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Xfinity TV is surely everything you can imagine and more. With the plethora of entertainment options that you can find on Xfinity X1 and Flex, it is no surprise that Xfinity is such a popular choice among US households. One of the greatest things that Xfinity TV plans have to offer is that they come with an X1 TV box that gets you some of the best entertainment possible. While Xfinity Flex is more of a video-on-demand (VOD) service, Xfinity X1 gets you all of the channels possible with the cable connection for your qualifying TV plan.

Xfinity X1 is not just a TV streaming box, it has a lot more to offer. The X1 box comes with app integration which makes your cable TV experience that much better. You can browse multiple apps on your X1, included in your monthly plan. There are quite a few fun apps that you can find on Xfinity X1, like Disney+ and HBO Max. For sports-powered adrenaline junkies, Xfinity X1 comes with a handy ESPN app, which is quite convenient.

Since being new to Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex can sometimes be confusing, we have taken it upon ourselves to help you through the process. In this article, we discuss how you can access the ESPN app on Xfinity X1 and Flex and make the most of your service. 

What Is the ESPN App?

The ESPN app is an application that lets you access thousands of live events as well as shows from the world of sports. It brings you content from ESPN+, as well as all ESPN sister collabs including ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNews, ESPN Desportes, and more. You can get scores of your favorite games, news, highlights, and even expert analysis. The ESPN app is very comprehensive and easy to navigate and every sports lover’s dream.

The ESPN app is free of cost to a certain extent. However, since the app offers on-demand and live content from many of its subscription-based sister apps,  there is a limit to the free stuff you can consume. To access most of the functions on the application including on-demand shows, you need to have a TV subscription. As long as you have a qualifying  Xfinity TV plan, you are good to go.

id="scroll2" class="scroll-margin-top">What Xfinity X1 TV Boxes Are Incompatible with the ESPN App?

Since the ESPN application is a much more recent advent, some of the older TV box systems are unable to support the API of the app. These Xfinity X1 TV box models include the following.

  • RNG150, as well as the listed models below:

- Pace RNG150N-C

- Pace RNG150N-M

- Samsung RNG150N-C

- Samsung RNG150N-M

  • Pace Xi3

- Models PX031ANI & PX032ANI

  • Samsung XG2v2

- Models SX022ANC & SX022ANM

  • Arris XG1v1

- Models MX011ANM & MX011ANC

  • Pace XG1v1

- Models PX001ANM & PX001ANC

How to Access the ESPN App on Xfinity X1 and Flex?

To access the ESPN application on Xfinity X1 and the Flex, you need to have a couple of things. You need Xfinity Internet and Xfinity TV but that is not all. To access the ESPN app and related stuff on Xfinity you also need the ESPN network to be included in your Xfinity TV plan. You can add the ESPN channel to your plan when you are ordering services.

If you are looking for something more advanced like ESPN+, you will need a separate subscription for that too. An ESPN+ subscription will give you access to all the content available on ESPN+.

As a potential customer, you can access the ESPN app in three simple ways. These are described below for your ease.

1. As a rule, ESPN3 and certain On-Demand videos are totally free. This means that you do not require a subscription or even an ESPN TV service.

2. If you make ESPN a part of your Xfinity TV service, you’ll have access to all first-rate ESPN content. This includes live ESPN streaming, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNews, SEC+, channels, and more, along with On Demand titles. You can watch all this through the ESPN app on your compatible Xfinity X1 TV Box and Flex Streaming Box. You will only need to enter your Xfinity ID and passcode for the TV Provider authorizations.

3. ESPN+ app is a subscription-driven service offered by ESPN. A premium tier, if you will. You are required to have a subscription to ESPN+ to watch any content exclusive to the app. If you do decide to become an ESPN+ subscriber, you will also be able to purchase any pay-per-view titles offered on the ESPN+ app.

Getting Started with the ESPN App on Xfinity X1 and Flex

Getting started with the ESPN app on Xfinity X1 and Flex may sound a little tricky. However, we have a shortlist of things you can do to set up the ESPN app on your Xfinity devices.

  1. Select the ESPN app from your list of available apps on the X1 or Flex menu.
  2. Sign in to the app with your TV provider credentials, in this case, your Xfinity Username and Password.
  3. Use your remote to navigate and choose between subscribing if you don’t already have a subscription or signing into the app if you do.
  4. That is it! You can start watching your favorite shows any time you want.

