Programming from ESPN2 can be viewed in the WatchESPN section of the official ESPN website, but users must sign in using their accounts from such television service providers as AT&T, Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network and Time Warner Cable. WatchESPN is also available on Amazon devices, Android, iOS, Chromecast and Xbox.
ESPN2 can also be livestreamed using applications or services from service providers. ESPN2 acts as an outlet for sports that are not mainstream in the United States or that ESPN could not include in its normal coverage. These sports include soccer, poker, college and women's basketball, and extreme sports such as surfing, snowboarding and skiing.
The channel launched in 1993 and was intended to be a sports outlet targeted toward a younger demographic. The channel began to switch over to its current format in the late 1990s. One of the most mainstream sports broadcast on the channel is Major League Baseball, but a large portion of its programming is aimed at soccer, featuring American leagues such as Major League Soccer and international leagues such as the Premier League, La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. The channel's programming also includes a collection of talk shows that revolve around these sports.