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. Thirty years ago, all you needed to do to catch a race was to turn on your TV, wiggle your antenna, and tune in to whatever race happened to be on that week. But in the age of cable television, we have more races on more channels than ever before; and sadly most of them require a cable subscription to watch.
But luckily for us, the cord cutting revolution has come along and given us a whole new way to watch television; and it doesn’t require having to sign up for cable.
If you’re a NASCAR fan that hates cable television, then get ready to start your engines because today you’re going to learn how to watch NASCAR without cable. Let’s get started!
How to Watch NASCAR With an Antenna
The easiest and cheapest way to watch NASCAR without cable is to get an over-the-air (OTA) antenna. Don’t let the name throw you off, an OTA antenna is just a modern update to the old rabbit ear antennas we all grew up with.
The difference, however, is that the with a modern OTA antenna you’ll be able to pick up all of the major broadcast networks in 1080i HD instead of the old grainy picture you used to get with the rabbit ears.
With an OTA antenna you’ll be able to pick up Fox and NBC; both of which broadcast NASCAR races over-the-air.
To figure out which OTA antenna is best for you, read the reviews here. Some antennas work better in urban settings, while others work best out in the country. Some stations might be further away than others, so make sure the antenna of your choice has the range to pick everything up.
A great way to find out what’s in your area is to use the website AntennaWeb.org.
NASCAR TV Schedule
The schedule is pretty straight forward. NASCAR offers a weekly view and a season long list of channels, times and races:
How to Watch NASCAR Online
While you may be able to watch your fair share of NASCAR with an OTA antenna, the majority of races will air on the cable channels FS1 and NBCSN. Since an antenna can’t pick these channels, you are going to need a subscription to an online streaming service.
Now there are a lot of different services out there, and which one you go with will depend on your other viewing habits. The four services that you’ll need to choose from are: Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, DIRECTTV NOW, and fuboTV. Here’s a quick rundown of each one.
NASCAR on fuboTV
- Required Package: fubo Premier
- Monthly Cost: $20 for first two months, $40 afterwards.
- Includes: 70+ channels, including FS1 and NBCSN
- Pros: Great if you enjoy soccer and international sports
- Cons: No ESPN for now but I expect things to change soon.
- fuboTV Overview Article
- Free Trial
NASCAR on DirecTV NOW
- Required Package: Live a Little
- Monthly Cost: $35
- Includes: 60+ channels, including FS1 and NBCSN
- Pros: Well rounded channel lineup, includes ESPN 1 & 2
- Cons: None that I can think of as long as you find value in the channel line up they offering. DirectTV Now is one the most popular services available.
- DirecTV Now Overview Article
- Free Trial
NASCAR on PlayStation Vue
- Required Package: Core Access
- Monthly Cost: $40
- Includes: 40+ channels, including FS1 and NBCSN
- Pros: Includes live OTA channels in select areas
- Cons: Offers fewer channels than DirecTV NOW but costs $5 more.
- PSVue Overview Article
- Free Trial
NASCAR on Sling TV
- Required Package: Blue
- Monthly Cost: $25
- Includes: 45 channels, including FS1 and NBCSN
- Pros: Cheapest plan available, offers live OTA channel in select areas
- Cons: Does not include ESPN
- Sling TV Overview Article
- Free Trial
To see a side by side comparison of all these streaming services, check out our Streaming Services Matrix.
NASCAR on YouTube
NASCAR Digital Media and YouTube have teamed up to offer fans the opportunity to catch every moment of NASCAR. Races will not be live, and will be view-able in chunks, but this is a great cost effective way to watch NASCAR for free.
Now if you don’t like missing out on a single race, and none of these streaming options work for you, then you have the option of listening to the broadcasts online or on the radio. Not as convenient, 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.
Finally, of course there is a Mobile App option. NASCAR Mobile offers Live Leaderboards, Real-Time Track Position & Driver Telemetry, Driver Audio, In-Car Cameras, In-Race Highlights, Broadcast Radio & Officials Radio
Exclusive News, Video & Social Media feeds.
The app is free and available on Google and in the Apple store. Probably a must have for any die-hard NASCAR fan, regardless if you are able to watch the matches or not.
Watching NASCAR Live Without Cable
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 just an antenna, you should be able to get your fix if your willing to spend a bit more.
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!