If you’ve cut the cord but aren’t sure what your best sports-streaming options are, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few of the top sports-focused streaming services (as of summer 2019) to choose from.
Streaming for the casual sports fan
For fans who like to catch the game of the week, or watch shows like SportsCenter for an overview of the world of sports, most streaming services like DirectTVNow, Sling TV, Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, will give you access to channels like ESPN or Fox Sports as well as a variety of live sporting events.
If you want a little more, some streaming services like ESPN offer both free and paid versions that can give you access to many more events and shows than your free or regular streaming service offer.
Another option is FuboTV, a streaming option that started out as sports-first, but has expanded to include over 100 TV channels available depending on the plan you choose. The base plan includes sports programming from CBS, Fox, MSG, NBA.TV, NBC, NFL Network, TBS, TNT as well as several international channels. FuboTV works with Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast and has apps for both Android and iOS.
Streaming for the serious sports fan
If you really love your sports, have a favorite team you want to follow in-depth, or are a focused fan of certain sporting events, genres or shows, there’s a streaming service for just about everything. Here are a few available that you can check out.
Before subscribing to any streaming service, however, check to make sure that you have the internet access and capability to use it. Most offer short trial offers for free, ranging from a few days to a week, so you can try it out and make sure it’s what you need.
For the serious sports fan who wants some serious streaming options, check these out:
ESPN+ (note the “+” on the end) is a streaming site from ESPN that offers a wide variety of live and on-demand sports programming. This service was created to give cord-cutting sports fans a better way to watch their favorite teams and sports. ESPN+ allows you to watch a selection of live sporting events daily from the NHL, MLB, MLS, PGA Tour and a number of college sport leagues. It’s supported by Apple’s iPhone and iPad, Android phones and tablets, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, PS4, Xbox One, Roku, Samsung’s smart TVs and Oculus Go.
NFL Game Pass, NBA League Pass and MLB.TV
If you’re a hard-core football, baseball or basketball fan, there is a streaming option dedicated to exactly what you want. Stay up to date with everything going on in the sport, watch out-of-market games or replays, commentary, local coverage, stats, replays and original programming that’ll make your man cave the destination for all your sports-fan friends. These services are supported by XBox One, PS4, Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, Android TV as well as on Android and iOS.
The modern alternative to expensive pay-per-view, soccer, boxing and fighting fans have a great new streaming option called DAZN. What began as a sports streaming service tailored to fighting coverage has evolved to offer more than 8,000 events a year including Premier League soccer, NBA, NFL, MLB, NH1, F1, boxing and MMA. It’s supported by Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, PlayStation, iOS, Android and from Chrome, FireFox, Internet Explorer and Safari via the web.
What you need to add sports streaming service
If you’re ready to add a few sports streaming services to your home, the first thing you need is to ensure you have stable, speedy internet to support it. The good news is that most of you reading this now are already ahead of the game. As a valued Softcom customer, you can stream all the sports you want. And you don’t need to worry about exceeding maximums or missing out on a critical play. Our network provides internet access to many communities throughout Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties, offering high-speed packages that support high-bandwidth applications that sports streaming services use, no matter how remote your home or place of business may be.