The need to stay tuned to sports channels has kept many people locked into expensive cable bills — until now. Internet TV services let you stream all your favorite sports channels for a fraction of the price. The question is: which internet TV services have all the sports channels that you need? Check out these seven ways to watch sports without cable and find out.

Streaming TV for Sports

The cord-cutting revolution took off several years ago when Sling TV launched its live TV streaming service. For the first time, you could replace your cable subscription with an internet-based alternative.

Sports remained an obstacle. The major sports leagues and national networks took some time to get used to streaming. Not anymore. Sports fans can stream live games from a variety of sources.

  • Big Four Networks: The traditional over-the-air broadcast channels carry the most important games of the week.
  • Spanish-Language Networks: Broadcast channels that carry soccer matches from Latin America and simulcast games from the Big Four with Spanish commentary.
  • Cable Networks: Several news and entertainment channels also carry sports, like mixed martial arts or bull riding, that appeal to their viewers.
  • Sports Networks: Pioneered by ABC’s ESPN, each of the Big Four networks have their own sports-only channels.
  • Sport-Specific Networks: Every major league sport has their own streaming service, except for Major League Soccer which will be exclusive to ESPN+
  • College Networks: The streaming services carry channels dedicated to certain NCAA conferences.

The challenge sports fans still face is figuring out which channels they can get with which subscription with which streaming service. We’ve put this guide together to help you navigate this complicated streaming landscape.

FuboTV

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FuboTV got its start as a sports-only streaming service that specialized in soccer coverage. It recently branched out by adding more mainstream entertainment, news and lifestyle channels.

Related: fuboTV Review 2017

Fubo and Fubo Extra

FuboTV has two main subscription plans: “fubo”, which costs $45 per month, and fubo Extra, which costs $50 per month.

 FuboFubo ExtraFubo LatinoFubo Português
Price$44.99/mo.$49.99+$17.99/mo.$19.99/mo.
Channels75+90+15+5+
Simultaneous Streams2222
Fire TV SupportYesYesYesYes
Roku SupportYesYesYesYes
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There are over 30 networks as part of both packages that broadcast either mostly sports or only sports, including Fox Sports Network, CBS Sports, beIN Sports, Golf Channel, NFL Network and more.

For sports fans, you’ll find the following options available:

  • Big Four Networks: CBS, Fox and NBC.
  • Spanish-Language Networks: Galavision, UniMás, Universo and Univision.
  • Spanish-Language Sports Networks: beIN Sports en Espanol, Fox Deportes and Univision Deportes.
  • Cable Networks: CNBC, El Rey Network and USA.
  • Sports Networks: beIN Sports (nine channels), CBS Sports, NBCSN Network, Eleven Sports, Fox Regional Sports Networks, FS1 and FS2.
  • Sport-Specific Networks: Football Report TV, Golf, NFL Network, NBA TV and Olympic Channel.
  • College Networks: BTN and PAC12 Network.

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Sports Plus

Sports fans can pay an extra $9 per month to add another 15 sports-only channels.

  • Spanish-Language Networks: TyC Sports.
  • Sport-Specific Networks: NFL Red Zone, GolTV (English and Spanish), FNTSY and Fight Network.
  • College Networks: PAC12 (Arizona, Bay Area, Los Angeles, Mountain, Oregon, Washington) and Fox College Sports (Atlantic, Central, Pacific).

International Sports Plus

This $6-per-month add-on subscriptions gives soccer fans an extra five sports-only channels.

  • Spanish-Language Networks: GolTV (Spanish) and TyC Sports.
  • Sport-Specific Networks: Fox Soccer Plus, GolTV (English) and Chelsea TV.

Cycling Plus

Professional cycling fans can pay $9 per month to get the fubo Cycling channel.

Final verdict for sports fans

If you’re a soccer fan, then fuboTV is a no-brainer. The huge number of Spanish-language sports channels will get you soccer matches from across Latin America.

FuboTV has a good lineup of channels for America’s major league sports as well. You’ll have to ask yourself whether or not the lack of ESPN is a deal-killer.

