It used to be difficult for sports fans to watch matches, fights and other events live on-line, but those dark ages are over: nowadays, you have several options to watch sports, and one of the best services in this is ESPN+. The famous sports channel launched this premium streaming platform in 2018, and since then it has become the reference application to watch the fights of the UFC, Major League Baseball and, lately, LaLiga of the first division of Spain. And all this on top of offering a ton of on-demand sports content in the form of Exclusive Shows, Movies and Documentaries. Of course: it is a paid service, so it is logical to want a ESPN+ free trial before signing a subscription.
Is there a free trial of ESPN+?
The short answer is that there is no free trial of ESPN+, which is in contrast to most streaming services, which generally offer a trial period or a reduced free plan (such as those that offer SlingTV and Peacock). ESPN offered a free trial in 2018 when it launched its premium streaming platform, but it was short-lived. Mind you, if you’re looking for a way to try out ESPN+ for free (or at least save some money on your subscription), don’t give up just yet, as you have a few options.
Although there is no free trial of ESPN+, there are ways you can try it for free by purchasing something else. Your best bet is to get a deal with a new network service plan (internet or cellular) like Verizon or AT&T, as these providers often offer you these types of deals to attract new customers. For example, Verizon currently offers its customers a free subscription to DisneyBundle (“Disney Package”) with select unlimited plans. Offer is valid for both new and existing customers and lasts as long as you remain on an eligible Unlimited plan.
There’s another way to get free ESPN+ by being a bit looser on the concepts… And that’s for $14 a month, you can sign up for the “Disney Bundle,” which includes ESPN+, Disney+, and basic Hulu (you can also get rid of ads on Disney+ and Hulu for an additional $6 per month). Together, they’re $25 a month, but since the Disney Bundle saves you $11 off their combined price, you basically get ESPN+ for free. Keep in mind that the price of Disney+ will increase this year, and with ESPN’s recent price increase, we imagine the cost of the Disney Bundle could increase soon as well. Nonetheless, it’s still a great deal, even if the monthly fee goes up a bit in the future.
If you’ve already made up your mind to sign up for ESPN+ and are looking to save some money, there are several ways to go about it. As of now, ESPN+ costs $10 per month or $100 per year, this after the recent price increase. The annual subscription is obviously the best deal, since it basically gives you two months for free. However, we already mentioned another way to save that, in our opinion, is even better, and that is the “Disney Package” or Disney Bundle. Since it saves you $11 a month on the combined price of three different streaming platforms, you effectively get ESPN+ for free. Unfortunately, there’s no free trial of the Disney Bundle — and there’s no Disney Plus either — but the bundle is such a good value that it’s hard to complain.
UFC fans are particularly well positioned to get a good deal on ESPN+, or at the very least, a discount on the next UFC pay-per-view. ESPN and the UFC share a close relationship and as of 2022, the only way to watch live UFC PPV events online in the US is through ESPN+. This means you’ll need to hand over the cash for both an ESPN+ membership and your paid ticket to watch special UFC events live. However, if you don’t already have ESPN+, you can get a unique package deal available only to new subscribers. This gives you a one-year ESPN+ membership along with the upcoming UFC PPV package for $125. It would normally cost $175 separately ($100 for ESPN+ and $75 for each UFC pay-per-view), so you save $50. However, you can only get this offer once.