How To Watch Football When You Don’t Have Cable
Although streaming entertainment has been taking over our computers and television screens, it seems that the sports industry has been the last to join in the fun. However, this year there are a number of ways to enjoy your fall football while still cutting the cable cord.
Here is how to watch football when you don’t have cable.
ESPN and its affiliates have the corner on college football. While Watch ESPN is available to individuals with cable subscription, it has been notoriously unavailable to those of us without cable. Or without buying wings and beer at a local watering hole.
However, Sling TV offers a viable streaming option. Sling is an internet based television provider with no contract and no equipment. For college football lovers, the Orange package offers ESPN in addition to 24 other great channels for $20 a month.
For just $5 more a month, you can also get ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, and ESPN Goal Line in the sports add on. While there are currently no plans to add other division channels, this line up allows you to watch most top 25 college football games for $25 a month. You are also able to use your Sling TV login to access Watch ESPN.
If NFL is more your style, DirecTV is now offering a streaming only Sunday Ticket option for people who are unable to get access to regular DirecTV service. It’s geared mostly at apartment complex residents and college students.
Sunday Ticket offers live, out of network Sunday afternoon games as well as recaps during the week. Sunday Ticket starts at $49.99/month for four months with a $74.99 option that includes Red Zone. Students are able to access the service for $24.99/month. Click HERE to find out if you’re eligible for the Sunday Ticket streaming service.
Sling TV is offering NFL Network in their Blue package, which is $25 a month and includes 40+ channels. For $5 more a month, you can get NFL Red Zone in the sports package (different from the Orange sports plan).
But don’t worry – if you need your NFL and college football fix, Sling offers a combination plan. For $45 a month, you’re able to get the Blue and Orange packages with the ESPN and NFL sports add on.
Yes, this is comparable to some of the cable promotional prices. However, Sling’s prices don’t hike after a promotional period, and there is no contract. And right now, if you prepay 3 months of Sling service, you’re able to get a free Roku 2 to stream all your favorite games.
If You Want A Device
If you are ready to go ahead and grab a device to use the Amazon Fire Stick and Amazon Fire TV can handle both Sling and ESPN. Plus it also works with Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime (for when football season is over)!
So grab the chips, put on your jersey, and get ready for some football!