WatchESPN Sports App Review (iOS, Free)

  • Category: Sports
  • Publisher: ESPN
  • Updated: Apr, 06 2011
  • Version: 1.7.2
  • Size: 8.65 MB

Languages: English

Seller: ESPN Inc.

• Bug Fixes and optimizations
• Google Fiber users can now log in and watch ESPN's live sports and shows.

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
7915 Ratings
All Versions:
54768 Ratings


Stay connected to live sports and shows from ESPN - wherever and whenever you want them. Download the FREE WatchESPN app to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and get 24/7 access to live streaming feeds from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNews and ESPN Deportes.

Access to WatchESPN live video is determined by your TV provider and, in some instances, your Internet service provider. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNews and ESPN Deportes are available to fans who receive ESPN as part of their TV package. The providers below are currently offering full access to WatchESPN live video:

* AT&T U-verse
* Bright House Networks
* Charter
* Comcast XFINITY
* Cox
* Google Fiber
* Midcontinent Communications
* Optimum
* Time Warner Cable
* Verizon FiOS TV

Please check back regularly as new TV providers are added.

The WatchESPN app features:

Live streaming access to the top events from the ESPN family of networks, including:

* NBA Regular Season and Playoffs
* Major League Baseball
* The Masters, US Open and The Open Championships
* College Football and Basketball
* Barclay’s Premier League, Spanish Primera Division and Euro 2012 Soccer
* All 4 Grand Slam tennis events
...and thousands more live events airing on the ESPN networks

Up-to-the-minute news, highlights and analysis with live streaming access to your favorite ESPN shows, including:

* SportsCenter
* Mike & Mike
* SportsNation
* Baseball Tonight
...and every other ESPN original show

Easy-to-use search functionality for locating your favorite teams, shows and events.

AirPlay is now supported for ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPN3.

Customer Reviews

  • I love iTunes

    by deezyfire

    This app is great!!!

  • Worth it

    by Madmanmike13

    Get this app to watch all the big games in the go.

  • Nice

    by Thimosulpa

    Well played, espn. Well played.

  • Watch ESPN

    by Mandy Smith


  • Ed

    by Sharmawalla

    Great application. Works perfectly. A must have. A must have.

  • It's alright.

    by fernando parada

    Could be better.

  • Nice App!!!

    by Ramabulop

    Very Good App!

  • I love it

    by jainermous

    Great way to watch college basketball games!

  • watch espn

    by Kentucky critter

    one of the best apps ever!

  • Love it

    by Markus19812

    The best sports app

  • iPad bug

    by Bradywatts66

    Overall good app but there is a bug on my ipad 4th gen where the first time I got the app I signed in with my tv account and it worked fine. Now it asks me to select a provider again, but when I do, no login information comes up or anything. Occasionally I will have to wait for a minute or two and the game will start playing, but it usually does not. PLEASE FIX! Also, the games should be full screen. Thanks!

  • Awesome TV on the go

    by Gilmo211

    I love this app!! I can watch great sporting events on the go!! Get it if you are a sports junkie

  • Good for us "mid major" followers

    by KJ96

    Nice chance to watch smaller market contests. Good app overall

  • Espn

    by Wiz32467632

    Who doesn't enjoy sports center in the palm of their hand. Nice job!

  • Easy to use

    by Frost0911

    Great app

  • This app rocks

    by District of Chase

    That is all

  • Awesome

    by Wympie

    Terrific quality streaming and great app considering the $0.00 price

  • Good



  • ESPN!!

    by Boomer272727000777771985

    Its an APP!!!!

  • Ok at best, make this better

    by Driggs50

    While loading the top games it never fails to put an ad in the wrong place. Also in game cast for basketball games, why is the live feed at the bottom and the shot map at the top? This is separated by the individual stats and doesn't make sense if you are trying to follow the game.

  • New Version Stinks

    by Caljobsource

    The new version stinks because you can't double click and have it fill the screen. Now I have black bars on top and bottom which wastes all the space. I will have to stop using this app.

  • Watch espn

    by 1kjg

    App is great but locks up all the time and crashes and I constantly have to delete it from my iPad and put it back in.

  • Good ideas, poor execution

    by Geevz

    Very slow lags in table view. Maybe the worst. Strange resorting of lists causes confusion. Just. Simplify. Please.

  • Awful

    by Whit is a dit

    I think that this is a awful app


    by NEAnnCo

    It takes forever to load a game after you click one of them. Even though I have checked the 'Remember User' box, it is now asking me to type in my email and password again, which I enter CORRECTLY, and it's not letting me watch anything. When you do get a game, the video buffers and the picture isn't clear at all; so I'm forced to close the app and start over--but then I run into the second issue above. This app used to be good; but now you spend more time trying to watch your game, by the time you get it working the game's over!

