ESPN has introduced its popular streaming service under the name ESPN3, which is part of the WatchESPN service giving its users the ability to stream sports events of all types (Football, Basketball etc.).

If you want to have access to the full service, you should know that it is only available in the U.S. as ESPN poses severe restrictions on its availability and you must use an ISP which partners with ESPN or have an ESPN cable connection.

In this article we’ll go through the available options for you to watch ESPN3 online free if you are located outside the U.S.

Use a VPN

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) extends a private network across the Internet, enabling users to send and receive data across public networks as if they are directly connected to their private network and benefit from the various features it offers, like traffic encryption.

When you’ll connect via a VPN, your true IP address will be hidden and the IP address provided by the VPN service will be shown while also the transmitted data will be encrypted.

ESPN3, just like any other website which applies geo-restriction policy, attempts to detect your location by looking at the IP address that has been assigned to your device, so if you use a VPN service while connecting from outside the U.S., ESPN3 website will see your VPN IP address and will not block your access.

There are various VPN providers for you to choose from with some of them being free while others require a subscription fee. My recommendation would be to subscribe with a VPN provider like that requires a fee, as paid services are more reliable comparing to the free ones who don’t guarantee quality of service, since you don’t pay them for it.

Use SmartDNS

This method is similar to VPN with the difference that SmartDNS does not offer encryption which is an important feature in terms of security. On the other hand, SmartDNS offers higher connection speeds than most VPNs.

Our goal is to stream content from the ESPN3 website, so it just might be better to go for the SmartDNS solution, as you’ll need the best possible speed for successful, uninterrupted streaming.


As mentioned in this article, the ESPN3 streaming service is offered only to U.S. residents, but you can follow any of the two methods that we described for accessing the service while being abroad. You need to weigh the two basic qualities of each solution so you can finally choose the right one for you (security via encryption vs speed).

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