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5 Ways to Watch NFL Football without Cable TV

How to Watch Football Without Cable: Online, OTA, & on Your Mobile Device

Did I say 5 Ways to Watch? Ohh sorry, I meant 13 Ways to Watch Football Without Cable. Sorry if you were expecting the bare minimum. Thanks to new services, there are more ways to watch NFL games without cable than ever before!

In an effort to capture the interest of Cord Cutters and Cord Nevers, the NFL has made watching football without a cable TV subscription easier than ever. With new ways to stream local and primetime games online and on your mobile device, 2018 is shaping up to be the best year ever to watch NFL without a cable subscription.

With a multitude of solutions including OTA Antennas, Amazon Prime, Yahoo Sports Mobile App, Twitch, NFL Mobile App, Fubo TV, Sling TV and several more; there is no longer a reason to pay the high price of cable TV. 


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It’s the most wonderful time of the year; the summer heat is slowly gaining, and NFL football has finally returned. For the cord cutting sports fan, it has never been easier to watch NFL games without cable.

To make sure you don’t miss a game this season, here’s how you can watch the NFL without cable.

But before we get into all the different ways to watch, I will briefly go over TV channel lineups, our NFL Streaming Matrix, weekly key match-ups,  and the Thursday Night Football schedule.

The Channels You Need to Watch NFL Games Without Cable

When building out your cord-cutting arsenal, the first thing you need to know is what channels NFL games air on in 2018. Once you know what channels you need access too, you can build out a package that plugs all the holes, providing you a complete solution.

Thursday Night Football

TNF airs on a few different channels, depending on the week (NFL Network, FOX, & Amazon Prime (press release). Check out a complete Thursday Night Football TV schedule below. >> 2018 TNF Schedule

In 2017 Amazon Prime streamed 11 TNF games, and in 2016 Twitter streamed 10 games. Neither the NFL or Amazon has announced the streaming rights for the 2018 Thursday Night Football, but some have reported that the first game will Week 4, Sept. 27: Vikings at Rams.

Sunday Football

Sunday Football airs on NBC, CBS, and FOX. Plus you have the NFL RedZone Channel, which offers nonstop coverage of every red zone drive in real time. >> 2018 NFL Schedule

Monday Night Football

MNF airs exclusively on ESPN >> 2018 MNF Schedule

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How to Watch College Football Without Cable

College football is in the air and if you dislike cable television as much as I do, then the number one question on your mind is probably “How do I watch college football without cable?”

The good news for you is that it has never been easier for cord-cutters to tune into college football without an expensive cable bill, and today I am going to discuss every option available.

 

College Football Channels

Before we get into how exactly you can watch college football without cable, let’s talk about the television networks that you’re going to need access to. With a few exceptions, you’ll find that most college football games air on the following stations:

  • ABC
  • NBC
  • CBS
  • FOX
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • ESPN 3
  • ESPNU
  • SEC Network
  • ACC Network
  • BTN (which stands for Big Ten Network)
  • Pac-12 Network.

Now that you know where the action is, let’s take a look at how to watch college football online and over-the-air.

 

College Football TV Schedule

There are a lot of schedules online but the best one I have found is produced by NCAA.com. Click here to see a complete TV Schedule of upcoming games. ESPN also has a good schedule available.

 

Watch College Football with an Antenna

One of the cornerstones of your cord-cutting college football setup is going to be the over-the-air antenna. With an OTA antenna, you will be able to pick ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX. OTA antennas are cheap, there are no monthly fees, and everything you watch will show up in 1080i HD.

Typically, you’re going to see prime times games airing on ABC and Fox. For your SEC fix, CBS is going to be your go-to destination; and for all things Notre Dame, NBC is where you want to be. Sometimes what you want to watch will depend on where you are and occasionally there will be blackouts, so be sure to check which game airs a few days prior to kickoff.

