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ESPN Not Working on Roku TV

If you have ESPN and a Roku TV, you’ve probably encountered the app not working on your Roku TV at some point. Let’s talk about why this may be happening. 

Roku TV ESPN Not Working

If ESPN has stopped working on your Roku, it may be because you currently have a VPN turned on, because changes have been made to your ESPN account, or because the internet isn’t working properly. This can be fixed by resetting your Roku, disabling the VPN, & logging in again to your ESPN account. 

Let’s talk about these reasons in a little more depth. Then we’ll examine the solutions. 

Why ESPN Isn’t Working on Your Roku TV

Roku TV Why ESPN Not Working

If ESPN isn’t working on your Roku TV, it’s probably due to only a handful of issues.

The VPN Is Turned On

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are enormously helpful, but many apps and networks don’t work outside of the United States. 

The problem with VPNs is that they jump your network connection point worldwide. When the Roku TV detects that your network connection is coming from somewhere else in the world, it may not allow you to open up ESPN or some other apps. 

Changes Have Been Made to Your ESPN Account

Roku TV Changes ESPN Account

Have you made recent changes to your ESPN account? This could be why ESPN suddenly isn’t working on your account. 

If you’ve recently updated your ESPN password, the changes may not be reflected yet on your account. If this is the case, you can expect that the channel will begin to work but won’t load any content. 

Signing out and back in is usually the solution, and we’ll discuss this more in a moment. 

The Internet Is the Cause

We often assume that the problem lies with the Roku TV or the ESPN app. However, another factor must be considered – the internet connection.

WiFi connections are unfortunately prone to going in and out, and sometimes you won’t notice this immediately, especially if you browse your phone. You may have been using cellular data the entire time and not realized the connection is bad.

You should be able to test the internet connection by going into your Roku TV settings. The home menu in the top right-hand corner should say something like “Not Connected” if the internet isn’t working.

While the internet connection can go in and out, and this can cause significant problems with ESPN and other apps, the Roku TV can also come disconnected. Roku TVs are a type of Smart TV, but this doesn’t mean they always stay connected. If the TV has been reset recently, you’ll need to go back into your network settings and put the WiFi password in again. 

How To Fix ESPN Not Working on a Roku TV

Roku TV Fix ESPN Not Working

Now that we’ve discussed why ESPN may not be working on your Roku TV, let’s discuss some ways to test the problems and solutions you can implement. 

Gizmo Geek Guide posted this on February 9, 2023 as the original owner of this article.

Most of these solutions will correspond with the problem, and you’ve probably already gotten the gist of what you’ll need to do. Let’s jump in. 

1. Turn Off Your VPN

As I mentioned, VPNs are one of the significant reasons that ESPN doesn’t play on your Roku TV. The number one indicator of the VPN being the problem is that sometimes ESPN will work perfectly, and other times it will tell you that the country isn’t supported

While VPNs have plenty of use, they’re not always ideal when attempting to stream something that only plays in a specific area. Let’s talk about how you can turn this feature off, at least temporarily. 

In some cases, you can disable a VPN by simply going into the settings on your device and turning it off. Roku is a little bit different, however. Unlike other devices, Roku requires you to reset the factory settings to turn off a VPN on the Roku TV or device. 

However, after resetting the Roku one time, you should be able to turn it off without an issue in the future. To disable the VPN on Roku, follow the instructions below. 

  1. Go into Services
  2. Select Disable under the Start OpenVPN client section. 

From here, you shouldn’t have other problems. Check out this helpful article for more information on disabling a VPN on any device. 

2. Sign Out of ESPN

We talked about this briefly. If you’ve recently reset your ESPN password or made other changes to your account, it can take some time for the changes to sync with the account. This is especially true if you made those changes from your phone app or computer. 

If the changes haven’t appropriately synced, you may find that ESPN will have suddenly stopped working. If this is the case, you simply need to sign out of your ESPN account and log back in

You’ll want to make sure you do this on your Roku TV rather than on your phone or computer because you want the changes to sync directly to the TV. 

3. Restart or Reset Your Roku TV

If all other options fail, resetting your Roku TV is a cure-all for problems like this. Resetting a device back to factory defaults always presents some challenges, and I wouldn’t suggest doing this except as a last resort. 

However, one thing that I would suggest is to restart your Roku TV. This can fix many issues and won’t take away from any data you already have stored on your TV. I would suggest doing this through a process known as power cycling

Power cycling is just the process of unplugging your TV for around sixty seconds and then plugging it back in. The main thing that a power-cycling session does for your TV is a hard reset without losing any of your data. 

This is one of the best solutions if you have apps such as ESPN that aren’t working. If this doesn’t work, you may need to factory reset the TV, but again, I would use this as a last resort

Final Thoughts

When ESPN isn’t working on your Roku TV, it’s usually because you have a VPN enabled, because the internet isn’t working, or because you’ve made changes to your account. 

While there are many solutions to these problems, I would suggest disabling any VPNs you have, resetting the internet modem or making a wired connection, signing out of ESPN and logging back in, or resetting your TV. 

Gizmo Geek Guide uploaded this as an original article on February 9, 2023.

Any or all of these solutions may be necessary to correct the problem. In general, when apps like ESPN aren’t working, it’s just a troubleshooting process to find the right cause.

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