Fact: There are a number of streaming services for sports fans right now:
This means the days of being too scared to cut the cord on cable TV subscriptions because of the fear of losing a beloved sport are over.
(I know this is true as I’ve only just cut the cord on my beloved sports cable TV bundle).
However, be warned – these streaming services still bundle channels in packs and charge a heap…
So what’s the point of switching?
The main advantage is that you don’t get locked into a long-term subscription. Instead, you get to subscribe for a month and move on if you want:
And that is a luxury (in my opinion).
Here are the five best streaming services for sports fans right now:
Fubo TV has emerged as the all-encompassing option for all national and international sports fans:
This streaming service provides you with all the sports coverage you can hope for, including 50 dedicated sports channels.
The streaming service has three plans, the cheapest is dedicated to the Spanish language only (which may or may not be relevant to you):
The Elite plan, which is priced at $79.99 per month, offers all 50 sports channels.
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Sling TV is very much bundle orientated – but sports fans can pick and mix across their orange and blue packs.
The plans of Sling TV include:
- Sports Extra Add-On – Priced at $15 per month
- Sling Orange + Blue – Priced at $50 per month with over 50 channels and 50 DVR storage hours.
- Sling Blue – Priced at $35 a month, this plan gives you over 45 channels and 50 DVR storage hours.
- Sling Orange – Priced at $35 per month, this plan has over 30 channels and 50 DVR storage hours.
While Sling Blue and Sling Orange are not bad to consider as individual plans, if you pick just one you’ll miss out on some of the sports channels available on the service.
For example, the only way to get mainstream sports channels like NBC Sports, ESPN, and FS1 is to combine Sling Orange + Blue.
(Which is a little too cable TV-esque for our liking).
With Sling’s Sports Extra add-on, which gives 24 more sports channels, it’ll cost you $65 a month.
YouTube TV is probably the most flexible streaming service for major sports fans, as you can get MLB Network, NFL Network, and NBA TV all in one place.
YouTube TV costs $64.99 per month but that can quickly spiral with add-ons. You do get over 85 channels with unlimited hours of DVR storage but that perk is limited to an initial nine-month grace period.
YouTube TV has many live sports channels included in the price, but the service also has several sports and premium channels as add-ons:
For example, YouTube TV has a separate NBA League Pass for the cost of $40 per month that lets you watch all the out-of-market NBA games of the season. They have recently also added NFL Network to its lineup along with a new Sports Plus add-on too.
Perfect for sports fans who want it all – and don’t mind paying extra for it.
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The Hulu + Live TV bundle is good if you just want to dodge future cable contracts. And is the perfect choice if you want to combine sports and other entertainment in one service:
For instance, Hulu Live includes some top sports channels and gives you the option to add ESPN+ and Disney+ for a little more.
Hulu + Live TV plans start at $64.99 per month, and it offers 65 channels and 50 hours of DVR storage for an unlimited time.
CBS Sports Network, ACCN, Big Ten Network, ESPN channels, ESPNews, FS1, FS2, Golf Channel, NBC Sports Network, Olympic Channel, and the SEC Network are some of the sports channels available on Hulu.
However, Hulu Live does not have MLB Network, NBA TV, or the NFL Network.
AT&T TV is more costly than the other streaming services on the market:
However, along with the sports channels, you get to enjoy HBO Max when you subscribe.
(This is worth $15 monthly).
There are many plans that AT&T TV offers, with the basic plan costing $59.99:
AT&T TV’s basic plan Entertainment gives you access to only four sports networks – ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, and NBC Sports Network.
The Ultimate plan is better for sports channels as it adds NBA TV, FS2, and NHL Network, along with seven college and three other sports channels – Golf Channel, Olympic Channel, and Tennis Channel.
Be warned, AT&T TV does not have any NFL or MLB-dedicated channels.