What Can You Watch on the ESPN App on Xfinity TV?

The ESPN app offers a great variety for you to watch, which truly is a dream come true for a sports fan. With all the hype surrounding sports programming in an average American household, it is no surprise that the ESPN network and app are so popular. You can catch most games with live streaming and there is a wonderful on-demand collection too. Some of the things you can watch on the ESPN app on Xfinity X1 or Flex include;

  • Pardon the Interruption where you get to witness celebrated sportswriters Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon hold a thrilling discussion on the top sports stories of the day.
  • NFL Live on ESPN2 gets you Suzy Kolber and Wendi Nix along with a panel of analysts. They break down the hottest news from the world of the NFL. Get mind-boggling insight with their comments on teams, coaches, players, and a lot more.
  • Once upon a Time in Queens, Long Gone Summer, The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius, and more of such touching ESPN docuseries, like 30 for 30. Featured episodes are also available including I Hate Christian Laettner, Of Miracles and Men, Survive and Advance, and many others. A subscription to the ESPN app on Xfinity lets you tune into the entire library of 30 for 30 whenever you feel like it.


With the ESPN app on Xfinity, get a taste of your favorite leagues - whether it is NBA, MLS, NFL, or NHL. Alternatively, if you are feeling a little adventurous, tune into the latest from the world of college sports, soccer, tennis, boxing, and more! Indulge in a little fantasy football from time to time and vote for your favorite teams right on the app. ESPN app on Xfinity is unlimited entertainment for sports enthusiasts!


Enjoy the ESPN+ App on Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex

If you love sports but want a more premium tier of the ESPN service, ESPN+ is just the thing for you. You will need to pay for the service separately; however, for the sake of your ease, you can add it with your Xfinity plan to get it all on one bill.

You not only get everything you do with the ESPN app but a lot more along with it. You can enjoy live and on-demand content, anywhere and anytime. Watch past sporting events, documentaries, and other things on the ESPN+ app on Xfinity X1 and Flex.

Some of the original production shows you can enjoy on ESPN+ include:

  • Peyton’s Places with Peyton Manning
  • Bettor Days With Mike Greenberg
  • Detail with Vince Carter
  • Ariel & The Bad Guy with Ariel Helwani

ESPN+ app quite like the ESPN app is not a necessary subscription for your Xfinity TV plan. However, if you are a sports fan and always need to stay in the loop of the games, it might as well be a good investment to make. There are also a bunch of Spanish sports channels like ESPN Deportes for Spanish-speaking customers. You can learn more about Spanish content on Xfinity by speaking to an expert at Xfinity servicio al cliente


Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex have rewritten the entertainment experience we love to live. The Xfinity X1, helps you enjoy traditional cable TV with just a sprinkle of modern magic. It lets you explore thousands of channels, which opens up new horizons of entertainment for you.

If you are always looking out for adventure, Xfinity has a steaming one for you! You can choose to opt for a streaming subscription on top of your Xfinity TV Plan. And of course, you get Xfinity Flex with Xfinity internet to enjoy on-demand content along with high internet speeds.

Xfinity takes care of all your TV and internet needs in one place. Explore the finest options of Xfinity internet and TV bundles for the best entertainment experience possible!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Why can I not access the ESPN app on my Xfinity X1 box?

You have to ensure that your Xfinity X1 box is compatible with the ESPN app. The list of incompatible devices is given in the article above. If you do have a compatible box, make sure you also have an active subscription to the ESPN app. The app will not function without a subscription.

2. Can I access the ESPN app with Xfinity Internet?

If you have only Xfinity internet service, you can still use the ESPN app. However, you will need the Xfinity Flex box to use the service which is readily available with Xfinity Internet. Some content on the ESPN app may be limited until you get a TV plan.

3. Can I order the ESPN and ESPN+ apps through Xfinity?

Yes, you can subscribe to both or either of the apps through Xfinity X1 or Xfinity Flex. It would then add to your monthly bill, all of which you can pay in one place.

4. Does watching content on the ESPN app count toward my monthly data?

Yes, since the content streams over the Internet, it will count toward your monthly data usage.

For more information, call Xfinity customer service at 844-207-8721.