If you’re a cricket fan in the United States, you may be missing out on your favorite sports. Though some popular international sports like soccer and Formula 1 Racing are quite popular among Americans, cricket is not one of them. Because of this, it’s quite hard to know how to watch Cricket without cable in America, because usually you can only get cricket coverage with expensive cable packages.
In this article, we’ll discuss the best way to watch cricket without cable in the US, so that you can enjoy your favorite sport, even if you’re an expat, or living temporarily in the United States. Let’s get started now!
Understanding “Skinny Bundles” and Internet TV
In the past, an expensive cable subscription was the only way you would be able to watch live cricket in America. However, more Americans are canceling cable – which has made it much easier to watch Cricket without cable.
This is because of “skinny bundle” internet TV. These internet TV services deliver a smaller bundle of pre-selected cable channels for a set, monthly fee. The channels are delivered directly over the internet, and there are no long-term contracts, hidden costs, cancellation fees, or other such costs.
With internet TV, it’s easier than ever to watch cricket without cable. Let’s discuss the best ways to do so now.
Willow TV – All Cricket, All the Time
If you’re looking to get 24/7 cricket coverage, Willow TV is the only choice for you. This channel is a sports streaming service that is dedicated to nothing but cricket. If you’re interested in how to watch cricket without cable, this is your top choice.
However, Willow TV is not exactly the most popular channel among Americans. This means that, despite the fact that there are many “skinny bundle” internet TV services, you can only get Willow TV on one of them – Sling TV.
Let’s take a look at Sling TV now, as well as your other options for how to watch Cricket without cable in the United States.
Sling TV – The Best “Skinny Bundle” for Cricket Fans
Sling TV was launched in 2015 as the first internet TV service for cord-cutters. It offers an “a la carte” experience, where users can purchase base channel packages and purchase “extras” for an additional monthly fee. The service boasts over 2.2 million subscribers.
Sling TV is currently the only “skinny bundle” internet TV streaming service that offers Willow TV. You won’t be able to get this channel from any other competitor, such as fuboTV, DirecTV Now, Philo, or any other service.
Interestingly, there are two different ways that you can get Willow TV on Sling TV. Let’s explore each one below.
Your two options for getting Willow TV on Sling TV
Due to the “a la carte” approach of Sling TV, you have two different options for getting Willow TV on Sling. We’ll take a look at both of these now.
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Sling has two major packages, and they both cost $25 – the Orange package was recently increased in price, from $20.
Sling Blue and Orange both have different channels. For example, Sling Orange includes ESPN, while Sling Blue includes Fox Sports channels. If you’re a cricket fan, you’ll likely want to get Sling Orange. The main ESPN channel shows cricket matches occasionally, and you can also use your ESPN login to access special, behind the scenes content on ESPNcricinfo.
If you want all of the channels, though, you can also purchase a Sling Blue + Orange subscription, which will cost you $40 per month and save you quite a bit of money.
If you are looking to get Willow TV, as well as quite a few other channels, either of these packages is a solid choice. You can get Willow TV on Sling TV with either package, with the “International Sports” package, which costs $5/month.
The International Sports package comes with Willow TV, as well as 9 other channels including Zee Cinemalu, TV5Monde Info, Globo, MBC and more.
You’ll have coverage of cricket, as well as quite a few other types of sports, should you choose this option. If you’re interested in live American TV and sports as well as cricket this is the right choice for you.
However, it’s not the only choice you have with Sling.
Subscribe to Willow TV directly through Sling
True to their “a la carte” channel-picking strategy, Sling TV also lets you subscribe to Willow TV directly, without getting any other channels.
Should you choose this option, you won’t get any of the other channels or sports coverage of Sling TV. You will get only 2 channels – Willow TV and Willow XTRA. Note that Willow XTRA is not included in the International sports pack, as discussed above.
You get these two channels for three different prices, depending on how long you sign up for service.
- If you pay month-by-month, you’ll pay a flat rate of $10.
- If you choose a 6-month subscription, you can save 30%, and pay only $40 for 6 months of Sling cricket coverage.
- Should you choose the “Willow Cricket Annual” subscription for 12 months, you’ll pay only $60 for a full year of coverage.
If you choose to get the annual subscription, that means you can subscribe to Willow TV for just $6 per month, and also get access to Willow XTRA for even more cricket coverage and behind-the-scenes resources.
If you are not interested in any other sports or American channels, this is definitely the best way to watch cricket without cable.
Sling TV features and benefits
The features you get with Sling TV vary, based on the package that you choose above. However, there are some that remain consistent no matter what package you choose, such as platform support.