  • Love this app!

    by Andice1

    Can keep up with games no matter where I am. Have used at wedding receptions, other games I'm attending and at showers. Tried to use at church once - found out that even with my phone silenced - the sound comes on with the TV coverage. Oops!!!

  • Amazing

    by Lookinginview

    This app is incredible

  • Great App!

    by Meeko525

    The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it lacks enough rugby union and Scottish Football.

  • Great

    by Hwc11301


  • New provider

    by Ghughes4317

    Get direct TV provider please I just switched over and now I can't use this app so please try to get direct TV

  • Awesome

    by swok34

    Love app

  • Great App

    by LJDreamz

    But it is limited by the lousy speed of my cable internet connection.

  • Wonderful app

    by Gowli

    Full points to the app

  • It does what it needs to

    by Dadebator

    Easy layout, good app

  • Great App

    by smithgks

    As long as you have reliable broadband this app is able to stream games effortlessly including many events that would otherwise not be on TV.

  • Best app for sports!

    by Paagal333

    The best part is they have live Cricket too.

  • Horrible app

    by nemaap

    A very much hopeless app. I can use espn3 on my laptop with frontier communication but this app doesnt let me watch. Frontier doesnt even show up in the list of providers. Waste of time! Useless.

  • Have Comcast & Still Have Blacked Out Games???

    by OleMissReb1

    It took a year for my Comcast password even to be recognized by the App. Now that it does, my favorite teams are blocked out. I can Peony State play Possumneck U, but I can't watch SEC teams. Ridiculous!!!

  • Great app

    by MusicFan70s

    Works better than I had expected, events appear sooner than on my TV

  • Super App!!!

    by InspectorT

    What a great app!! Works flawlessly and streams to my TV via Apple TV beautifully.

  • The best!!!

    by 3eviria

    Beat thing since slice bread!

  • Love it

    by Daddi-Os Boogie Shack

    On the road and for

  • Product Engineer

    by DR Hog

    This app is what every sports lover wants. Keep improving but some of past version options need to be restored.

  • Excellent app

    by Bring on the girls

    Enjoyed using this app made the plane flight very enjoyable.

  • Watch what?

    by Aviator Mark

    I've downloaded this app a few times thinking it was something I was doing or the app was going to get better or easier to use. I'd like to watch my favorite teams when not at my computer but this app requires a cable provider it seems--I have Verizon which is listed as an option yet it still doesn't allow me to use the app. Perhaps the Verizon store can help but only if I'm in there which I never am. I'd expect easier usage.

  • Has potential if you have a cable subscription.

    by Luke1983ki

    This would be a great app if you already have a cable package. But without one you are limited to ESPN3 only. Then when there is a local game, it's blacked out and not allowed to be viewed. It may just be that Cox Communications is just that stingy of Internet and cable providers. I've got an idea. Since ESPN is partnered with Disney they could cut out the middle man easily and offer a subscription and not have to deal with this crap.

  • Not for DirecTV

    by Jr traveler

    Worthless for DirecTV subscribers.

  • Love watching Cricket live in HD

    by Sahithya


  • Awesome. Simple awesome.

    by JoshuaCarr

    'Nuff said.

  • Bugs

    by Prman82

    Cuts out and have to reinstall at times.

  • Love it

    by Skeeterdefense

    Great app

  • Old one was better

    by Hawkeye!

    The speed is not fast. Hard to load anything. The old one was better, and all this app did was change the design, slow it down, and include more ads.

  • Just awesome!

    by Morpheeus007

    Well this is about the coolest app ever if you're a diehard sports fan! It's especially nice for me with shows like SportsCenter which I tend to watch late at night. Now I can watch on my iPad and let the wife sleep comfortably without having to watch it on our bedroom tv. Bliss!

  • Good when useable

    by WoWpally

    Requires my Verizon ID quite frequently which I don't have memorized so I can never watch it when I actually need to use the app. It's great when it's functional though!

  • Contact new networks.

    by Danny_024

    Please add new networks. Would like to watch live auto racing. It at all possible add Astound Broadband.

  • Fast streaming

    by Joshua Haines

    Great for watching my alma mater

  • Best app out

    by Weapon(X) Promo


  • Works great

    by Jdale1020

    I've only used it a few times but so far the app works better than trying to watch on my laptop.

  • Optimum doesn't work

    by Ozzy0180

    When i sign in it says access rights validated then when i go to espn it says null. Espn3 only works. Need help!!!!!!!!!

