As the home of some of the most high-profile sporting events from around the world, ESPN Australia has gradually established itself as a favourite of global sports lovers. An important part of Foxtel’s sports pack, ESPN Australia is accessible for just $29/month with Foxtel from Telstra’s Entertainment + Sport pack. With two ESPN channels now being used to ensure they can cover twice as much live sports and studio action, this represents some serious value.
ESPN Australia has typically had a particular focus on bringing the best in US sports live Down Under, and has for a long time been responsible for airing the NBA Playoffs, the Super Bowl, and the World Series of baseball. In recent years, they have expanded their reach, adding soccer, rugby, and much more to their calendar. Aside from a comprehensive schedule of live sports, ESPN Australia also brings sports fans some of the best studio shows from home and around the globe.
What’s on ESPN Australia?
As a result of branching out from their signature sports over the past few years, ESPN Australia added ESPN2 to their broadcast back in 2011. Nowadays, alongside their world class coverage of American sports, ESPN Australia’s two channels offer up a feast of high quality sporting coverage from all over the globe. The sporting codes and leagues covered in the ESPN Australia schedule include:
- College Baseball
- Horse Racing
- World Series of Poker
- X Games
- Motor Racing
- Ice Hockey
How do I watch ESPN Australia?
ESPN Australia is accessible through Foxtel. If you’ve already got Foxtel, you’ll be able to watch ESPN Australia as long as you have the Sports pack included in your subscription. If you’re not yet a subscriber, you can sign up for the Entertainment + Sports pack through Foxtel from Telstra for just $29/month.
The channels are also available through the Foxtel Now streaming service. If you use a Telstra TV box to watch Foxtel Now, you’ll be able to watch all the sports channels, including ESPN and ESPN2, in high definition at no extra charge.
The final option is to stream ESPN Australia live through the Foxtel App. All the same channels that you’re able to watch from the comfort of your living room will also be available to you to stream to eligible devices at no extra cost, meaning you can catch the best in US sports and more wherever you are.
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Pricing and Plans
With Foxtel from Telstra, you can access ESPN Australia and much more with various packages. The most basic of these is the Entertainment + Sport package, which currently comes in at $29/month. If you want a little more, the Entertainment + Sport + Movies OR Drama packages are $49/month, while the Foxtel from Telstra Platinum HD package is $111/month.
ESPN Australia has been bringing the best in US sports direct to Australian living rooms for over two decades, largely mirroring the coverage of its home network in the United States.
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Can I stream all the AFL or NRL games on my phone via ESPN App?
Unfortunately, not all AFL or NRL games are available for Streaming via the free ESPN app that you automatically get as a Foxtel subscriber. The majority are, but a handful of games are restricted to free to air. This is due to licensing agreements between the sporting codes and Foxtel. You can still stream those games on mobile devices using the AFL and NRL official apps, though those require a fee.
Are all ESPN channels in high definition?
Yes – all channels are available in HD via hardware-installed Foxtel. You will need to add the HD option to your account if you haven’t already done so (it’s only $10/month). On ESPN, all channels are available to stream in high definition (HD) on a Telstra TV box, with HD on other devices arriving soon.
Is there an app?
Yes – there’s an official ESPN app available for free from the iOS App Store or Google Play for Android. It lets you access all the news, stats and videos of your favourite sports wherever you are, as well as stream the ESPN channel 24 hours a day. The app is free – you don’t even need to be a Foxtel subscriber to use it – so it’s a great way to check out the huge range of sporting coverage waiting for you on ESPN!