Watching sports without cable has never been easier
- Get popular sports channels via Playstation Vue or Sling TV.
- Watch local sports with an antenna.
- Get monthly streaming subscriptions for only the leagues you like.
Sports has long been one of the main reasons people keep their pay TV provider, but now, watching sports without cable has never been easier.
TV shows and movies are often just as good to watch the next day, but sports events are something you really want to watch live. Thankfully, there are so many options available now that you can happily cut the cord and still watch most of your favorite sports events live. Services like Sling TV and PlayStation Vue offer channels like FS1, FS2, MLB Network, Golf Channel, Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, NBC Sports and all of the ESPN channels.
Add in a home antenna for local channels and you have an abundance of sports at your fingertips. The best part about watching sports without cable is how you can subscribe to them during the time your team is playing and then cancel after the season ends.
There are also many streaming services such as NBA League Pass, WWE Network, Golf, and UFC, which allow you to pay only for the sports and leagues you like. With the right streaming service, you can still enjoy all the live sports you love.
Let’s take a look at some of the options cord cutters have for watching sports without cable.
How to watch live sports without cable
The first thing you need is a good antenna to access games aired on your local broadcasters like CBS, FOX and NBC (if you need help choosing an antenna, check out our Getting Started with an Antenna Guide).
For the NFL Network, check out VIDGO, a new streaming service coming this fall.
You can watch Thursday Night Football with an over-the-air antenna. You can also use Twitter to watch some of the NFL games broadcast by NBC and CBS:
“The National Football League (NFL) announced today [4/5/16] that it has selected Twitter as its exclusive partner to deliver a live OTT digital stream of Thursday Night Football to a global audience across devices and for free during the course of the 2016 NFL Regular Season. Twitter will stream the 10 Thursday Night Football games broadcast by NBC and CBS, which will also be simulcast on NFL Network.” — via press release
The NBA was one of the first cord-cutter-friendly sports leagues, and watching NBA games has never been easier. Nationally aired games on TNT, ESPN and ABC can all be found on Sling TV and PlayStation Vue.
NBA League Pass also gives cord cutters access to games that are not aired on national networks like TNT. The Pass, along with a streaming service like Sling TV or PlayStation Vue, guarantees you will never miss a game again.
Watching UFC without cable
If you are a fan of UFC we have you covered!
FOX, FS1 and FS2 can now be found on Sling TV and PlayStation Vue. If you live in a market where FOX through a streaming service then use an antenna to get it for free over-the-air.
For UFC Fights not on national TV you should check out UFC Fight Pass. Fight Pass not only gives you access to far more fights than you would ever see with cable, it also allows you to pay separately for UFC Pay-Per-View events.
Watching WWE without cable
Love wrestling? Check out the WWE Network. Not only will you have access to all the WWE events, your monthly subscription also includes the WWE Pay-Per-View Events.
Watching NHL without cable
Hockey is now easier than ever to watch. Beginning this fall, the blackout rules that prevented many games from being available to cord cutters have been lifted. Since NBC Sports is now on Sling TV, access to NHL networks is smooth and easy.
For people who live outside of areas where Sling TV offers NBC, check out using an antenna to access your favorite games.
For all other games, NHL.TV is your source. It allows you to buy access to all the games not on national TV.
What if you just want to watch sports TV?
In the last year new, streaming services have made a great selection of excellent sports channels available to cord cutters.
Here’s a break down of the sports channels each streaming service now offers:
Sling TV: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNNews, SEC Network, NBC Sports, FS1, FS2 and Regional Sports Networks.
PlayStation Vue: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNNews, SEC Network, FS1, FS2, Big Ten Network and Regional Sports Networks
VIDGO: NFL Network and MLB Network (currently VIDGO is expected to be released in the late summer or fall of 2016, however, we do not know the full line up of VIDGO at this time).
As we mentioned earlier, watching sports without cable has never been easier for cord cutters. With the arrival of Sling TV, PlayStation Vue and VIDGO, sports fans can watch all their favorite events without the high cost of cable.
Have anything to add or do you know of a sports source we may have missed? Leave a comment below and let us know how you watch your favorite sports as a cord cutter.