How To Download Videos from ESPN
ESPN offers access to hundreds of games from across sport and across the world. With access to everything from football, baseball to skiing and curling, you get to see it here. Streams are intangible and won’t be around forever so for those very important games, you might like to download them from ESPN. This tutorial will show you how.
ESPN+ may only be $5 a month but there is never a guarantee that content will be there from one day to the next. If there is something you absolutely must keep for future use, your only real option is to download it. Streaming services regularly remove content and replace it with new, so keeping hold of it is essential.
Downloading content from streaming services is usually against their terms of service and certainly morally questionable. Nevertheless, TechJunkie believes in the freedom of information. What you do with that information is entirely up to you!
You have options when downloading videos from ESPN or anywhere. You can use a website, an app, a downloadable program or a screen recorder. I tend to suggest websites or screen recorders and they don’t require an install and offer slightly more security than an app or install. You might think differently though.
Downloading videos from ESPN
One thing to note about downloading videos from ESPN is that streaming services are fighting a constant battle with us to prevent us downloading content from them. While all of these options work now, they may not work in a month or two. Screen recording usually will as it all happens on a computer but the apps and programs may not.
FetchFile is a web app that has been designed specifically to download from ESPN. It’s a web downloader that will require the video URL but will otherwise make short work of downloading a game or one of the many features that ESPN has. As long as you can get the URL, you’re golden.
- Navigate to FetchFile here.
- Copy the URL from the ESPN video and paste it into the box.
- Select Download video and wait for the site to identify it.
- Select a video format and quality if available and download.
Depending on the time of day and size of the video, this could take a couple of minutes or longer. The site seems to be busiest at the weekend or early evening so it makes sense to try outside of those times. Otherwise, this site managed to download all five of my test videos without a problem.
VidPaw is another website tuned for ESPN videos. It uses the same process as FetchFile, the video URL, to download from ESPN. This website will default your download to MP4 file which is the best balance between size and quality and makes short work of it too.
- Navigate to VidPaw here.
- Copy the URL from ESPN and paste it into the box in the center.
- Select Download.
Again, the download speed varies depending on how busy the website or ESPN is. Weekends do seem busier than other times although I tried early evenings just in case and they were fine.
Screen recording to capture ESPN videos
While these websites do a credible job of downloading ESPN videos, there is an eternal game of cat and mouse between the streamer and these websites. If you find either of the above no longer work, the developers will likely find a way around that but it takes time. In the meantime, you could just record your screen to capture the action.
Windows 10 has a built in screen recorder, as does Mac with QuickTime. As I use Windows, I’ll describe how to use that. The end result will be close to MP4 quality but not quite. It should be good enough for most uses though.
- Prepare the video in ESPN ready for recording.
- Open the Windows Game Bar by hitting Windows key + G.
- Select ‘Yes this is a game’ if prompted by the Game Bar. It makes no difference whether it is a game or not as far as I can tell.
- Select Start recording in the bar or hit Windows key + Alt + R.
- Play the video in ESPN.
You will obviously need to play through the entire video to record it all but once done, you can save it to MP4 and keep it for as long as you like.
Those are the most reliable ways I know of to download videos from ESPN. They are also the safest.
Know of any other reliable ways to download videos from ESPN? Tell us about them below if you do!