How to watch Nathan's Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest: Stream the live event from anywhere

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The 2020 Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest may not be in front of a live audience this year, but that doesn't leave you without a way to watch. As with previous years, ESPN will be airing the competition live from Coney Island in New York, marking the 17th consecutive year the channel has aired this event.

Hosted by Nathan's Famous, the competition will kick off with the women's competiton followed by the men's, with ESPN commentator Mike Golic Jr. doing the play-by-play and Major League Eating's Richard Shea proving an in-depth analysis during the show. Joey Chestnut will be competing for his record 13th title that afternoon against five others, while Miki Sudo will be competing for her 7th title in the women's competition.

For the first time in history, supported by DraftKings, the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest is open for legal betting in three states: New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Colorado.

Nathan's Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest: When & where

Though the competition will be taking place at an undisclosed location on Coney Island this year rather than its usual spot, we know exactly when and where you can watch the contest. ESPN will air the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest live on Saturday, July 4 beginning at noon ET. The women's contest will air first followed by the men's contest.

If you miss the live broadcast of the competition, the contest will air again later the same day on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET and on ESPNNews at 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET. It can also be watched on Sunday, July 5 on ESPNNews at 12 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET and on ESPN2 at 11 p.m. ET.

How to watch Nathan's Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest live from anywhere

If you're in the U.S., checking out Sling TV below will let you stream ESPN live when Nathan's Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest airs on Saturday afternoon. However, those who aren't in the U.S. currently might have a bit more trouble watching the competition where they're located. Luckily, using a VPN makes it simple to change your location virtually, and gives you instant access to services like Sling TV. Whether you are traveling or live outside of the U.S., this is what you need to know.

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Live stream Nathan's Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest in the U.S.

Streaming ESPN live in the U.S. is extremely easy, and you can watch on nearly any device you want now. There are several streaming services that allow you to watch ESPN live if you can't watch it through your cable provider, including Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, and YouTube TV.

Sling TV is by far our favorite of the three. It's one of the most affordable live TV streaming services out there with plans starting at just $30 per month, though ESPN is specifically available on the Sling Orange plan. ESPN2 and ESPN3 are included with this package as well. Right now, Sling has a 14-day free trial that lets you start your membership and catch the competition live without paying a dime.

On the other hand, if you would rather save money on your first month of service, Sling is offering $10 off right now and a free month of Showtime and Starz. With your Sling TV subscription, you'll be able to watch on smart TVs, your smartphone or tablet, your computer, and streaming devices.

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Alex Smith
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