One of the last lingering reasons why many cable customers keep their overpriced subscriptions is to have access to the best live sports. With so many sports networks out there, cable often seems like the best option for watching sports. Thanks to the revolution in streaming video, though, it’s no longer necessary to pay for cable to keep up with all of your favorite sports. There are many different streaming services which offer live streams of popular sports networks and even streaming services devoted entirely to sports. Here’s a rundown of some of the easiest ways to stream the most popular sports this 2018-2019 season.
How to Stream the MLB Playoffs Without Cable
The MLB Playoffs are heating up. Do you have a way to stream the baseball postseason? Luckily, it’s easier than ever this year to watch the MLB Playoffs online without cable. The majority of the games this year are being broadcast by FOX, FS1, and TBS. Check out the MLB postseason schedule for a rundown of which games are on which channel. Luckily, these are available on most of the live TV packages offered by streaming services.
Hulu with Live TV offers live streams of more than 50 popular cable networks including FOX, FS1, TBS, and even ESPN – all the channels you need to stream the 2018 MLB Playoffs. Hulu Live starts at just $40 a month and includes Hulu’s massive on-demand library and a 50-hour DVR. Hulu Live works on most major streaming devices and Smart TVs, and can even be viewed on mobile devices. Try Hulu with Live TV free for 7 days to see if it’s a good fit for your household.
For customers looking to cut the cable but retain a cable-like experience, DIRECTV NOW is a good option. DIRECTV NOW offers a huge package of channels, a DVR, and an interface which should be familiar to former cable subscribers. Packages start at $40 a month and can be upgraded with loads of packages offering even more sports content. Most importantly, DIRECTV NOW hosts streams of all the channels you need to stream every game of the 2018 MLB Postseason. Give it a shot with a 7-day free trial and see why so many cable cutters are switching to DIRECTV NOW.
How to Stream the NBA Season Without Cable
The 2018 NBA season kicks off later this month, so now’s the time to find a way watch the NBA online without cable. Luckily, in addition to Hulu Live and DIRECTV NOW there are a wide range of streaming services you can use to stream every NBA game without the need for cable.
Sling TV is a perfect go-to for streaming the NBA season and just about anything else on TV. Sling TV is becoming one of the most popular streaming services thanks to the incredible value it offers. For just $25/month, Sling TV offers more than 30 channels and the option to upgrade with many different add-on packages. Sling TV packages offer ESPN and ESPN2, TNT, NBA TV, regional FOX Sports and NBC Sports carriers. Best of all, Sling TV works on just about any device, making it a great choice for catching the NBA on the go.
For streaming any sport, fuboTV is a great choice. fuboTV was designed from the ground up for sports and features more than 75 of channels of sports from around the world including NBA TV. When it comes to streaming the NBA, fuboTV is best for watching local affiliates of the major networks for regional games. However, fuboTV does have a few gaps in its channel coverage, so you might miss a few games. Still, for $45 a month, fuboTV offers more sports coverage than any other streaming service around. Like most streaming services, fuboTV offers a week-long free trial.
How to Stream the NHL Season Without Cable
The 2018 NHL regular season just started, and this year you don’t need cable to catch all of the on-ice action. There are more ways than ever to watch the NHL online without cable using streaming services which offer live TV. Aside from the options listed above, there are a few newcomers offering channels that stream the NHL without cable.
Despite its name, PlayStation Vue does not require a PlayStation game console and works on a wide range of devices, smart TVs, and web browsers. PS Vue offers close to 50 live streaming channels for $45/month, making it a full-on cable replacement that even works on up to 5 simultaneous devices with one subscription. PS Vue doesn’t yet have the NHL Network, but does offer NBCSN, NBC, regional FOX Sports, and regional NBC Sports, making it a great option for watching the NHL without cable.
Cut the Cable and Start Streaming Sports Online
As you can see, there are now a wide range of streaming services which now offer live streams of TV networks over a huge variety of devices, allowing users much more flexibility in how they watch sports. All it takes is a stable high-speed internet connection; since you want to stay up-to-the-second when watching live sports, it’s important to have the best internet connection possible. You might get away with streaming using your data plan here and there, but doing so regularly will eat through your monthly plan in a heartbeat. Still, the cost of a good internet connection and streaming service subscription should still be lower than your average cable bill. Say goodbye to cable and hello to streaming and see why sports are the next big thing in streaming video.