Cable or satellite subscribers can access ESPN3 remotely by using their video provider sign-in information on WatchESPN. As of July 1, 2015, ESPN no longer offers remote access to users without participating cable or satellite subscriptions, but these users can still access ESPN3 on their home networks.
In addition to ESPN3, WatchESPN also gives users unlimited home and remote access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, the SEC Network, and many other sports and news networks under the ESPN banner. Like remote access to ESPN3, accessing these other networks requires that users subscribe to a multiple channel video service, such as cable or satellite television. WatchESPN gives users online access to any network that their video provider carries. For instance, if a user's cable company includes ESPNU as part of its television package, the user can watch ESPNU through WatchESPN both in her home and remotely. However, any ESPN networks not a part of the user's television package are not available to that user through WatchESPN.
In addition to providing subscribers of participating Internet service providers and cable or satellite networks with ESPN3, ESPN also provides complimentary ESPN3 access to college students and those serving in the United States military. Complimentary access only applies to ESPN3 content, and not streaming content from any of ESPN's other networks.