Sling TV is available on a huge variety of different streaming platforms, including mobile devices, laptops, and home entertainment streaming systems. You can watch Sling TV on the following platforms, no matter what package you choose:
- Android and iOS tablets and phones
- Google Chrome
- Windows 10
- Apple TV
- Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
- Android TV
- AirTV Player
- Select Samsung and LG Smart TVs
- Xbox One gaming consoles
However, other features – such as the number of simultaneous streams and DVR – vary based on the package you choose. Below is an in-depth breakdown of the features of Sling TV.
Sling Orange or Blue + International Sports Package
If you subscribe to Sling Orange, you will only be able to stream your channels on 1 device at a time. The same is true if you add the International Sports Package. You’ll only be able to stream Willow TV on one device at a time. However, you can use your Sling TV login on many different cable network websites, allowing you to get around this restriction somewhat.
If you choose Sling Blue, you will be able to watch Willow TV and your other channels on up to 3 devices at once. This makes Sling Blue a somewhat better choice for larger families or households.
Should you choose to pay $40/month for Sling Blue + Orange, you will still be limited to 3 simultaneous devices at a time, unless both channels are shared by Sling Blue + Orange.
By default, Sling TV does not come with any kind of DVR, so if you want to record cricket matches you will have to pay an extra $5/month for DVR service. This means that the true cost of Sling TV Blue or Orange + DVR is $30/month, and $35/month with the International Sports package.
Willow Cricket Sling Subscription
If you choose to purchase the Willow Cricket Sling subscription, without choosing Sling Orange or Blue, you will not get a DVR and you will only be able to watch Willow TV on one device at a time.
However, if you want to increase this limit you can purchase the “Multistream” add-on. This will allow you to stream on two more additional devices simultaneously.
And, like Sling Orange and Blue, you can also purchase a DVR for $5/month so you can record your favorite cricket matches.
Which Sling package is right for me?
This really depends on your personal needs and preferences. If you only really want to watch cricket, the Willow Cricket Sling subscription is going to be a better choice – particularly if you pay for a year-long subscription.
However, the appeal of this standalone Willow TV subscription begins to fade if you pay month-to-month and add on extras like Multistream and a DVR. If you do this, you’ll pay $20/month – which is almost as much as a base-tier Sling Orange or Blue subscription.
If you are at all interested in American TV, and not just watching Cricket without cable, it’s probably a good idea to consider Sling Blue or Sling Orange + the International Sports Package. But if all you need is cricket, the Willow Cricket Sling subscription is a better deal.
With month-to-month subscriptions and no cancellation fees, you can try out either package – and see which one is right for you. Get started now with a free 7-day trial!
Willow TV – Direct Subscription
If you’re only interested in Willow TV, and you don’t want to bother subscribing to Sling TV, you can subscribe to Willow TV directly through their website. Doing so will cost you $9.99/month, putting it at about the same price as the Sling TV Willow package if you pay monthly.
You can also sign into the website free of charge if you have a cable subscription that includes Willow TV from a provider like Time Warner Cable or Comcast.
You’ll get live cricket matches from Willow HD, as well as replays and highlights from recent matches, and all of the other live coverage that Willow TV offers. You’ll get pretty good platform coverage, too. Willow TV has an app available for:
- iOS and Android
- Apple TV
- Samsung Smart TVs
- Amazon Fire TV and Stick
- Xbox One
- Android TV
Getting a standalone Willow TV subscription doesn’t really make sense
If we’re honest, it doesn’t make much sense to pick this option.The $9.99/month price is a decent deal, but Sling TV offers more features – like a DVR, more streams, and a better user interface – for half the price.
If you purchase a standalone Willow TV subscription for a year on Sling TV, you’ll pay only $60. Do the same on the Willow TV website, and you’ll pay almost $120 per year.
Unless you already have a cable subscription and are just using Willow TV to log in with your cable provider’s information, it doesn’t really make sense to use the Willow TV app, or get a standalone Willow TV subscription. You’re just throwing money away for no good reason.
ESPN Plus – Occasional Cricket Coverage
When news broke that ESPN was releasing their very own standalone streaming service, many Americans were excited. But ESPN Plus, ESPN’s foray into internet streaming, disappointed most Americans because it had very limited coverage of American sports.
However, ESPN Plus is good for people who are interested in international sports. It regularly shows rugby and cricket competitions from around the world. There is also some coverage of international soccer leagues like the EFL and UEFA Nations Cup.
As far as cricket goes, ESPN Plus provides coverage of New Zealand Cricket and Cricket Ireland, so there is not nearly as much coverage as there is using a service like Willow TV, which is dedicated only to cricket.
Users will also be able to access some web-only content, such as documentaries and interviews. The service also supports live rewinding, pausing, and recording.
ESPN Plus costs $4.99 per month, so it won’t break the bank. Like Sling TV and Willow TV, it’s also available on all modern streaming platforms, including iOS and Android, Apple TV, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Roku, and Chromecast.