Cut the Cord, but Keep Your Soccer
FuboTV, MLS Live, Fox Soccer 2 Go, Dish World & More…
In general, for a soccer fan, it can be difficult to get access to your favorite games; whether you have cable or not. For the cord cutting soccer fan, watching your favorite team might seem impossible.
Take heart soccer fans, the sport’s lack of US popularity is actually a good thing. Telecom giants like Comcast are too busy trying to screw Football (American), Baseball, Basketball fans to even notice the International sport; which makes watching soccer without cable way easier than if you actually had cable.
One way to watch soccer is through the use of an Over-the-Air (OTA) antenna; which is a device that can pick up the digital signal transmitted by broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CW, Univision, Telemundo, etc…) for free.
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Most antennas are relatively cheap; costing roughly $30-$50. If you’re in the market for a good antenna, I would suggest the Mohu Leaf. It’s small, it’s powerful, and its cheapest model is $30.
You can catch 34 regular season Major League Soccer (MLS) games, two MLS playoff games, and the MLS All-Star Game on Univision’s UniMás station. NBC will also broadcast three regular-season MLS games and two MLS playoff games. For more information about which games will air on UniMás and NBC, click here.
Watching Soccer Online has never been easy as it is with Sling TV. With their Blue Package you get 40+ channels, including NBC Sports. And with NBC Sports you get access to English Premier League (EPL). Here is a link to the upcoming scheduled events on NBC Sports: EPL on NBC Sports Schedule
If your are interested in checking out Sling TV, the Blue Package that I am referring to only costs $25 a month and they offer a 7-DAY FREE TRIAL.
Fubo.TV is an on-demand and real-time streaming service that offers live games, re-runs of previous matches, news, club channels, and documentaries in HD quality on your TV, PC, games consoles and even your mobile devices.
Watch matches live and on-demand from the LFP, LIGUE 1, SERIE A, BUNDESLIGA, & the LIGA Portugal league. Also access Live Soccer Channels like beIN Sports, GOLTV, ENFICATV, FUBO TV Network, & the Daily Football Report.
Fubo.TV offers both a free and subscription-based service that features and they claim to be the largest collection of football / soccer videos, match highlights, interviews and behind-the-scene footage, as well as offering live audio.
Supported Devices include: iPhone, Android, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV.
Perhaps the most comprehensive and cost effective cord cutting options for soccer fans is the service Klowd TV. Klowd TV is essentially the Spanish Language cousin of Sling TV with a fantastic twist. Instead of paying for a default package, Klowd TV offers you low-cost $3 packages that you can pick and choose.
One of those $3 plans is Klowd TV’s sports package; which comes with the channels Bein Sports, Azteca, and GolTV. With those three channels you can watch hundreds of games from leagues across the world; including La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, and Bundesliga.
Similar to NBA League Pass and NHL Game Center, MLS Live gives you access to every out of market MLS soccer game for a monthly fee. For the entire 2015 Season you can expect to pay around $65. That’s a heck of a deal if you ask me.
As far as device support goes, MLS supports almost every device on the market. MLS live is compatible with Android, Mac, Windows, Roku, Chromecast, etc… You’ll be hard pressed to find a device that it doesn’t work on.
As far as features go, you get DVR-like functions where you can pause, rewind, or slow down a game. You can pull up past game on-demand and they also take the time to bookmark key plays and goals so you know where the exciting parts are. You also get real times stats, scores, and information about which formation each team is using.
Unlike other sports, the blackouts with MLS Live are not as bad as the NFL’s or Major League Baseball. For the most part, blackouts only include games that air on ESPN, ESPN2, NBC, NBCSN, and UniMas; those games are made available 48 hours afterwards.
Fox Soccer 2 Go
If American soccer is not your style and you’re looking for more European matches, then Fox’s Soccer 2 Go is perfect for you. For $19.99 a month or $150 a season, you can get access to over 1,200 soccer matches from around the world.
Comprehensive list of soccer leagues you get access to:
- UEFA Champions League
- UEFA Europa League
- UEFA European Qualifiers
- FA Cup
- Scottish Premier League
- Scottish Championship
- England Home Internationals
- Hyundai A-League
- CONCACAF Champions League
- CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifiers
- CONCACAF U17s and U20s
- CONCACAF Gold Cup
Soccer 2 Go has similar DVR/On-Demand features like MLS Live, so you won’t find too many differences in features; but in terms of sheer content, Soccer 2 Go has MLS Live beat hands down.
Soccer 2 Go is supported on the following platforms: PC, MAC, iPhone, iPad, iTouch, Android smartphones, and via AirPlay on your Apple TV. Sadly, there is no Roku or Google Chrome app but with a few cords you can simply hook your PC up to the TV.
Surprisingly, this subsidiary of Dish Network does not require a cable subscription. For $10 a month, you can get access to 7 international sports channels; which are:
- beIN Sports (English and Spanish)
- Willow Cricket
- One World Sports
- Universal Sports
- Nautical Channel
- Trace Sport Stars International
With Dish World, you can get access to access to matches such as the African World Cup qualifier as well as all the games from legendary British teams like Chelsea, Arsenal, and Bayern Munich. It may not be as fancy or inclusive as MLS Live and Soccer 2 Go, but it’s great if you’re on a budget or just can’t get enough soccer.
The World Cup
As you’ve noticed, none of the packages include the World Cup. In the United States, you don’t have too many options when it comes to watching the World Cup. ESPN has the rights to the English-language broadcast in the US and Telemundo has the Spanish-language broadcast rights in the US.
However, the BBC broadcasts every World Cup Game for free on the BBC iPlayer; but there are blackout restrictions, unfortunately.
As you can see, soccer is one of the best sports to watch if you have cut the cord. With the methods I’ve shown you today, you can get so many soccer matches that it would be nearly impossible to watch them all. Maybe it’s not so bad to be a cord cutting soccer fan after all.
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