Sling TV

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Sling TV was the first streaming TV service. It made a name for itself by offering low, entry-level subscription plans. A huge number of add-on plans lets you customize your Sling TV channel lineup to your unique tastes.

Related: Sling TV Review 2018

Sling TV Subscription Plans

The downside to Sling TV’s approach is that its subscription plans are confusing. They start with three options for your base subscription.

 Sling OrangeSling BlueSling Orange + Blue
Price$25$25$40
Channels30+40+50+
Simultaneous Streams134*
ESPNYesNoYes
Fire TV SupportYesYesYes
Roku SupportYesYesYes
Special OffersFREE ROKU DEALFREE ROKU DEALFREE ROKU DEAL
* You get one stream with Sling Orange and up to 3 simultaneous streams with Sling Blue.

Orange

For $25 per month, the Orange plan gives you 30+ channels. Sling TV will only let you stream channels in the Orange plan to a single device at a time. Four of the channels are sports-only and another four carry some sports.

  • Spanish-Language Networks: Galavision.
  • Cable Networks: AXS, TNT and TBS.
  • Sports Networks: ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3.
  • College Networks: ACC Network Extra.

Blue

For $25 per month, Sling TV’s Blue plan lets you stream 40+ channels to as many as three devices. 9 of the channels sometimes air sports. 5 of them are sports-only.

  • Big Four Networks: Fox and NBC.
  • Spanish-Language Networks: Galavision, Univision and UniMás.
  • Cable Networks: AXS TV, El Rey Network, TBS and USA.
  • Sports Networks: Fox Regional Sports Networks, FS1, FS2, NBC Regional Sports Networks and NBC Sports.
  • Sport-Specific Networks: NFL Network.

Orange + Blue

Subscribing to both Orange and Blue plans is the best option for sports fans. You get all of the major sports networks. Sling TV sweetens the deal by throwing in your local ABC station and discounting the combined price to only $40.

The total channel count for the combined Orange + Blue package is around 53, depending on your area. Of these, 10 are exclusively for sports and 11 include sports in their programming.

  • Big Four Networks: ABC.

 

Add-on Plans

Once you have a base subscription, Sling TV lets you customize your channel lineup with dozens of add-on plans.

Sports Extra

Sling TV’s Sports Extra costs an additional $10 per month and adds 12 sports-only channels.

  • Spanish-Language Networks: Univision Deportes.
  • Sports Networks: beIN Sports, Stadium and Outside TV.
  • Sport-Specific Networks: Motorsport.tv, NFL Red Zone, NBA TV, NHL Network, Golf and Olympic Channel.
  • College Networks: PAC12 Network.

NBA League Pass

Sling TV recently cut a deal with the NBA to offer NBA League Pass subscriptions for $29 per month. The League Pass lets you watch games played outside your local area.

Heartland Extra

This add-on pack costs an extra $5 per month and adds five sports-only channels and one general channel that air western and other outdoor sports.

  • Cable Networks: RFD TV.
  • Sports Networks: Sportsman Channel, Outdoor Channel and Cowboy Channel.
  • Sport-Specific Networks: World Fishing Network and Ride TV.

Willow Cricket Mini

For $5 per month, this add-on gets you live coverage of world cricket through Willow and Willow Extra.

Foreign networks

Sling TV has dozens of add-on bundles that let you watch TV channels from around the world. If your sports tastes run to Italian volleyball or Argentinian soccer, you should check them out.

Final verdict for sports fans

You’ll want to ignore Sling TV’s entry-level pricing since the only way to get a decent sports lineup is to combine the Orange and Blue plans. The combined $40 subscription is still pretty competitive.

You’ll need to watch out for all the add-on plans which could send your monthly costs even higher.

Still, Sling TV is the best service for those with particular sports interests – especially international sports. Even though it’s complicated, Sling’s a-la-carte approach does let you watch a wide range of sports.

Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu jumped into the live TV business at the same time as YouTube. Even though Hulu with Live TV is technically a “beta” project, well-thought-out features have made the new service enormously popular.