  • Optimum doesn't work

    by Ozzy0180

    When i sign in it says access rights validated then when i go to espn it says null. Espn3 only works. Need help!!!!!!!!!

  • Why no directv?

    by Trapper543

    I downloaded the app in hopes of watching a game while at work but it's not available to directv subscribers. Why?

  • Great App

    by Paytontiton

    Amazing app, love watching live games on my iPad mini with Retina Display.

  • Great app.

    by giacamo55

    It's one of the best

  • Great

    by Christian_PR

    Great App

  • Yep

    by Pmoe75

    You got it

  • Love it

    by Jayeii

    Great app, never miss my sports now no matter where you at!!!!

  • Great

    by VMG348

    I wish the stream quality was better but that could be because my internet connect is poor. Great Stuff

  • Support DirecTV

    by Boo2345

    I pay for ESPN. Let me watch TV.

  • Great!

    by jayblaze92

    I like it the view is really clear this is definitely HighDefinition.

  • Support Chromecast!

    by Amtrosper

    Great app. Just ask that you bring support to chromecast!

  • Awesome App

    by Canes2299

    If ur a sports fan this app for u!

  • Worthless

    by Sdoaned

    Would give zero stars if I could. Does not work at all.

  • Glitchy

    by Tuckshop2006

    When it works, it's an excellent service, however, there are often login problems/account recognition bugs that can get very annoying.

  • Awesome!!!!

    by Tomygunz

    Thank You ESPN

  • Get that fixed!!

    by Oursmallhours

    It can be a good app. But I shouldn't have to verify my account every day!!! Get that fixed!! Amateurs! The people who made this app at amateurs!! I hope you are looking at this creators!

  • Easy Enough

    by 1Cor 15:19

    It's a handy APP for staying with the game while being away from home.

  • Outstanding

    by J Swaggy P

    The title I put on this review pretty much explains everything. I'm very impressed and pleased with the WatchESPN app. A must download for a sports watcher.

  • Good APP

    by Handbook Hater

    Good APP for viewing ESPN videos.

  • Best app of all time

    by Joeyc15

    Great app so useful great for any sports fan

  • ESPN anywhere!

    by JimmyHGH

    Love it

  • Watch ESPN is my Life!

    by MrSavelli

    But I see room for improvement, would be nice if I could watch this app from Chromecast!

  • Awesome

    by JR-Gator

    Great app

  • Like having your TV in your pocket.

    by NickLurby

    Great app

  • Awesome content, not so stable

    by Eric Sieger

    New version seems prone to crashes. I do like the ability to toggle scores on/off along the bottom. Do wish it had a replay function where you could watch the previous 10-15 seconds.

  • I wouldn't give it one star

    by But I have to

    This app doesn't let you watch a game! Ugh!

  • Stupid!

    by Adb 268

    If it doesn't support dish network or Directv, then it's freaking useless to me!

  • Okay

    by 12_chase_12

    I got it to watch every ESPN channel. But it turns out you can't.

  • Ehhh wish It was better

    by fireboltacic99

    Considering this is one of the most widely used apps in the store I'd think it would be better made. The interface is really glitchy, especially when loading a game score during the game. Also it's fairly difficult to see old game scores or navigate past the "my team" section.

  • Need to check the App ou

    by Regrant2000

    I am not sure right now.

  • Great App

    by Mikey Kranium

    This is a great application and it enjoy watching my cricket matches from where and I keep updated with all t20 big games!

  • ESPN

    by Tone134

    Its easy to use.

  • Poor update

    by Ducksnort186

    Previously, 4-5 stars. Currently (after latest update), I cannot download podcasts, which is my primary use for this app. New update please??

  • I agree horrible upgrade

    by rimi111

    terrible upgrade! where are the scores for all games?

  • All that

    by Quisy 310

    All day never miss a moment

  • Need to add WOW to tv lineup


    Need to add WOW

  • If you do have a provider..

    by Ethan Chirico

    The app is great, glad I can see some lacrosse finally. Just wish it showed more of the live games for NFL

  • Review

    by Tha Boss131

    Works well on new IOS and is very useful.

  • Mr

    by Eltiteredelmani

    Awesome app. I do not miss events when the wife drags me to the mall.

  • Incomplete

    by xxx999x

    Should be able to eliminate channels & sports I have no interest in - i.e. Soccer & ESPN D Portes

  • Great app!!!!

    by Instance Variable

    This app comes in handy when you don't have access to a TV that gets ESPN. I use it when I'm traveling or when the wife and daughter have taken over the TV. Lol!!! Great, crystal clear reception when the bandwidth is abundant. Kinda, pixelated in bad bandwidth situations. Sometimes there's sync problems with audio/video.

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