ESPN Error Code 1008 [SOLVED]

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Imagine you have waited a long time to watch the mostly awaited encounter. Or, you have been hyped up just to cheer up streaming your favourite sports. Whether it is soccer, basketball, football, cricket, or tennis, the people are diverse in their choices, but they do share the same pain if they encounter a startup screen error and all that hype and excitation goes down the drain.

Such is a common case with all the ESPN users who have been encountering this issue quite a lot in the shape of Error code 1008. This frequent error has forced many of the users to quit the service.

ESPN (Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is a completely dedicated channel for the sports genre. With their various other platforms like ESPN2, ESPN+, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, and many more, ESPN has been an unrivalled competitor in the broadcasting world related to sports.

Their International broadcast spreads all across the world, covering regional sports as well, like Cricket in Asian regions, football in European regions as well as other regions, soccer, basketball, and many more in the American regions and all over the world.

Their wide range of channels like broadcasting channels and their magazine channels all are the cause of its massive popularity all around the world.

But sheer popularity does not mean that it is good, especially considering the amount of criticism and backlash they have been facing these days due to the error which they have not been able to resolve for its users.

ESPN Official
ESPN Official

What Is Error Code 1008

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ESPN error

ESPN error code 1008 is an error which usually appears while starting the application. The users typically get a black screen with an error message “Startup Error. Something went wrong, the application could not startup correctly (1008)” this constantly appears on the screen.

There may be various reasons for this error code 1008 to occur, like the server of the app might be down, or there might be too much traffic on the app which will cause connection problems.

It might also be possible that your system is not functioning properly, you have not installed the app properly, or you might have mistakenly erased all your application’s data.

There is a high chance that this error has been occurring on the side of ESPN, but they have not launched a solution for it.

Although the developers have tried to upload multiple fixes to fix the error over the years, they have not been successful.

So, instead of waiting, trying and tackling the error yourself is better. Following are some fixes that might help you get back to streaming your favourite sports in no time.

How To Fix ESPN Error Code 1008

There are several fixes you can try to tackle the error code 1008 yourself. They include

  • Check the official servers.
  • Check your internet connection.
  • Restart the device.
  • Restart your router.
  • Uninstall the app.
  • Sign out of the app.
  • Check your firewall settings.
  • Update the app.
  • Contact their support.

Check The Servers

There might be a chance that the error code 1008 has temporarily occurred due to server problems. It includes the server being under maintenance or being repaired. So the best thing you can do is check the servers by using Downdetector.

Just visit the website and search for the name of the site you want to know about, and it will provide you with the update.

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ESPN server status

If it indicates that the server is down or under maintenance, then wait a while as it may be a temporary error that will be resolved itself.

But, if it does not indicates any problem with the servers, then try other fixes that might work for you.

Check Your Internet Connection

There might be a possibility that your internet connection is poor or unstable. Do a speed test of your internet connection by searching internet speed test on google. You will find out whether your internet connection is stable or not.

Although the internet requirement of ESPN is not that much, with a minimum requirement of 2Mbps, you will suffer continuous stuttering and buffering. If you want good streaming quality, then switch to a faster network.

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Internet speed test

An additional tip that you should try is switching to a wired connection. Since wireless connections are always interfered with and delayed due to various causes, try a wired connection that might provide the internet you yearn for. If the error code 1008 does not disappear, then move on to the next step.

Restart The Device:

A simple and easy fix that might do the trick for you is restarting the device. Since there is a chance that the device you are using could be glitched out and could be a potential reason for the error.

So, a better thing you should do is to restart your device and see if the error vanishes or not.

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system restart

If the error does not vanish, then move on to the next step.

Restart Your Router

It is possible for the routers to act up sometimes as they cause connectivity issues and do not give you your desired output. So, the best thing you can do is turn off your router and restart it.

It will clear all the cache and will give the router a fresh start. Even after restarting your router does not help solve the problem, then move on to the next step.

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Modem reset

Uninstall And Reinstall The App

There is a slight chance that the application you are using becomes slow, gets bugged or gets disconnected from the server. So, try to uninstall the app and reinstall it again to see if it works.

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Uninstall ESPN

Sign Out And Sign In Again:

Another possible solution to get rid of the error code 1008 is by signing out of the app, as it would delete the bug or the problematic files.

Then sign in back again after a few moments since it is possible that the app needs to be refreshed as it may have lost its connection with the servers.

So, by doing this, the app refreshes itself, and most of the errors are likely to be removed.

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Logout ESPN

Check Your Firewall Setting

Another reason for error code 1008 might be your firewall blocking ESPN from being accessed. However, it does not usually occur, but it tries to use this fix just to be sure.

You can log into your router by opening up its configuration page and typing onto a browser window. You will need a user name and password for entering, so make sure you know that.

It is usually “admin” for both. Go through the apps and try to tinker with your firewall settings (if necessary).

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Windows firewall settings

Update The App

One of the basic things you should try is updating the app, so if it is bugged, there might be a new fix provided in the update. It can solve any error, let alone error code 1008. Make sure you update the app to the latest version and make sure to check your device compatibility with it.

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ESPN update

Clear Your Cache And Restart

Another thing you can do to tackle the error code 1008 is to clear the cache of the app. It would help remove problematic files and temporary glitches. After clearing the cache, restart your device to see if it worked or not.

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Clear Cache


Contact Their Support

And last but not least, if the above methods do not help you fix your error code 1008, try to contact the officials by contacting their help care centre. There might be a chance that they have a solution to what you could not fix. So, contact them and tell them about your problem and hope that they are able to help in any way possible.

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ESPN help and support


ESPN has its own fair share of problems like every other streaming site, and yes, it is not perfect. Sometimes you get the error, and sometimes you do not, at all.

But to those suffering from this error, 1008 can try these general fixes themselves so that they can counter them themselves.

We hope that we have been clear and helpful with our tips and tricks, so try them and see if they work or not.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ESPN?

ESPN ((Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is a completely dedicated channel for the sports genre. It provides up-to-date sports news coverage, highlights, commentary, and much more on your favourite sports, be it football, soccer, tennis, basketball, cricket or any other major sports.

Can multiple users use ESPN?

Yes, they can. ESPN allows up to five different profiles on one primary account. It also has features where the primary account can control what the others can access throughout the app. You can also use the feature of family accounts which puts the primary account holder in charge of all the permissions that are to be granted or not, based on you.

What is the difference between ESPN and ESPN+?

The basic difference between the ESPN and ESPN+ app is their availability and exclusivity. While the ESPN channel is free and does not require any kind of subscription, ESPN+ is a reserved app for its subscribers that offers premium and on-demand content.

What does ESPN+ offer?

ESPN+ is an exclusive and reserved site that provides on-demand content, like match highlights and news, stories and many more. But the content is limited to the subscribers only.

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