Internet TV is giving college sports fans more ways to watch Pac-12 action than ever before. Because Internet TV delivers traditional television networks over the internet instead of using cable lines to deliver entertainment, they’re cheaper and have more advanced features.

If you know where to look, you can even find free streams of select Pac-12 games on the web.

Keep reading to learn how to watch Pac-12 Network without cable.

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The average cable subscriber currently pays around $100. Typical “cable replacer” internet TV plans cost around half that amount — and the cheapest “skinny bundle” services cost even less.

The main reason why cable TV is so expensive boils down to infrastructure costs. It takes a significant investment to set up a cable or fiber optic network, and more money is required to upgrade and maintain cable lines. Those costs get passed along to the consumer.

Because cable replacers use the internet instead of cable or fiber optic lines to deliver entertainment, their operating expenses are far lower. In addition, most of these packages have fewer channels, including only the essentials, rather than 100-200 channels, most of which you’ll never watch.

In addition to low prices, another benefit that cable replacers bring to the table is portability. Internet-based TV services with good app support let you watch TV on your smartphone, your video game console and on many other entertainment devices.

Cable replacers also give you the ability to record content to the cloud. Cloud DVR lets you to buffer live sports games so that you can zoom through annoying commercials, or save episodes of your favorite shows.

The market for internet-based TV services is growing fast and as a result, several big brands have thrown their hats into the ring.

Here’s a quick look at all the major internet TV services that carry Pac-12 Network.

fuboTV

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fuboTV is a little bit pricey, but it carries seven Pac-12 channels. Source: fuboTV

fuboTV is the best deal out there for prospective cord-cutters who are also sports fanatics. No other cable replacer gives you as many sports channels as fuboTV.

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

In addition to the main Pac-12 Networks channel, fuboTV’s core sports lineup includes around 15 sports channels: 10 BeIN channels, Big 10 Network, NFL Network, NBA TV, CBS Sports, The Olympic Channel and several others.

You may get additional sports channels when you sign up with fuboTV depending on where you live. For example, if you live in New York, you can get YES (Yankees Entertainment and Sports) and several MSG (Madison Square Garden) channels.

fuboTV’s fubo susbcription costs $45 per month, and comes with 80+ channels. If you’d like even more sports, you can subscribe to the fubo Premier package, which has 100+ channels for $50/month.

If you add fuboTV’s $9/month sports add-on pack, you can get several regional Pac-12 Network channels, including: Pac-12 Arizona, Pac-12 Bay Area, Pac-12 Los Angeles, Pac-12 Mountain, Pac-12 Oregon and Pac-12 Washington. The sports add-on also has NFL RedZone, 3 Fox College Sports channels, GolTV (English and Spanish), TyC Sports, FNTSY Sports Network and Fight Network.

In addition to its wealth of sports channels, another big benefit of fuboTV is that it’s the only cable replacer that’ll unlock the Pac-12 website and app. If you don’t have fuboTV, the only other way to unlock Pac-12’s online content is by signing up with a traditional cable TV service.

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fuboTV is the only streaming service that unlocks Pac-12 Now. Source: Pac-12.

fuboTV has very solid features, too. With every fuboTV subscription you get a cloud DVR that lets you record 30 hours of content, which can be upgraded to 500 hours for a $10/month fee.

This allows you to schedule your own Pac-12 Network recordings via the fuboTV app. Many skinny bundle services will automatically delete your recordings after a certain amount of time, but fuboTV lets you keep your recordings for as long as you like.

fuboTV’s biggest weak point is that it doesn’t have any of the ESPN channels, and you can only watch your content on 2 devices simultaneously, unless you pay an extra $6/month fee for the Family Share add-on.

In terms of app support, fuboTV’s only glaring omission is game consoles. fuboTV has apps for most other platforms.

  • Living room devices: Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: None.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome is recommended.

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Sling TV

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Sling TV doesn’t have as many channels as fuboTV, but it’s cheaper. Source: Sling TV

Sling TV was one of the first internet TV services to hit the market. Currently, it has over two million subscribers — far more than any other internet-based TV service.

The main reason for Sling TV’s success is its low prices. Sling TV’s cheapest plan only costs $25, though it only gives you access to 30 channels.

 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.

Sling TV offers three core subscription plans:

  • Orange: 30 channels for $25.
  • Blue: 45 channels for $25.
  • Orange+Blue: 53 channels for $40.

In order to get Pac-12 Network on Sling TV, you have to get the Sports Extra package. If you get Sling Blue, the Sports Extra costs $10/month. With Sling Orange, the Sports Extra costs $5/month.

The channels you get with the Sports Extra vary depending on which core plan you have.

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Sling TV’s Sports Extra comes with a different set of sports channels depending on which base plan you buy. Source: Sling TV.

Either Sling Orange or Sling Blue will get you Pac-12 networks, so the choice is up to you. Sling Orange has fewer channels and only lets you stream on 1 device, but it has ESPN, which Sling Blue lacks, despite having more channels and letting you stream on 3 devices at once.

Further still, if you want all of Sling TV’s sports channels, you may want to consider getting the Orange+Blue $40 bundle. If you get both Orange and Blue, you’ll be able to save $5 on  Sports Extra while also adding on key sports channels like NFL RedZone and Olympic Channel. Additionally, you need Sling Blue to get Fox, NBC and other broadcast networks.

Besides its confusing plans, another downside to Sling TV is that you have to pay $5 to unlock the cloud recording feature. Once unlocked, Sling TV’s DVR lets you record 50 hours of content. However, you can’t record ESPN or any other Disney-owned channels.

