Read our ESPN+ FAQ for La Liga for all of the answers to your questions about watching Spain’s top league in the United States.
ESPN+ is now the place to stream Spain’s La Liga in the United States. “We are absolutely thrilled to bring La Liga to ESPN in the U.S.,” said La Liga president Javier Tebas. “This is an historic eight-season agreement in U.S. soccer broadcasting that speaks to the power of La Liga and its clubs in the largest media market in the world and will bring the world’s best soccer league to American screens in a more comprehensive and modern way than ever before.”
So what is ESPN+ and how do you watch La Liga matches? Let’s find out.
ESPN+ FAQ for La Liga
Q: What is ESPN+?
A: ESPN+ is the American sports broadcasting giant’s streaming service. Along with La Liga matches, the ESPN+ platform also offers many live games/events from multiple sports, as well as the popular 30 for 30 documentary library and original content.
Q: Tell me about live La Liga games on ESPN+
A: ESPN+ is the United States home of La Liga (English and Spanish-language coverage) beginning for the 2021/22 season. The eight-year agreement to stream the popular Spanish league means that there won’t be any confusing moves to other broadcasting companies until at least 2029. If you want to watch La Liga matches in the United States, you will need ESPN+ for the foreseeable future.
The company says that every La Liga match will be available live on ESPN+. Select La Liga 2 (also known as Segunda Division), Spain’s second-tiered soccer league, will also be on the streaming service. Along with La Liga, and the few La Liga 2 games, ESPN also currently holds the rights to broadcast Copa del Rey matches as well.
Q: When will ESPN+ start streaming La Liga content?
A: ESPN+ began streaming shows regarding La Liga as of May 15th, 2021. Live matches will be available live when the 2021/22 season starts on August 13th, 2021.
Q: What replays of games will be available on ESPN+?
A: Miss a match? No need to worry. All La Liga game replays will be available on-demand with ESPN+.
Q: Will La Liga matches be available on traditional ESPN channels?
A: ESPN will reportedly air some La Liga matches on their family of broadcast channels throughout each season. It’s expected to be similar to the Bundesliga where roughly four games a season will be on television (as well as ESPN+).
Q: Does this mean that Barca TV, Real Madrid TV, and Sevilla TV will be found on ESPN+?
A: No. Real Madrid TV and Sevilla TV will still be available on Fanatiz, and Barca TV remains exclusively on the team’s official website.
Q: For viewers who join La Liga games in progress on ESPN+, will they automatically be able to choose between watching the game from the start or watching it live?
A: As of now, there is not an actual option to choose to start watching from the beginning of a game. However, depending on which device you are using, most users can simply use the rewind button to start a match from the beginning again.
Q: For live games on ESPN+, are player controls available to rewind or pause or fast-forward?
A: ESPN+ subscribers do have the ability to pause, rewind, or fast-forward during live sporting events.
Q: How much is ESPN+?
A: ESPN+ is currently $6.99 per month.
No free trial is available.
Q: Is there an annual plan available so you can save more money?
A: Yes. There is also an annual option for $69.99 per year. If you purchase an annual plan prior to the price increase, it will lock you in for a year. Users can also bundle ESPN+, Disney+, and Hulu together (called the Disney+ Bundle) for $13.99 per month.
Q: Do I need a cable or satellite subscription to access ESPN+?
A: No. ESPN+ is not available on any cable/satellite provider plan. The streaming service is a separate over-the-top subscription platform.
Q: How do I access ESPN+?
A: ESPN+ can be streamed on Roku, Playstation 4 or 5, Xbox One or Series X/S, Oculus Go, Samsung Smart TV, Xfinity Flex/Xfinity X1, Amazon Fire TV/Fire Tablet, Google Chromecast, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Android devices.
Q: Will any of the games stream in 4K on ESPN+?
A: ESPN+ does not currently offer 4K streaming.
Q: What resolution are the games streamed in?
A: ESPN+ streams mostly in 60fps 1080p, but, if needed due to bandwidth constraints, the streams downgrade on some content to 720p.
Q: Where can I find the schedule of La Liga games on ESPN+ and their traditional television channels?
A: World Soccer Talk always provides updated schedules for La Liga matches, as well as any other big soccer competition around the world. View the current La Liga schedule.
Q: What programming is available on ESPN+ other than live La Liga matches?
A: Along with live and on-demand La Liga games, ESPN+ also offers German Bundesliga, MLS, England’s Championship, FA Cup, and Carabao Cup, Dutch Eredivisie, Scottish Premiership, UEFA National Team games, and the USL, among many other leagues.
Additional La Liga programming includes La Liga season preview and review, El Clásico specials, La Liga highlights show, classic La Liga Matches, and select content from La Liga TV.
As far as non-soccer content, ESPN+ currently carries live sports from Major League Baseball, PGA Golf, ATP Tennis, MMA, and multiple college sports. The aforementioned 30 for 30 library and original content is also available to stream on ESPN+.
Q: Streaming is getting so expensive. What recommendations do you have to cut costs?
A: Traditional cable and satellite subscriptions have been expensive for years. Not only are subscribers normally locked into annual contracts, but most people end up paying for channels that they don’t actually watch.
Streaming services such as fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV certainly help bring costs down; however, there are still issues with paying for content that you don’t necessarily use. For fans that almost strictly watch soccer, we recommend the Soccer Mega Pack, which includes the Premier League, MLS, La Liga, and Champions League all for about $25 per month.
Q: What if I have a question that isn’t answered above in the ESPN+ La Liga FAQ for soccer fans?
A: If we have missed something that you really need to know about ESPN+’s La Liga coverage, please sound off in the comment section below and we will try our best to answer your questions.
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