What is the ESPN Plus bundle?
Those looking for a broader streaming entertainment package can make the most of even bigger savings.
With ESPN owned by Disney, the entertainment giant is offering a rather compelling Disney Plus bundle that lets you get ESPN Plus, Disney Plus and Hulu for a flexible monthly sum which remains at just $13.99 a month. You can sign up for the great value bundle by heading to Disney Plus's website here (opens in new tab).
With the recent price hike on the ESPN Plus cost (with Disney Plus and Hulu set to go up later in the year too), the bundle has become even better value for money than it already was at $13.99 a month. Subscribe to all three separately and you'll be set back $24.97 a month (or $30.97 if you opt for Hulu without ads).(opens in new tab)
How does the ESPN Plus cost compare to Sling TV?
Competing streaming service Sling TV is wildly popular with cord-cutters, with the over-the-top platform offering a real alternative to cable for cash-conscious viewers.
Offering up access to hit TV shows live across a plethora of popular TV networks, as well as thousands of classic movies and TV shows on-demand, the service also has sports fans well catered for. You'll be able to watch the likes of NBC, NBCSN, USA Network, plus ESPN linear channels.
Sling TV packages are made up from three core plans at varying price points. Sling Orange is sports and family oriented, with ESPN, Motortrend, Nick Jnr and the Disney Channel among its line-up.
Sling Blue is bulked up with a greater number of news and entertainment channels with National Geographic, Discovery, SyFy, and FX on its roster, as well as the NFL Network.
Both of these options are available for $35 a month individually (opens in new tab), with a Sling Orange + Sling Blue combination giving you the best of both worlds for $50 a month. Whichever you choose, you can personalize your Sling TV channels plan with a range of Extras at an additional cost, including Sling Sports Extra for a further $11 a month which adds a further 14 sports channels including SEC Network, NBA TV and beIN Sports.
How does ESPN Plus compare to FuboTV?
Similar in its offering is sports-focused cable replacement FuboTV (opens in new tab).
The IPTV service has unparalleled access to major sports networks including the NFL, ESPN, ESPN 2, and FS1, as well as offering the same general entertainment channels you’d find elsewhere. This includes AMC, BBC America, the Disney Channel, FX and MTV as well as having NBC, ABC and Fox for your breaking news.
There are four FuboTV plans available:
Starter gives you 110 channels, 250 hours of Cloud DVR storage, and three simultaneous streams for $64.99 a month (opens in new tab), while Pro boosts your Cloud DVR to 1000 hours and provides an enhanced Cloud DVR and Unlimited Screens for $69.99.
The service's Elite tier is priced at $79.99 and increases the total number of channels to more than 160, while also offering 1000 hours Cloud DVR and Unlimited Screens.
Finally, Latino Quarterly offers 36 Spanish-language channels, 250 hours of Cloud DVR, and three simultaneous streams for the quarterly cost of $99 (to be prepaid every three months).
There are also a wide range of premium features and additional channels for each of the mentioned tiers, including Sports Plus with NFL Redzone which comes in at $10.99 and a range of international sports channels like the CONMEBOL & More package at only $6.99. Score!