Tuesday, January 22, 2019
You have cut the cord and are getting only the channels you want at the price you want. You’re streaming your favorite shows and movies on Netflix and HBO Now, and you thought you were all set. But then it hit you — the football season. How are you going to watch your Monday Night Football without cable? And how are you going to watch college football without cable?
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Now that you’ve got unlimited high-speed Internet, it’s time to consider which streaming services are best for football. Think first about whether you’re most interested in college football or NFL — or maybe even both.
A lot of college football games are broadcast on an ESPN channel, whether it’s the main one, ESPN2 or ESPNU. Remember that ESPN is also host to College GameDay and will have exclusive broadcasting rights to the college football playoff. So, if you’re all about the quantity of games, it’s worth looking into streaming services that include these channels. Just looking for that College GameDay live stream? Note that ESPN’s parent company, Disney, started its own sports streaming service, ESPN+, which allows you to record, pause and rewind live games among other features.
Other channels, like CBS, have also started offering streaming services, such as CBS All Access, though it is not available in all markets. FOX, which airs mostly Big 12 games on its main channel or its regional sports channels, is usually widely available through most over-the-top services.
But if you’re looking for something a little more robust — say, a specialty conference channel, like the SEC Network, Big Ten Network or the Longhorn Network — you may want to try over-the-top streaming services, such as DIRECTV NOW, Sling TV or fuboTV.
Pro-football is a little easier to watch since there aren’t as many channels to keep up with. Channels include NFL Network and FOX for Thursday Night Football — at least through the 2019 season; CBS, FOX and NBC for all the Sunday games; and ESPN for all Monday Night Football games.
Your options here will look very similar to those for college football. Note, though, there will be some limitations, like the inability to livestream NFL football games online via CBS All Access if you’re using a cell phone or that not all over-the-top streaming services will include the NFL Network, so you’ll need to double check what channels come with whichever package you choose. (Amazon Prime members, however, will be able to stream games that run on the NFL Network again this upcoming season.)
CBS also holds the rights to broadcast this year’s Super Bowl LIII, and the network has ensured that All Access users will be able to livestream the big game.
If you’ve already cut the cord, you’re likely to have some sort of device, like a Google Chromecast or a Roku that will help you stream to your heart’s content. You may even have the good ol’ bunny ears — or antennas — that allows you to pick up local channels, including the big four: ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX.
And, remember that getting rid of your cable or satellite subscription doesn’t mean you’ll never catch your favorite team on television ever again. There’s a sports life outside of cable TV — livestreaming NFL and college football games.
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