If you want to watch sport online in South Africa then ESPN+ will cater for the majority of the sports you want to stream. It’s a paid service ($4.99 per month) but it still works out way cheaper than DSTV and the quality of the streaming is excellent.
ESPN+ is only available in the US so you’ll need to have your Smart DNS proxy setup first before trying to access the site.
Now if we head over to ESPN+ we can sign up for their 7-day free trial. Click on the “Start My 7-Day Free Trial” button and create an account with a username, email and password. You can deselect the check box if you don’t want to receive promo emails from them. Then click “Sign Up” to proceed to the payment section.
Select the monthly or annual plan and choose your payment method. Using Paypal is probably your best bet, especially if you’ve got Dollars in your account. Otherwise just use your credit card details.
If you cancel the free trial before 7 days elapse then it won’t cost you a cent. After 7 days you’ll be billed $4.99 and will be billed the same amount every month thereafter as long as you don’t cancel your subscription.
To access the live sport streams go to the ESPN+ page and make sure you’re logged in. Hover over the profile image at the top right of the page (indicated below) and you should either see a “login” link or your profile info including your ESPN+ subscription.
Once you’re logged in you can click on the “Schedule & Replays” link in the top menu.
Click on the “All Networks” drop down and select ESPN+. Now you’ll see all the live sports streaming on ESPN+. Click on the “Upcoming” tab to see what sports events are coming up. All the times will display in SA time.
If the list is empty just click on the date again for it to refresh. You can scroll down to see the sport you want to stream or filter under the “All Sports” list.
In the “Live Now” list you’ll see all the sport currently being streamed as well as any live rugby streams. Click on the event in the list and a window will open where you can watch the sport live online.
If you get a popup asking you to sign up for the trial again, simply close the popup and refresh the streaming window again.
ESPN+ streams loads of South African sports including rugby and cricket as well as a lot of US based sports like baseball, basketball and plenty more. Here’s a list of sports events currently streaming on ESPN+:
- Rugby – Guiness Pro 14, English League Championship
- Baseball – MLB
- Basketball – Women’s FIBA cup
- Soccer – Carabao Cup, Italian Serie A, NCAA Women’s Soccer, Danish Cup, MLS, NCAA Men’s Soccer, Dutch Eredivisie, Canadian Football League
- Ice Hockey – NHL
- Field Hockey
- Motor Racing – Formula 3
- Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) – UFC
ESPN+ will be streaming the South Africa vs India cricket test series that starts in October but they don’t tend to stream much other cricket. The Indian sites like SonyLiv and Hotstar or the Aussie Channel 9 are better bets if you want to stream cricket.