August 27, 2018

Best Ways to Watch Sports Online

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Here are the best ways of watching sports online. In this article, we list the best providers offering this service.

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Cutting the cable

Cutting the cable doesn't mean you won't be able to watch sports. In fact, many streaming services deliver your favorite sports directly to your PC and mobile devices. You'll be able to watch games from the NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA and others.

Here are a few providers offering this service.

Sling TV

Sling TV has over 25 sports options available. You'll find most of their sports content from channels like the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NCAA football and basketball.

Here are some of the sports channels offered by Sling:

  • NFL Network
  • ESPN
  • FS1
  • Golf
  • TBS
  • CNBC

You'll find these channels scattered across their Orange and Blue packages. The ESPN channel, for example, is in their Orange pack. Meanwhile, the NFL Network and FS1 channels are in their Blue pack. For the most sports content, you'll have to subscribe to both.

You can also upgrade your package with the Sling TV Sports Extra pack. It gives you additional sports channels, depending on your core package. Here's a list of channels the package offers:

  • NBA TV
  • NFL RedZone
  • SEC Network
  • SEC Network+
  • Pac-12
  • ESPNU
  • ESPNEWS
  • NHL Network
  • beIN SPORTS
  • ESPN Goal Line
  • ESPN Bases Loaded
  • Stadium
  • Outside Television
  • Motorsport TV

You might also have access to local sports broadcasts, depending on where you are. You can catch these broadcasts on Fox Sports, but only in select markets. They're also subject to blackout restrictions.

In a nutshell, Sling TV might not offer as much content as a traditional cable or satellite provider. However, it does offer enough for you to keep up with your favorite games. Casual sports fans will be happy with Sling TV's offerings, with the right package.

FuboTV

This list wouldn't be complete without FuboTV. It's an online streaming TV service focusing on live sports. You'll find sports from the NFL, MLB, NBA, MLS, and many others.

However, FuboTV isn't a sports-only service. It's a live TV service provider, with regular channels and programs as well. You'll find non-sports channels such as FX, SyFy, A&E, and HGTV. They also have local CBS, NBC, and Fox channels in select markets.

Despite being all about sports, FuboTV does have one major drawback - it doesn't have ESPN, TBS, or the MLB network. Where FuboTV really shines is in sports channels that are hard to get elsewhere. It's also one of the best providers for soccer content in the U.S.

You can't get channels like Fox Soccer Plus or Eleven Sports on Sling TV, for example. You also won't find beIN Sports or Eleven Sports on DIRECTV Now. However, FuboTV offers all these channels - with the right upgrades, of course.

Here are some other sports channels offered by FuboTV:

  • beIN Sports
  • CBS Sports Network
  • Eleven Sports
  • FS1
  • Golf
  • NBA TV
  • NBC Sports
  • NFL Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • Pac-12 Network

In short, FuboTV is great if you love soccer, or love watching a variety of sports. You'll get the most sports-channels-per-dollar with FuboTV than similar providers like Sling TV or DIRECTV Now. However, if you're looking for ESPN or MLB, then you're better off with another provider.

PlayStation Vue

Like other providers we've listed here, PlayStation Vue is a live streaming TV service. Sports fans would want to get their Core package and above - that's where they include all the important sports channels.

Here are some of the channels in their "Core" package:

  • BTN (Big 10 Network)
  • CBS Sports
  • ESPN
  • FS1
  • MLB Network
  • NBA TV
  • NFL Network
  • TBS

Also, by subscribing to the Core plan and above, you're eligible for their Sports Pack addon. The Sports Pack gives you the following channels:

  • Eleven Sports
  • ESPN Bases Loaded
  • ESPN Classic
  • ESPN Goal Line
  • Fox College Sports regionals
  • Longhorn Network
  • MLB Strike Zone
  • NBC regional sports
  • NESN National
  • NFL RedZone
  • Outside Television

The Fox Soccer Plus channel is also available as a standalone.

PlayStation Vue is great for casual sports fans who also want regular channels and programs. They've got a solid sports channel lineup, and you can add on their Sports Pack if you want to upgrade.

Subscribing to Cable/Satellite TV

If you want to cut the cord, then this method isn't for you. But if you want to watch sports on more than just your TV, then have a look at these providers. They allow you to stream your sports, and they also offer more sports content than just streaming providers.

DISH

With DISH, you get most of the major sports channels with their "America's Top 200" package. Here are some of the channels you'll get with this package:

  • BTN (Big 10 Network)
  • CBS
  • ESPN
  • FS1
  • Golf
  • MLB Network
  • NBA TV
  • NBC
  • Pac-12
  • SEC Network

Additionally, you can also get their Multi-Sport Pack upgrade, which gives you access to over 35 sports channels. Here are some of the channels featured in the package:

  • beIN Sports
  • ESPN Goal Line
  • MLB Strike Zone
  • NFL Network
  • NFL RedZone
  • NHL Network

To watch these channels online, you can use the DISH Anywhere app to watch these channels on your iPhone, Android, computer, and other mobile devices. The app also lets you watch your DVR recordings on the go!

DIRECTV

DIRECTV also offers all the channels you'll need for your sports fix. Here are some of the channels you'll get if you subscribe to their Choice package:

  • CBS Sports
  • Eleven Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • FS1
  • Golf Channel
  • MLB Network
  • NBA TV
  • NBC Sports
  • NFL Network
  • NHL Network
  • SEC Network
  • TBS

You can also get more sports content with their Sports Pack addon. It gives you access to a bunch of regional and specialty sports channels.

One of DIRECTV's biggest value-drivers is their NFL Sunday Ticket. You'll be able to access all out-of-market games every Sunday. The NFL Sunday Ticket also has an app which lets you stream the games on your mobile and smart devices.

Alternatively, you can also use the DIRECTV app to watch the other sports channels on your mobile devices. It also lets you watch recorded shows from your DVR.

Streaming live TV with your cable/satellite TV account

If you have a cable/ satellite TV subscription, you can also stream directly from certain channels with your account.

For example, you can go to the official CBS Sports Network website and use your cable/satellite TV account to watch the broadcast. Same goes for ESPN - you can download their WatchESPN app and log in with your TV provider account.

Not all channels will have this feature. Make sure to check with the channel if they offer this service or cater to your provider.

BOTTOM LINE

If you want to cut the cord, then signing up with an online provider is the most straightforward way of getting your sports fix. You'll be able to stream sports directly to your PC and smart devices without the hassle of a contract. The drawback is that streaming providers usually don't offer as much content as cable or satellite TV.

However, if you just want other ways of watching sports, then cable/satellite TV can give you the most content. Of course, you'll have to deal with contracts and expensive monthly fees, but this may be a small price for diehard fans.

At the end of the day, it's a matter of choosing the best provider for your needs and budget. Consider what you can afford, and then make the best choice for you.

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