If you’ve cut the cord and replaced your cable subscription with a streaming service, or you have a cable provider that didn’t sign an exclusive deal with your favorite teams, then you probably miss live sports. So where can you stream live sports these days?
The good news is that there are several online options emerging. Among them are even some new sports-centric streaming services. Keep reading for the best (and worst) options.
Hulu + Live TV
This is perhaps the best choice if you’re looking for a variety of live sporting events as well as access to buzzworthy content. For $65/month, you’ll be able to stream 65+ channels, including your local networks, ESPN, NBC Sports, and the Golf Channel.
But that’s not all. For the same price, you’ll also be able to explore Hulu’s large library of exclusive and original content, like some binge-worthy TV series and critically-acclaimed movies. You can also explore sporting games by genre, which means if you’re a soccer fan, you can easily find matches occurring around the world.
You can try out Hulu + Live TV for $65/month with a 7-day free trial.
Much like Hulu + Live TV, YouTube’s cable alternative gives you broad access to major cable channels and local networks. Their sporting channels run the gamut, including ESPN in its many varieties, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, the MLB Network, and the NFL Network. But the YouTubeTV package includes 85 channels in all, which is even more extensive than Hulu’s live options. The downside is you won’t have access to as much on-demand and original content as you’d get with a Hulu account. Still, YouTubeTV gives you free access to YouTube Red originals and unlimited cloud DVR space.
The cost is $65/month with no annual contract, which means you can cancel at anytime.
FuboTV is a cable alternative specifically geared toward sports fans, though you’ll get much more than access to live sporting events. The service offers access to more than 120 channels, including all the major networks like CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox, where sports often air. Plus, you’ll gain access to dozens of sports-specific networks, like ESPN and Fox Sports. Best of all, every subscription comes with at least 250 hours of DVR recording space, which means you won’t have to miss a minute of the game.
Plans begin at $65/month, with additional channels available in the $80/month premium package.
ESPN is a staple of any sports fanatic’s diet. While ESPN+ will not provide access to every game you want to watch, it provides a diversity of athletic programming and lots of commentary on all things sports.
Mashable describes the platform’s lineup this way: “You could go from MLB to college lacrosse to tennis in a snap. Add to that programs like 30 for 30 and SportsCenter and ESPN+ originals, and you’ve got a pretty decent sports offering right there.”
And, at only $6/month or $50 for a full year, the price can’t be beat.
Sling is another online cable alternative, though its channel lineup is not the most extensive if you’re looking for sports options. (Odd, since it was created by guys who wanted to see their teams play while they were traveling.) So, it has some major drawbacks. Its greatest weakness is that you don’t get access to local networks, where national sporting events are usually broadcast. You’ll have to buy a digital TV antenna if you want to watch live local TV.
That said, the $35/month Orange Plan does give you access to ESPN, ESPN 2, and ESPN 3, and they offer a free trial.
The best choice will really come down to your preferences, but the clear frontrunners are Hulu + Live TV and YouTubeTV. Still, it’s hard to compare the Emmy-winning original content on Hulu to the lesser-known programming on YouTube Red. For that reason, Hulu + Live TV is probably the best value, offering a large variety of sporting events plus unmatched access to bingeable content.