Sling TV does support a wide range of streaming platforms:

  • Living room devices: Air TV Player, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from LeEco, LG, Samsung and ZTE.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Amazon Fire tablets, Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome.

Like fuboTV, Sling TV also has a free 7-day trial.

 

The Pac-12 Now App

The Pac-12 Now app is available on Android, iPhone, iPad, iOS, most Amazon Kindles / Fire Phones and it also works with Chromecast.

The locked version of Pac-12 Now doesn’t have live games or recordings of full games, but it does have some clips, interviews and other extra content.

To unlock the Pac-12 Now app without cable, there’s only one choice: fuboTV. Sling TV doesn’t work with the Pac-12 Now app.

Once you unlock Pac-12 Now, you can use it to stream live games and on-demand game recordings.

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fuboTV is the only way to unlock Pac-12 Now without cable. Source: Pac-12.

Pac-12 Now has mostly good reviews on both Android and iOS. The Android version of Pac-12 Now currently has 3.6/5 star rating. On iOS, Pac-12 Now has a 3/5.

Most of the one-star reviews of Pac-12 Now are complaints centered around the fact that you need a paid TV service to unlock live games.

One Android user gave a fair account of Pac-12 Now’s pros and cons:

“This app works good for watching the game live but during the game you cannot pause or rewind to watch something over. Also if you lock your screen and then open the app back up it doesn’t bring you back live, it brings and starts you at the point where you locked your screen.”

Stream Select Pac-12 Games on Twitter for Free

Back in July of 2016, Pac-12 announced that it would begin streaming select Pac-12 games for free on Twitter.

When Pac-12 Plus first came out, the Pac-12 linked to streams via @pac12plus. However, @pac12plus seems to have stopped tweeting.

The Twitter account you’ll want to follow for links to free Pac-12 streams is @pac12.

Individual Pac-12 teams also post links to live games on Twitter.

Because Twitter and Pac-12 struck a deal, you can watch some Pac-12 games for free on Twitter. Source: Twitter.

If You Live Abroad, You Can Watch Pac-12 Networks for Free

If you live outside the US, you can watch a free live stream of Pac-12 Networks on YouTube via Pac-12 Networks International.

Pac-12 Networks International live streams the following sports:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Olympic sports

When live games aren’t on, Pac-12 Networks International usually live streams Pac-12 news shows like The Drive, Pac-12 Sports Report and Pac-12 Football in 60.

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Pac-12 Networks International broadcasts free Pac-12 Networks live streams, but you have to be located outside the US or use a VPN to tune in. Source: YouTube.

Due to license restrictions, geographical blocks will prevent you from accessing the Pac-12 Networks International live stream if you’re located in the United States.

Free Pac-12 Network Highlights

If you’re a Pac-12 fan and you haven’t visited Pac-12 on YouTube yet, you should definitely check it out.

Though the Pac-12 YouTube channel doesn’t have full games, it does have more extra content than the locked version of the Pac-12 Now app.

Pac-12 updates its YouTube channel on a daily basis with clips, interviews, press conferences and other goodies.

On the right side of the channel’s landing page, you can find links to all the major Pac-12 teams.

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The Pac-12 Networks YouTube channel has thousands of clips and gets daily updates. Source: YouTube.

If you click the playlists tab, you’ll find playlists for nearly every Pac-12 sport. Sports that Pac-12 has created playlists for include: softball, rowing, beach volleyball, golf, water polo, hockey, cross country, baseball, ice hockey and more.

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Pac-12 Networks’ playlists let you quickly find out what’s going on in the Pac-12. Source: YouTube.

The Best Way to Watch Pac-12 Network Without Cable

Here’s a quick comparison of all the different ways to stream Pac-12 Network without cable via the internet.

The all-around best streaming service for Pac-12 fans

Because fuboTV has more sports channels than any other internet-powered TV provider, it’s the best cord-cutting option for sports nuts by far. If you tack on fuboTV’s sports add-on pack, you can get around 30 sports channels.

No other streaming service has as many Pac-12 channels as fuboTV. In addition to the main Pac-12 Networks channel, fuboTV also carries 6 regional Pac-12 Network affiliates. Plus, fuboTV is the only streaming service that can unlock the Pac-12 Go app.

In addition to all the sports channels, you also get all the core cable TV channels that you’d expect to get with a standard cable TV plan. The price is a bit steep at $45/month plus the $9 Sports Add-On pack, but it’s worth it for most cord-cutters.

The cheapest way to stream Pac-12 live

If all you want to do is stream the main Pac-12 channel, you may want to consider going with Sling TV. With Sling TV Orange and the $5 Sports Extra channel add-on pack, you can stream Pac-12 Networks channel for just $30 per month.

Another compelling reason to get Sling TV instead of fuboTV is that fuboTV doesn’t carry ESPN. With Sling TV Orange, you can get all 3 ESPN channels. And if you combine Sling Orange + Blue and the Sports Extra pack, you’ll get pretty much every major sports network for $45 per month, including ESPN, which fuboTV lacks.

Where to find Pac-12 clips and free live streams

If you have a VPN subscription or live abroad, you may want to go visit Pac-12 International on YouTube. Pac-12 International live streams a free feed of select Pac-12 content. You can also find links to free live streams of Pac-12 action on Twitter via @Pac12.

In addition, you can keep up with Pac-12 action via the official Pac-12 YouTube channel. Pac-12’s YouTube channel is updated on a daily basis and it contains thousands of clips.