The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is always one of the best NCAA conferences to watch for football, basketball and more. If you’re interested in getting coverage of colleges like Auburn, Georgia, Texas A&M and more – but don’t want to pay for cable – you may be wondering how to watch SEC Network without cable. In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know. Let’s get started now.

Sling TV

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If you’re interested in a low-budget way to watch SEC Network without cable, as well as a number of other top sports channels, Sling TV is a good option. It’s the cheapest one on our list, and offers a reasonable set of features and channels for SEC fans.

Channels & packages

 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 has two primary channel packages: Sling Orange, and Sling Blue. Both cost $25. You’ll get 30+ channels with Sling Orange, and about 40 or more channels with Sling Blue. You can combine both of them to get 53+ channels with Sling Orange + Blue.

To get SEC Network, though, you’ll need to get Sling Orange and the Sports Extra package, which costs an extra $10 per month. Confusingly, the Sports Extra package comes with different channels, based on which base-tier subscription you have.

The Sling Orange version comes with SEC Network and ESPNews, while the Sling Blue version doesn’t include SEC Network, and has other channels like the Olympic Channel. If you get Sling Orange + Blue, you’ll get both sets of channels from the Sports Pack.

Features and extras

Sling TV has pretty good features – if you pay for them. Let’s start with the DVR. You’ll get 50 hours of storage, which is great. But you’ll have to pay $5/month for the privilege of the DVR, and recording on some Disney-owned channels is blocked, so you may not even be able record SEC Network.

You can watch on 3 devices with Sling Blue and 1 device with Sling Orange. If you have Sling Orange + Blue, you can watch on 4 devices, but only if the channel is shared between both the Blue and Orange packages. Yeah, it’s confusing. To boil it down, you can only watch SEC Network on 1 device at a time, even if you have Orange+Blue because it’s a Sling Orange-exclusive channel. The same goes for all other Orange-exclusive channels.

On a brighter note, device support for Sling TV is pretty good. You can watch on your web browser as well as iOS and Android devices on the go. Most living-room devices are supported too, including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, AirTV, Chromecast, Xbox One, and some Samsung/LG Smart TVs.

 

Hulu With Live TV

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Hulu With Live TV is a great option for any cord-cutter who wants to watch SEC Network without cable, but also wants access to the huge, on-demand library of Hulu titles and originals. Let’s explore this internet TV service now.

Channels & packages

Hulu keeps things simple, offering a single package of channels for $40/month. For your money, you’ll get about 50-70 channels, but this varies based on your location and local broadcast partnerships.

You’ll get SEC Network, as well as a number of other top sports networks, including ESPN and ESPN2, as well as ESPNews and ESPN U, ESPN College Extra, ESPN Goal Line, Fox Sports 1 and 2, Big 10 Network, CBS Sports Network… the list goes on.

Basically, Hulu With Live TV gives you almost every channel you need to enjoy college sports, as well as most professional leagues like the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL, for a really good price.

One of the most unique features of Hulu With Live TV is that you get a free, base-tier Hulu On-Demand membership, which is an $8/month value, included in the price of your $40/month Hulu With Live TV membership. You can watch every on-demand show in the Hulu library, at no extra charge.

Features and extras

Hulu With Live TV doesn’t just have a great set of channels. It also offers pretty good features. Right off the bat, you’ll get a 50-hour cloud DVR free of charge, which can be upgraded to 200 hours of storage with the $15/month Enhanced DVR package.

As far as simultaneous streams go, Hulu With Live TV is better than Sling Orange, letting you stream on 2 devices at once by default. If you have a larger household, you can buy the $15/month Unlimited Screens package, which lets you watch TV on unlimited devices in your home network, and on up to 3 devices outside your home network.

Device support is also stellar. You can watch on your web browser and iPhone or Android smartphone, as well as on a tremendous number of other devices, including the Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox One and Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and select Smart TV models from LG and Samsung.

YouTube TV

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YouTube TV is a service launched by Google in late 2017, and it offers a great deal on top cable channels, including SEC Network. Its easy-to-understand package and fantastic features make it a top choice if you want to watch SEC Network without cable.

Channels & packages

YouTube TV, like Hulu With Live TV, has only a single package of channels. The cost is $40/month – up from $35/month when the service first launched – but for your money, you get a great selection of channels.

Naturally, this includes SEC Network. Other available sports channels include ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNews, Fox Sports 1 and 2, BTN, CBS Sports Network, and NBCSN, just to name a few. Overall, you get a really well-rounded package of channels.

Features and extras

YouTube TV has, perhaps, the best overall features of any modern internet TV service. Let’s start with the cloud DVR. You can record as many shows or events as you want for 9 months, with no other limits. This makes YouTube TV the best choice for anyone who tends to record a lot of TV.

You can also create up to 6 separate user accounts, each of which receives a separate DVR. In addition, you can stream on 3 devices at once, which is much better than some other choices on our list, like DirecTV Now, Sling Orange, and Hulu With Live TV.

