This is a discussion on Is ESPN3 available on DirecTV? within the DirecTV forums, part of the Cable and Satellite Providers category.
ESPN3 is just an online service. It used to be called ESPN 360, but they renamed the service a couple of years ago. You can watch it for free at ESPN's website here: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/player/_/source/espn3/ or watch it through an Xbox 360 gaming system if you have an Xbox Live account.
They're not just an online service. ESPN3 requires an agreement between your ISP and ESPN in order for you to watch. This may coincide with a cable TV carriage agreement (Time Warner I know for sure.)
With regard to the original question, the more relevant question would be whether you can watch ESPN 3 with your current ISP.
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Here's a list of approved internet providers who are allowed to connect to ESPN3:
3 Rivers Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
Access Cable Television, Inc.
Advanced Communications Technology
Alabama Broadband, LLC
Alameda Power & Telcom
Algona Municipal Utilities
All West Broadband
Allo Communications LLC
Alyrica Networks, Inc
Antietam Cable Television, Inc.
Arvig Communication Systems
(AT&T DSL and Uverse customers only)
Website: www.att.com | www.att.com/extras
Atlantic Telephone Membership Corporation (ATMC)
Bardstown Cable Internet
Bardstown Cable Internet (BISI)
Bay Country Communications
Phone: 781-348-BELD (2353)
Big Bend Telecom
BitWise Communications, Inc.
Blue Ridge Communications
Brandenburg Telephone Co.
Bright House Networks
Bristol Tennessee Essential Services
BTC Communications, Inc. (GA)
Cable TV of East Alabama
Cascade Link LLC
Catalina Cable TV Company
Cavalier IPTV LLC
Mid-Atlantic : (800) 683-3944(VA, MD, PA, DE, NJ, DC customers)
Midwest: (800) 374-5364 (MI, OH business customers)
Southeast: (888) 432-4855 (AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, TN customers)
Cedar Falls Utilities
Celect Communications, LLC
Central Cellular, LLC, dba COTC Connections
Cincinnati Communications, LLC
Citizens Cable Communications
Citizens Telephone Cooperative
City of Monroe
City of Muscatine
City of Salisbury
City of Wilson
Consolidated Cable Vision, Inc.
Cordova Telephone Cooperative
Craigville Telephone Co., Inc.
CRST Telephone Authority
CT Communications Network
Cumberland Cellular Inc.
Delcambre Telephone Co
Digital Agent, LLC
Direct Communications Cable
Direct Communications Cedar Valley, LLC
Douglas Services Inc,
Dubois Telephone Exchange
Eagle Communications Inc.
Eagle Valley Telephone
En-Touch Systems, Inc.
Enhanced Telecommunications Corp
Farmers Mutual Telephone Co.
Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative
Farmers Telephone Cooperative
Felton Telephone Company
Flint Cable TV
Frankfort Plant Board
GCI Cable, Inc.
Gilmer Cable Television Co., Inc.
Glasgow Electric Plant Board
Glenwood Telecommunications LLC.
Glenwood Telephone Company
Golden West Cablevision
Grafton Technologies, Inc.
Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation
Phone: 1-877-6 GRANDE
Green Hills Communications, Inc.
Green Mountain Access
Guam Cablevision, LLC
GulfPines Communications, LLC
Telephone: (662) 401-3275
Hargray CATV Company, Inc.
Hart Communications, Inc.
Heart of Iowa Communications
Hiawatha Broadband Communications
Phone: (507) 474 4000
High Speed Utah
Home Communications, Inc.
Home Telephone Company (Minnesota)
Horry Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
HTC Communications Co.
Inside Connect Cable, LLC
Insight in Columbus, Ohio does not have access to ESPN3.
Integra Telecom - Prior Lake, MN
Iowa Network Services
Phone: 515-830-0110 or 1-800-CALL-INS
Only Kalona Cooperative Telephone and Clear Lake Telephone (aka Northland Communications) customers have access
Jackson Energy Authority (Eplus Broadband)
Kraus Cable TV
Kuhn Communications Inc.
Laurel Highland Television Company
Laurens Municipal Power & Communications
Logan Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
Lycom Communications, Inc.
Mahaska Communication Group
Manning Municipal Communications
Marco Island Cable, Inc.
Master Vision Broadband
Matanuska Telephone Association, Inc.
McClure Telephone Company
McDonald Country Internet Service, Inc.
Message Express Internet
Phone: 800-342-5400 or 518-943-6600
Minerva Valley Telephone Co
Mobius Communications Co.
Monon Telephone Co. Inc.
Morristown Utilities Commission
Moundville Telephone Co., Inc.
Mountain Rural Telephone Coop.
Murray Electric System
Nelson Cable Inc
Nemont Communications Inc
New River Valley Unwired
New Visions Powerline Communications, Inc
North State Communications
Northeast Missouri Rural Telephone Company
Northern Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
Northland Cable Television
NPG Cable, Inc.
NTELOS Media Inc.
Phone: 1-877-4 NTELOS or 1-800-262-2200
Nyecom Teleservices, Inc.
OneWave Networks, LLC
Oregon Telephone Corporation
Pine Belt Cellular Inc.
