How to Watch NASCAR Without Cable
From Online to Over-the-Air
If there is one group of sports fan that gets often overlooked, it’s NASCAR fans. There are a few, sometimes difficult but available, ways to watch baseball, football, basketball, and even soccer without cable; but for the last several years, options for the cord cutting race fan has been few and far between. Lets take a look at what options we do have.
Can I Watch NASCAR Online?
YES. Most uniformed fans wind up having to shamefully belly up and drop upwards of a hundred dollars a month for a cable subscription that they really don’t want or need. In this modern age where online content rules, there are very few excuses for professional sports leagues to not have some kind of streaming option; and yet, sadly, there is none for NASCAR.
So what’s a person to do? Do you bow down before the might of big cable or do you sadly listen to the race by the radio, wishing you could see the action? The answer is neither; because believe it or not, you have more options that the cable industry would like you to believe.
How to Watch NASCAR Live without Cable
Since NASCAR does not offer a subscription service, like the NFL or NBA does, your best bet for watching NASCAR live is through an over-the-air (OTA) antenna. An OTA antenna will pick up the signal transmitted by the major broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, etc…) and is a great way to get hours of free television.
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Although in recent years a bulk of NASCAR races have aired on ESPN; this coming season, that is not the case.
In 2013, NASCAR signed a broadcasting agreement with NBC and extended its existing broadcasting deal with FOX to show the first half of the Sprint Cup Series for another 10 years.
Here is a great NASCAR TV Schedule. When reading over this schedule, the first thing you will notice is that there are two channels that offer 80-90% of the races; and they are FOX, FS1 & FS2. Keep reading as I will explain how to watch all of these channels without a Cable Subscription.
Watch NASCAR with Sling TV
For the longest time, NASCAR fans have pretty much been left out in the cold by the powers that be. With the majority of races airing on Fox Sports 1 & 2 (FS1), there’s been almost no way to watch a full season of NASCAR without having to turn to the radio or the cable company.
With the announcement of Sling TV Multi Stream package comes a bundle of new networks available for streaming; including Fox and the Fox Sports Networks. And if you took a look at the schedule above, all you need is FS1 to enjoy most of the races. The price tag is still $20 but you’ll be able to get all the NASCAR that you’ve been missing.
Even better, since the new package lets up to three devices stream Sling TV simultaneously; you’ll hear no more complaints about hogging the TV all day. It’s a win-win for the whole family. As with the base package, their is a 7-day free trial, so test it out and see what you think. There is no risk, what do you have to lose?
Ten of the first sixteen Sprint Cup races will air on FOX, including the Daytona 500, and seven of the final 20 races of the series will air on NBC. Also, four of the first fourteen races in the Xfinity series will air on FOX and four of the last 15 races in the series will air on NBC.
For a more in-depth look, here is the NASCAR broadcast schedule for the 2015 season.
Now if you don’t like missing out on a single race, then you have the option of listening to the radio. Not as convenient as being able to watch NASCAR online but there are plenty of live NASCAR radio streams for you to fill in the gaps. It may not be as exciting or as sexy as watching the race in 1080p HD; but if you hate missing a race, this is a way stay up to date.
NASCAR on PS VUE
Playstion Vue recently expanded their service to include the rest of the U.S., and for NASCAR fans, the channels you will be most excited about are F1, and F2. When you take a deep look at the NASCAR TV schedule (link provided previously), you will notice that many of the upcoming races are airing on F1 or F2; and with the PS Vue system, you can not only watch this channel, but you can DVR it as well. Learn more by reading: SLING TV VS PLAYSTATION VUE – A TELEVISION STREAMING BATTLE ROYAL
As a cord cutting NASCAR fan, you do have some options. It’s not perfect but if you want to save money you will need to be a bit flexible. While it is true that you cannot watch every race with an antenna, you should be able to get your fix. Who knows, maybe you can save up and go to an actual NASCAR event with the money you save. So what are you waiting for? Stop paying too much for too little; make the leap, cut the cord, and kill the cable bill today!