Football season is in full swing. The Rams are back in action, but now in their new home in Los Angeles. The Broncos are on their way to another Super Bowl win, or maybe not. But most important, games are available to watch on nearly any device you own. The trick is knowing how and where to watch.
All Major Sports Leagues
Over-the-air antenna. Rabbit ears may have given way to a digital cable TV box, but the concept is still the same. Plug your digital TV antenna into the coaxial cable jack on the back of your TV. Hang the antenna as high as possible and, if possible, near a window on the side of your house that faces the big broadcast antenna. Tune in to your local TV station. Watch the game. Antennas are available at Amazon, Walmart, and other discount retailers for a one-time cost of about $20.
Sling Television. Streaming TV service Sling has partnered with the NFL Network to bring you live games, news, and analysis streamed to your TV, SlingBox, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, laptop, phone, or other internet connected device. The $40 per month Orange + Blue plan includes ESNP and NFL Network, along with many other channels such as Fox, Fox Sports, NBC, NBC SN, and ESPN2.
Sorry dodgeball fans, no ESPN8 at this time, you’ll have to wait a while for The Ocho.
Before we dive into the options and pricing, be aware of each league’s blackout rules. For those who don’t speak sports, a blackout happens when a local game does not sellout. In those cases, the game does not air live on local TV, and is blocked from streaming in the local market for the pro sports leagues below.
There is little more American than watching the big game on Sunday with a cold beer in hand and wings at halftime. But if you want to save on that big cable bill each month, you could be left out cold. Here are ways to watch the game without a cable or satellite television subscription.
NFL Game Pass. If you can handle watching all games on replay rather than live, the NFL Game Pass costs $99.99 per year and gives you streaming access to all game replays and live audio streams for every game.
Unfortunately, the service also includes Raiders games.
It may be fall, but the boys of summer are still in action into October. Or, prepare for next season with one of these Major League Baseball streaming options.
MLB.TV Premium. MLB.TV gives subscribers access to every single out-of-market game for all 30 MLB teams. Regularly $109.99 per year, this package was on sale for $9.99 per year as of this writing. Students with a valid credentials can signup for free!
MLB.TV Single Team – The single team package gives you all out-of-market games for your favorite team. This does not allow you to view live home games. This package runs $84.99 per year, but is on sale for $7.99 as of this writing.
Basketball is back in the fall, but you can prepare now by knowing your options.
NBA League Pass. The NBA League Pass is the official streaming service for the National Basketball Association. Get live games streamed to any connected device. 2016 season pricing has not yet been announced.
Who needs peanuts and Cracker Jacks when you can watch professional athletes slam into a glass wall at high speeds? Okay, I know there is more to hockey than that. Go Avs!
NHL.TV. The official National Hockey League streaming service brings you out-of-market games from the entire league at HD quality with DVR controls including live game pausing and rewind with up to four games at once. You can subscribe today with the Off Season package for $24.99 to relive the 2015-2016 season before the next race for Lord Stanley’s Cup begins.
Major League Soccer is growing into a sport with the same rabid fans we see in Europe, Latin America, and other popular “football” markets. Don’t believe me? Head to Portland for a Timbers home match. Beware the Timber’s Army!
MLS Live. MLS Live brings you the entire 2016 season live and on-demand for $29.99 or $15.99 per month. Subscribe to just one favorite team for $23.99 per season. A 48 hour blackout applies to nationally televised games.
NCAA Football streaming is kind of complicated. In fact, there is enough to know that we made an entire post just on that topic and updated it just last month for your college football craving. Check out your options for watching NCAA college football without cable.
Share your favorite streaming service and team in the comments! Who’s going to win the big game this season?