The main difference between ESPN (the app or channel) and ESPN+ (the subscription service) is exclusivity. The ESPN app is free and offers ESPN content to anyone with a computer, an internet connection and a zip code in the right service area. ESPN+, on the other hand, is really an extension of the ESPN app in the sense that it offers premium content that isn’t available to other users.
Keep in mind that even though the ESPN app is free, you still need a supporting internet or cable service provider or TV to stream content live via ESPN networks.
Let’s take a look at a comparison table to further differentiate the two services.
|ESPN (the app)||ESPN+|
|Free||Costs $5.99 per month|
|Coverage available to everyone||Coverage available only to subscribers|
|Standard ESPN app content||Exclusive content including stories and on-demand videos|
|Requires participating cable or internet service provider||Available to anyone with an ESPN+ subscription|
|Doesn’t offer premium live games and matches||Doesn’t offer premium live games and matches|
|No access to other ESPN channels||No access to other ESPN channels|