Device support used to be a weak spot when YouTube TV came out. When it was first released, it only supported the Chromecast, iOS and Android devices, and the Chrome web browser. Now, though, additional apps have been released for Roku and Apple TV, as well as Xbox One and select smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Hisense, VIZIO and Sharp.

There are only two drawbacks to YouTube TV. For the most part, it’s only available in urban and suburban areas, and there’s no Amazon Fire TV app, due to a silly feud between Google and Amazon that’s been going on for more than a year. Beyond that, it’s a great choice for watching SEC Network without cable.

PlayStation Vue

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PlayStation Vue offers a great streaming experience, good features, and a solid channel package. However, it’s a bit more on the expensive side and has failed to gain much widespread adoption, despite these benefits.

Channels & packages

With PlayStation Vue, you can choose from a total of 4 different channel packages, as follows:

  • Access – 45 channels, $45/month
  • Core – 60 channels, $50/month
  • Elite – 84 channels, $60/month
  • Ultra – All Elite channels plus HBO/Showtime, $80/month

To get SEC Network, you’ll need to get the $50/month “Core” plan. It doesn’t come with the cheapest, $45/month “Access” plan. In addition to SEC Network, you’ll get some other top sports channels, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNews, CBS Sports, BTN, FS1 and FS2, The Golf Channel, NBCSN, NFL Network and NBA TV, MLB Network, and a few regional sports networks, depending on your area.

If that’s not enough for you, you can add the $10/month Sports Pack to your subscription to get more than 20 Fox and NBC regional sports networks, NFL RedZone, ESPN Classic and ESPN Goal Line, and more.

Overall, PlayStation Vue is a bit pricey, but it is definitely one of the best packages for sports channels.

Features and extras

PlayStation Vue has great features, particularly for those who live in larger households and must share their internet TV subscription. To start off, you can stream on up to 5 devices at once with PlayStation Vue. That’s more than any other option on our list, beyond Hulu With Live TV + the Unlimited Screens package, which costs a steep extra fee.

You also get a 28-day unlimited DVR. The short time limit is a bit disappointing, but there are no other restrictions on how much content you can record, and 28 days is long enough for most folks to clear out their DVR backlog.

Device support is also surprisingly good. Naturally, you can stream on PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles, but also on your computer, and your iOS/Android smartphone or tablet. Other living-room devices that are supported include the Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, and Android TV.

DirecTV Now

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Owned by AT&T, DirecTV Now is one of the fastest-growing internet TV services, with a great lineup of channels and some recently-improved features, such as the addition of a cloud DVR. But is it a good way to watch SEC Network without cable? Find out.

Channels & packages

DirecTV Now, like PlayStation Vue, lets you choose between four different channel packages, based on your TV preferences and your budget. They are as follows:

  • Live A Little – 65+ channels, $40/month
  • Just Right – 85+ channels, $55/month
  • Go Big – 105+ channels, $65/month
  • Gotta Have It  – 125+ channels, $75/month

To get SEC Network, though, you’ll only need to get the cheapest, $40/month Live A Little package. As far as other sports networks go, you’ll get ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU as well as ESPNews, as well as FS1, BTN, NBCSN, NFL Network, and Tennis Channel.

To get other top sports channels, like FS2, Golf Channel, and CBS Sports, you’ll need to upgrade to the $65/month Go Big package.

Overall, this means that DirecTV Now does not offer the best value per-channel if you’re only interested in sports. However, all DirecTV Now packages also include a really good selection of entertainment, lifestyle, news, and local channels – so this is a decent all-around choice if you’re not looking exclusively for sports channels.

Features and extras

DirecTV has improved its features, but they still fall a bit short. Until the middle of 2018, for example, DirecTV had no DVR. And while they promised a free 100-hour DVR for subscribers, they only delivered a restrictive, 20-hour DVR – which is the lowest option currently available from any service in the business. There’s currently no way to upgrade it, either.

You also can only watch on 2 devices at once, though DirecTV Now has started offering a third stream for a $5/monthly additional fee. Still, this is disappointing compared to some other picks on our list, like PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV.

DirecTV Now does have stellar device support, though. Just about every device you’ll use is supported, from web browsers and iOS/Android devices to Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, and select 2017-2018 Samsung Smart TVs.

WatchESPN

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If you subscribed to any of the above services to watch SEC Network without cable, we’ve got good news for you. Your internet TV login will work just like a cable login and allow you to watch SEC Network without cable, using the WatchESPN app or website.

To get started, just download the app or head to the website. Then, use your Hulu, Sling, YouTube TV, DirecTV Now, or PlayStation Vue login to unlock the content. You can watch any ESPN channel that’s part of your subscription, including SEC Network.

Why do this at all? Well, it’s nice to have the flexibility to watch directly from the app or website, for one thing. But another benefit is that, when you stream through WatchESPN, this doesn’t count against your simultaneous streams on your preferred internet TV service.

For example, if you have Sling Orange – which only lets you stream on a single device – you could log into WatchESPN while someone else is using your Sling Orange subscription, and you could still watch SEC Network without cable.

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