If ever there were a perfect opportunity to defy stereotypes, it's watching the ESPY Awards, by either being a sports fan who really loves awards shows, or a celebrity fan who doesn't mind watching montages of sports moments. Plus, this year, it's hosted by Joel McHale and Caitlyn Jenner will be receiving a huge award, so you definitely don't want to miss it. Fortunately, you can stream the ESPYs online.
While most awards shows are available to stream, it's a bit of a surprise that this one is, because their home network is basically synonymous with the word "cable." But, there's a new availability of ESPN on streaming services, and the awards will be airing on parent network ABC as well. So, if you don't have cable, finally you can can get the sports network without all of the extra channels that make you watch curling 24/7. (I fall on the "Hollywood fan, sports kinda-tolerator" side of the entertainment spectrum.)
But, even someone truly opposed to sports can find something to appreciate in the ESPYs, especially this year. It's going to be historic to see Caitlyn Jenner walk up on the ESPY stage as a transgender woman being honored for both outstanding athletic accomplishments and bravery. Here's how to not miss a moment:
For the past two years, ESPN has made it super easy to stream the ESPYs. Just download their app, WatchESPN, which allows you to stream the network on your computer. The only downside? They usually require a cable login. They might make the ESPYs free, but I wouldn't count on it.
If you're not just a cable subscriber but also a Comcast holder, then you can livestream ESPN via Xfinity. This is a handy option if, say, you accidentally kicked a soccer ball into your television while celebrating Team USA's Women's World Cup win, and are paying for all this cable you can't even use.
3. Sling TV
The whole reason to subscribe to Sling TV is basically to get ESPN without costly cable prices. Now, that $20 a month can pay for itself!
If you have the cable but are away from it for the evening, you can use Roku to stream WatchESPN live to a different device.
5. Watch ABC
Remember, they'll be airing on ABC as well as on ESPN. So if you have a cable subscription, you can also watch the awards via ABC streaming on their app or website, rather than ESPN. Streaming! There are many ways to do it, but pick your favorite, and don't forget to enjoy the 2015 ESPYs.