Pineland Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
Plantation Cablevision, Inc.
Prairie Grove Telephone Company
Public Service Data Inc.
Puerto Rico Telephone Company, Inc.
QX Networking & Design
Range Telephone Cooperative
RC Technologies Corporation
Reds TV & Cable, Inc.
Reserve Long Distance Telephone Co, Inc
Rural Telephone Company
San Bruno Municipal Cable TV
Scott County Telephone Coop
Scottsboro Electric Power Board
Service Electric Cable TV & Communications
Shrewsbury Electric & Cable Operations
South Central Wireless
South Slope Cooperative Telephone Company
Southwest Arkansas Telephone Cooperative, Inc
Spencer Municipal Utilities
Spruce Knob Seneca Rocks Telephone
St Joseph Cablevision
Tel-Star Cablevision, Inc
Telepak Networks, Inc.
The Ringgold Telephone Company, Inc
Time Warner Cable
Topsham Communications, LLC
Town of Pineville (dba PTC)
TV Cable Company of Andalusia, Inc.
TV Service, Inc
United Telephone Mutual Aid Corp
Phone: (800) 742 5375
Verizon FiOS TV
Phone: (800) 742 5375
VIKING Broadband, Inc.
Wabash Mutual Telephone Company
Wadsnet Internet Service
Waldron Communication Company
Waycross Cable Company, Inc
Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association
West Alabama TV Cable Company, Inc.
Website: abbeville.wctel.net/, anderson.wctel.net/, /mccormick.wctel.net/
Western Iowa Telephone Association
WideOpenWest Finance, LLC
Wilkes Telephone & Electric Company
Wire Tele-View Corp
WTC Communications Inc.
Wyandotte Municipal Services
Yelcot Video Group, Inc.
List from: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/affList
Last edited by Thomas G; 06-03-2012 at 12:00 PM.
This doesn't help. When attempting to verify access to WatchESPN access to ESPN3, we have only these choices:
Bright House Communications
Time Warner Cable
Verizon FiOS TV
That's it. No DirecTV... dead end.
DirecTV doesn't support ESPN3. DirecTV still hasn't made a deal with ESPN3 to provide it to us.
This is ticking me off because I'm missing a GRC race right now.
I have Time Warner Cable for my ISP but they don't provide ESPN3 unless you have cable TV service with them as well. I have Directv and I don't anticipate that changing any time soon! I used to have Windstream for my ISP and they provided ESPN3, but their service in our area was too slow for the various streaming media I use, so I switched to Time Warner. More "customer first" mentality from one of our media giants!
I just checked ESPN3 website. You can put in your zip code and your current TV provider (not necessarily your ISP) and it will tell you whether you have access. It says DirecTV subscribers do not currently have access. As mentioned below, you might have access anyway if you also have an XBOX live account or a Cable TV account that does offer access to ESPN3. It then gives you a box to enter your name and email address to send a message to DirecTV to tell them you wish they were subscribed to ESPN3.
DirectTV has a college bb package it wants its subscribers to buy. Espn3 access would work against this.
XBOX Live does not give you access to ESPN3 live sports unless your ISP already does.
Unfortunately, Windstream has stopped providing access to ESPN3, as of today (March 1, 2013). The Windstream representative that I spoke with indicated that it's because "ESPN3 will no longer broadcast live events". I spoke with ESPN and they indicated it's not true. So I don't know if there's some misunderstanding between the 2 companies, or it may be that since Windstream (at least in South Carolina) can provide discounted bundles with Dish Network, perhaps that comes into play. I realize that ESPN3 will black out some events that are shown on ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU in the local market, but they assured me that no changes are planned. I've emailed Windstream asking them to reconsider; if anyone who reads this is with Windstream and is disappointed, please consider contacting them and perhaps we can convince them to change their mind.
I just have comcast internet and it lets me watch it xD
just missed the second half of the BYU Virginia game because ESPN switched coverage to 3, just like they did last year. If my hundred bucks a month isn't enough to get me access to ESPN 3 and Direct doesn't give a damn, its time to switch to Comcast.
It's through your internet provider. If you have DirecTv through Verizon then you will select Verizon and enter your acct info and it should work.
I have had friends tell me that if you do not get the TV service with your ISP in some cases, they (the ISP) will not give you access to ESPN3.com. I'm not sure if this is fact or fiction? I get TV service currently through AT&T U-Verse as well as Internet and we don't have an issue with accessing ESPN3.
DirecTV does not support ESPN3 which bummed me out because I used to watch it on my phone app. Time Warner Cable does support it however.
Since DirecTV doesn't support ESPN3.com / ESPN3, I guess the best "end-around" is to simply DVR the live ESPN programming to watch. Not as good as ESPN3.com, since you miss out on the games that aren't broadcast on the lower-tier packages with DirecTV, but at least something for the consumer who wants to watch ESPN on a mobile device such as an iPad or Android tablet.
You need to research the ? before you try to put it off on something else . You have to have a tv provider to watch espn3 and a lot of other sites.
I can't get directv apps to work either so I can't watch it on my tablet.For that much $ you should be able to watch it anywhere
Actually, Time Warner will only support a cable account, not an internet account.