Cordcutters now have a way to watch College Basketball Online and OTA without a Costly Cable TV Subscription
College Basketball is just around the bend, which means cord cutting enthusiasts looking for a cable TV alternative will soon be looking for a way to watch college basketball without cable. In recent years it has been hard for college basketball fans to watch without a cable TV subscription, but new opportunities in the streaming service world has opened back up the sport to cord cutting fans.
If you’re looking to watch college basketball without cable, here’s how you do it:
Watching College Basketball Over-the-Air
The first thing you’ll need is an over-the-air (OTA) antenna. An OTA antenna is just like the old antennas you grew up with; only it’s sleeker, capable of picking up HD picture, and doesn’t come with all the fuzzy static of yesterday.
With an OTA antenna, you’ll be able to pick up CBS and FOX; which are the only broadcast networks that shows NCAA Men’s Basketball. Although coverage is limited on OTA, an OTA antenna can still provides hours of free entertainment even after basketball season is over with and is well worth the investment.
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Watch College Basketball Online
For all other forms of Basketball, you’ll most likely have to turn to the online streaming service Sling TV. For $20 a month, you can stream over 20 live televisions channels; both live and on-demand. Included in the default subscription are almost all of the networks that broadcast college basketball.
Those stations are included are: ESPN (with SportsCenter), ESPN2, TBS, and TNT. The only stations that broadcast college basketball that you can’t get with the default Sling package, excluding CBS and Fox, are truTV and Fox Sports 1.
As far as truTV goes, you can now get that through Sling TV’s base package (updated 3.14.16). If that’s not enough basketball for you, can also subscribe to Sling’s Sports Extra package; which includes SEC Network, ESPNU, and ESPN Buzzer Beater.
Try it out with their 7-day free trial
College Sports Live
Now if you follow a team that doesn’t usually get the spotlight or you just love to get as much college basketball as humanly possible, then I would suggest giving College Sports Live a good look. For $10 a month or $100 a year you get access to games from over 75 different schools spanning across 30 different sports; college basketball included.
It’s a great way to catch up on your hometown team or to discover a new underdog favorite. Read the full review now.
Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports 1 is now in reach with Sling TV’s new Multi-Stream service. This is a huge deal for cord cutters and is good sign of things to come.
Watching College Basketball Games Online and Over-the-Air is a Solid Alternative to Paying the High Cost of Cable TV.
So with an OTA antenna and a subscription to Sling TV, you should have no trouble watching college basketball without cable.
Maybe in the future, streaming services for college sports will proliferate like they have for professional sports. After all, it would be great to see every college game every weekend with some burdensome subscription package; but if the recent cord cutting advances mean anything, we may not be too far off.
If you’re interested in getting a jump start to the season here is a great article that highlights the 2015-16 College Basketball Early Season Tournaments And Events. “A regularly updated list of the 2015-16 men’s college basketball season’s early season tournaments and showcases, which will eventually include schedule and TV information.” SB Nation, Blogging the Bracket
Are you ready for some College Basketball? Who do you think will make it to March Madness this year? Sound off in the comments below!