Related: Hulu with Live TV Review 2018

Hulu with Live TV subscription

You get more between 50-70 channels with the $40 per month subscription. 23 of these channels carry live sport, and 14 are sports-only.

  • Big Four Networks: ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC.
  • Spanish-Language Networks: Telemundo.
  • Cable Networks: CNBC, TBC, TNT, USA
  • Sports Networks: CBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, Fox Regional Sports Networks, FS1, FS2 and NBCSN
  • Sport-Specific Networks: ESPN Goal Line, Golf and Olympic Channel
  • College Networks: BTN, ESPNU and SEC Network

Final verdict for sports fans

Hulu with Live TV has all of the mainstream sports networks. When it comes to the overall number of sports channels, however, Hulu with Live TV falls to the back of the pack.

If the major networks and their sports channels provide all the sports you need, then you may enjoy Hulu with Live TV’s balanced programming.

DirecTV Now

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Thanks to its industry-leading lineup of TV channels, DirecTV Now has become the second-largest streaming service in the United States, and a recent update that added a DVR and support for more streams has helped it gain even more subscribers.

Related: DirecTV Now Review 2017

DirecTV Now Subscription Plans

The subscription plans follow a simple, tiered structure. Each plan adds more channels to your lineup for a small bump in your monthly payments.

 Live a LittleJust RightGo BigGotta Have It
Price$35/mo.$50/mo.$60/mo.$70/mo.
Channels60+80+100+120+
Simultaneous Streams2222
ESPNYesYesYesYes
Fire TV SupportYesYesYesYes
Roku SupportYesYesYesYes
Special OffersFREE FIRE TV DEALFREE FIRE TV DEALFREE FIRE TV DEALFREE FIRE TV DEAL

Here’s a breakdown of all the sports channels you get with each DirecTV Now plan.

Live A Little

For $40 per month, DirecTV Now’s Live a Little plan gives you more than 65 channels. 19 of the channels carry sports. Six are sports-only.

  • Big Four Networks: ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC.
  • Spanish-Language Networks: Galavision, Telemundo and Univision.
  • Cable Networks: AXS, CNBC, RFD, TBS, TNT and USA.
  • Sports Networks: ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Sports and NBCSN.
  • Sport-Specific Networks: MLB.
  • College Networks: BTN.

Just Right

For $55 per month, your channel count rises above 85, but you only get five more sports channels. Four of them are sports-only.

  • Spanish-Language Networks: UniMás.
  • Sports Networks: ESPNews and ESPNU.
  • Sport-Specific Networks: Tennis Channel.
  • College Networks: SEC.

Go Big

For $65 per month, the Go Big plan raises the number of channels above 100. Two general networks and five sports-only networks round out the professional sports options for fans of basketball, hockey, horse racing or Olympic sports.

  • Spanish-Language Networks: Universo.
  • Cable Networks: El Rey Network.
  • Sports Networks: CBS Sports.
  • Sport-Specific Networks: NBA TV, NHL Channel, Olympic Channel and TVG (horse racing).

Gotta Have It

If you Gotta Have It all, then paying $75 per month will get you more than 120 channels. But the upgrade will only get you one more sports-only channel.

  • Spanish-Language Networks: Univision Deportes.

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Final verdict for sports fans

Even though DirecTV Now offers more than 100 channels, the sports lineup isn’t very deep. 16 of the networks include some sports in their programming. Another 16 are sports-only networks.

DirecTV Now is best for individuals and families who want a balanced assortment of content in a service that replaces as much of cable as possible.

PlayStation Vue

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Contrary to its branding, PlayStation Vue works with many more devices than Sony’s game console.

Related: PlayStation Vue Review 2018

PlayStation Vue takes the same tiered approach to its subscription plans as DirecTV Now, albeit with a slightly smaller channel count.

Here’s an overview of what PlayStation has to offer in the way of sports entertainment,.

Access

The Access plan costs $45 per month and delivers 45 channels. That includes 13 channels that carry sports. Five of those are sports-only.

