How to watch and download ESPN for free!

Updated on 2023-06-29
This article will show you how to watch and download ESPN for free.

In this article, we will show you how to watch and download ESPN for free.

What is ESPN?

ESPN stands for "Entertainment and Sports Programming Network" and is the most popular sports channel in the United States.

  • NFL (American football)
  • NBA (Basketball)
  • MLB (Baseball)

Monday Night Football is especially popular.

Major League Baseball has become popular due to the success of Japanese players, but American football and basketball are rarely seen.

Therefore, ESPN is the recommended sports program for sports fans.

ESPN is only available in the U.S., but you can watch it from Japan by using a VPN service.

Watching ESPN Online

There are two main ways to watch ESPN in Japan. Both of them require a fee (it is also a pay channel in its home country of the United States).

Watching on ESPN PLAYER

The first and easiest way is to use ESPN PLAYER. This is also available as an app and is relatively easy to use. The subscription fee is $13.99 per month (about 1,500 yen) / $99.99 per year (about 11,000 yen).

Thorough explanation of how to register!

Register an account at the ESPN Player website.

First, create an account.

Enter the information in the red boxed area.

Then enter your credit card information and address, and your registration is complete!

Download the app on your smartphone, sign in with your registered account, and you won't miss a single Rui Yamura game on the go!

*If you only want to try free viewing, you must cancel within 7 days!

Watch online with Vpn

Watching ESPN online is easy, but often requires a pay TV certificate to access the core channels. To get ESPN without cable, sign up for an Internet-only VOD service such as Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, or DirecTV Stream.

These services do not require a long-term contract or a physical cable or satellite connection. Many also offer free trial periods so you can watch ESPN for free for a few weeks.

    VOD services

VOD Services Prices

Sling TV

30 per month (about 3,200 yen)

Hulu + Live TV

1,026/month (tax included)

YouTube TV

65 per month

DirecTV Stream

99.99 per month

  $65/month (including tax)

You can watch ESPN online for the price of the VOD service mentioned above plus vpn fee.

Downloadable ESPN



StreamGaGa can be downloaded from DMM as well as other video services such as Fanza, Netflx, and amazon prime video. It supports recording up to 1080p, so you can save your content in high quality.

Once you have installed StreamGaGa, launch the program. Click on the three-pronged settings button in the upper right corner and select the "General" menu. Then set the language to Japanese, and the program will be displayed in Japanese from now on.

Next, click on "Streaming Service" and set the resolution and other settings. In the "Streaming Services" section, you will see various icons for video sharing sites.

Click on the icon for DMM among them. Click here. You will then be taken to the DMM website, where you can log in and find your favorite movies.

Finally, click the "Download" button in the lower right corner to start the download process.

MacX Video Converter Pro

The reason why it is difficult to download dmm videos is because of DRM restrictions, and MacX Video Converter Pro is the software that can remove DRM.

As you can see from the name "Mac", it is designed for Mac users. However, Windows users can also download the software as long as they are using Windows 11 or later versions. The interface is simple and easy to understand, so even beginners will quickly learn how to use it.

First, install the software. At first, a screen in English should appear. Click "Help" at the top of the menu, then "Japanese," and the screen will be converted to Japanese. If you are not confident in your language skills, you should complete the Japanese conversion first.

Click on "Recorder" at the top of the top screen. Then the settings screen will appear, and you can customize how you would like to playback the video.

If you want to record the entire image, select "Keep Full Screen. There is a "Target Folder" field that allows you to specify where you want the video to be saved. If it is somewhere other than the default, change it beforehand.

Once you have completed the settings, click on the button at the bottom center. This is the record button. Click "STOP" to stop recording. In addition to video conversion, you can also perform various editing functions, so be sure to install the software.

WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro

This software is also a tool for converting and saving various types of videos, and is said to be able to record videos from Netflix, Hulu, etc., in addition to dmm. You can also record videos without any complications, so you may want to consider installing this software.

Once you have installed WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro, launch the software. Click on "Recording" in the menu. Next, a settings window will appear, where you can set the recording range, quality, destination, etc.

Once you have completed the settings, you will see a "□" button at the top of the screen. This is the record button, and when clicked, a countdown will start from 5 seconds before recording begins. Play the dmm video you want to record during the countdown and it will be recorded automatically.

If you want to convert the format, click "Convert" on the main screen. Then load the target video and select the desired output format.

There are more than 500 supported formats, so we recommend that you convert a wide range of formats, from major to minor.

Wondershare DemoCreator

If you are concerned about image quality when saving dmm videos, Wondershare DemoCreator is one of our recommendations. It is popular because it can record dmm videos in high quality and is easy to use.

The interface is simple and easy to understand, so even beginners will find it intuitive to use, and it can record not only video services such as dmm, but also games and online meetings.

Once installed, launch the software. Then click on "Capture" in the menu. You will then be taken to the recording tool screen. Next, set the "Frame Rate".

You can record dmm videos without changing the default settings. If you are not sure, you can leave it at the default. If you increase the frame rate, you can save your dmm video with higher quality.

In the menu, you will find "Microphone". You can also insert your own voice into the dmm video by setting the microphone audio to be included. Once you have made all the settings, click the red button labeled "REC" to start recording.

Once recorded, you can set the destination where you want to save the video. Click the "Browse" button in the lower right corner of "Destination" to change the destination freely. Once recording is complete, you can edit the recording, including format conversion. You can also cut out parts you don't need, add subtitles, etc.


Bandicam can also save dmm videos. It can save videos in high quality, and many user reviews have given it high marks. It is also simple to use, so it is easy to understand even for beginners who do not usually use computers.

It is recommended for those who want to save dmm videos easily, as it only takes a few minutes to select the quality of the video.

After installing and launching, first specify the recording area. You can move the frame line with the mouse, but the inside of the line is the target to be saved. Next, select the "Settings" tab to set the image and sound quality. In this section, the "File" item allows you to convert formats.

This software allows you to choose between "AVI" and "MP4". You can choose MP4 if you want to play it on various media players, or AVI if you intend to edit it. If you want to change the size of the video, you can select it in the "Video" section.

The "Frame Rate" selection, generally it seems to be 30. However, if you want to make your dmm video smooth, you can set it to 60.

Once the settings are complete, click the "REC" button. Then playback the dmm video and the target piece will be saved. If you want to interrupt or stop recording in the middle, click the "STOP" button. You should now be able to save the dmm video to your own computer.


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