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College basketball streaming: a cord cutter’s guide

college basketball streaming

Watching college basketball online and over the air

The 2017 college basketball season is now here and college basketball streaming as a cord cutter is easier than ever!

This is your guide to watching college basketball without the high cost and long-term contracts of cable TV. Between over-the-air channels you can receive with an antenna to multiple online streaming services, including some free options, you won’t miss a thing.

CBS and FOX over-the-air

In 2017, over 100 college basketball games will be aired free, over the air, on CBS and FOX. Excitingly, many of those games are considered to be the biggest games of the week. If you have the option, an antenna is one of the best ways to watch college basketball. This will help you avoid delays and the risk of a stream crashing out.

If you need an antenna, check out our guide. If you’re wondering which channels are available in your area, can let you know.

Over 90% of Americans have access to some, or all, of these channels; however, that still leaves 30 million Americans who struggle to get one network or another over the air. For them, a growing number of services, such as DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, and PlayStation Vue all offer local networks. We recommend you check out each site to see which local networks each one offers in your area.

Streaming ESPN, Big Ten Network and more

You now know how to get your local stations with an antenna, but what about the national networks such as ESPN? The good news is with Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, and more, you can access most of the cable sports networks.

First, let’s find out if these services support the devices you own.

Streaming Player

Device Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV
Fire TV
Apple TV
Android phone/tablet
Android TV
Xbox One
Playstation 4

Now, let’s take a look at what services have which channels.


Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV Hulu Fubo TV
CBS Sports
Big Ten Network
SEC Network

Free college basketball streaming


If you are a college sports fan, you should check out Stadium. They’re bringing a new 24/7 streaming service to the Internet that combines the talents of Campus Insider, 120 Sports, and the American Sports Network into a single network.

Stadium 24/7 will air select games on some Sinclair-owned TV stations for free over-the-air TV in 50 markets. Right now, Stadium 24/7 is streaming free on Twitter and Pluto TV apps.

Check out the full list of 95 men’s college basketball games.

Pluto TV

Pluto TV and the Big Sky Conference (an NCAA Division I Conference) recently announced a partnership. As part of the deal, Big Sky Conference will air all of its live-streamed sports events on Pluto TV for free, including up to 700 men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, and select soccer, softball, and track and field events. Previously, you had to pay a cable company for a special channel or be stuck watching it on your laptop.

You will find the Big Sky Conference on the Pluto TV app by tuning in to Channel 230. The Pluto TV app is also available on connected livingroom device such as Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation or Xbox, as well as most smart TVs including those from Samsung, Vizio, Sony, and Hisense. For mobile and tablet devices, the Pluto TV app is available on iPhone and iPad. Additionally, Pluto TV can be accessed via the Web at

Enjoy some basketball

There you go! You now have access to college basketball streaming without the need for a long-term, high priced contract. Do you know of any other ways of watching college b-ball online? Let us know in the comments below.

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