  • Big Four Networks: ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC.
  • Cable Networks: CNBC, TBS, TNT and USA.
  • Sports Networks: ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2 and NBCSN.

Core

The Core plan gives sports fans an upgrade for $50 a month, containing a total of 60 channels and adding 11 sports-only channels.

  • Sports Networks: CBS Sports Network, ESPNews, ESPNU and Fox Sports.
  • Sport-Specific Networks: Golf, MLB, NBA TV, NFL Network and Olympic Channel.
  • College Networks: BTN, SEC Network.

Elite

Moving up to the Elite plan will cost you $60 per month. The plan adds another 24 channels to the PlayStation Vue lineup, but only four sports-exclusive options.

  • Spanish-Language Networks: ESPN Deportes.
  • Sport-Specific Networks: eSportsTV and Ginx.
  • College Networks: Longhorn Network.

Ultra

The highest price plan in the PlayStation Vue lineup brings the monthly cost to $80 by adding the premium channels HBO and Showtime.

Sports Pack

A $10-per-month expansion option adds 20 sports-only channels to your lineup.

  • Sports Networks: ESPN Classic, Eleven Sports, NBC Sports, NBC Sports Regional (Bay Area, Boston, California, Chicago, Northwest, Philadelphia, Washington) and Outside TV.
  • Sport-Specific Networks: NFL Red Zone, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded, MLB Strike Zone.
  • College Networks: Fox College Sports (Atlantic, Central, Pacific), Longhorn Network and NESN.

Fox Soccer Plus

PlayStation Vue also has a $15 single-channel subscription for Fox’s dedicated soccer channel.

Final verdict for sports fans

PlayStation Vue is the best option for sports fans. Even though fuboTV offers more sports channels, Sony’s service has ESPN.

However, PlayStation Vue is expensive. Maxing out your sports options with the Elite plan and the two expansion options brings PlayStation Vue’s monthly bill to $80, which is $11 per month higher than fuboTV’s maximum price.

YouTube TV

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YouTube TV rolled out on a city-by-city basis so the company could get the local ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC affiliates on board, and now covers most of America’s population in major metro areas.

Related: YouTube TV Review 2018

YouTube TV subscription

YouTube TV costs $40 per month. For your money, you’ll get more than 70 channels, depending on your area, 25 of which broadcast sports. 15 of the channels are sports-only.

  • Big Four Networks: ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC.
  • Spanish-Language Networks: Telemundo and Universo.
  • Cable Networks: CNBC, TBS, TNT and USA.
  • Sports Networks: CBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, Fox Sports, FS1, FS2, NBC Sports, NBCSN
  • Sport-Specific Networks: Golf, Olympic channel, Tennis channel and YES (New York Yankees).
  • College Networks: SEC Network.

Premium Channels

YouTube TV will let you subscribe to Fox Soccer Plus for $15 per month and to Showtime for $11 per month.

Final verdict for sports fans

You’re more likely to get the local Big Four affiliates with YouTube TV than with any other service. If the sports you want to watch are on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, then YouTube TV is the best option.

Pluto TV

Pluto TV Channels
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Pluto TV is a free live TV streaming service. It offers more than seventy news, sports, entertainment and lifestyle channels. Most of these channels are pure-digital streaming sources like Nerdist and Tastemade.

Free Pluto TV

You can find eight sports-only channels on Pluto TV.

  • Sports Networks: Fox Sports
  • Sport-Specific Networks: Fear Factor, Pro Wrestling, Fight, Xtreme Sports, New World Poker Tour, Glory Kickboxing
  • College Networks: Big Sky Conference

Final verdict for sports fans

Pluto TV is the best free option for streaming sports. It’s also the only free live TV streaming service. Other than Fox Sports, however, Pluto TV’s selection of sports channels occupy some pretty random niches.

Did I mention it’s free?

Xumo

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If you love Pluto.TV, there’s also a similar service called Xumo. Xumo offers a slightly different selection of channels but includes a fair number of sports streaming options. You’ll find coverage for alternative sports as well as on-demand options from major sports networks.

Like Pluto.tv, Xumo is also free.