Here is a link to an article on NCAA.com that seems to keep a pretty good list of upcoming games, along with what channels they will air on.

Keep in mind that antennas ONLY cover games on NBC/FOX/CBS/ABC. For games airing on ESPN and all the other college football channels, you’ll need another option – find out more below.

 

7 Ways to Watch College Football Online

Online streaming services are a great way to watch college football online. In recent years the rise of live television streaming has given way to previously cable-only channels, like ESPN, to become part of the live streaming lineup.

Because college sports are a lot more fragmented than the professionals, it’s going to be difficult to catch EVERY single college game. Aside from the physical limitations of watching every game on Saturday, different services will simply offer you access to different NCAA conferences.

To help you out with your search for that perfect college football friendly streaming service, here’s a quick rundown of the available live television streaming services that are good to watch college football without cable.

1. College Football on Sling TV

Sling TV (free trial) has is a budget-friendly online streaming service that offers a good way to watch college football games online. It offers two primary subscription plans; Sling Orange and Sling Blue. Both are available for $25 per month. You can also get both for $40 a month and get all of the channels included in the Orange and Blue plans.

Here are some of the most important college football channels that you get with each plan:

Sling TV Orange
  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • ESPN 3
  • ACC Network
Sling TV Blue
  • FOX Network (in select areas)
  • NBC Network (in select areas)
  • Local FOX Sports stations (in select areas)
  • Local NBC Sports stations (in select areas)
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • NBC Sports Network

In addition to the two plans, you can pay $5 extra for a sports add-on and get additional channels that air college football. What channels come with the sports add-on will depend on which main plan you’re subscribed to, however, there is a bit of overlap.

Here’s what the sports-add on looks like for both plans.

Sports Extra Orange
  • SEC Network
  • SEC Network+
  • ESPNU
  • ESPNEWS
  • ESPN Goal Line
  • PAC-12 Network
  • LHN (Longhorn Network)**
Sports Extra Blue
  • PAC-12 Network
  • BEIN Sports

**This is technically not included in the subscription, but you can access LHN content through the WatchESPN app using your Sling TV credentials.

The bottom line is this: Sling TV is the most affordable way to watch college football games without cable. Technically an antenna is cheaper, BUT, antennas offer fairly limited coverage of CFB as they don’t include ESPN channels.

Click here to try a free 7 day trial of Sling TV.

 

2. College Football on Hulu Live

Hulu Live is the streaming giant’s attempt at breaking into the live television streaming market with this cable TV alternative. Currently, there is only one plan available and it costs $40 a month.

Here are the relevant sports channels included in the plan:

  • ABC (in select areas)
  • CBS (in select areas)
  • NBC (in select areas)
  • FOX (in select areas)
  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • ESPN 3 (via WatchESPN App)
  • ESPNU
  • ESPN Goal Line
  • ESPN College Extra
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • SEC Network
  • NBCSN
  • Big Ten Network

Hulu is perhaps the most complete way to watch college football without cable. It includes many of the most important channels you’ll need to keep up, all in one package. Not only does it cover ESPN’s network of channels, but it offers NBC, FOX, CBS and ABC in most areas. While Sling and other similar services do offer these channels in some areas, nobody currently has as good of coverage as Hulu Live TV.

And while it’s more expensive than Sling TV, Hulu still offers excellent value. This is particularly true if you consider the fact that Hulu Live TV comes with the original Hulu, which is a huge on-demand library of thousands of entertainment options (similar to Netflix).

Click here to try Hulu Live TV free for 7 days!

 

  1. College Football on DirecTV Now

Not to be confused with the satellite service Direct TV, DirecTV Now (free trial) is much more like our previously mentioned online streaming services. DirecTV Now is a bit more robust as it gives you a larger number of channels overall.

There are several channel packages available. Here’s what each plan has to offer you:

Live a Little – $40 monthly
  • ABC (in select areas)
  • CBS (in select areas)
  • NBC (in select areas)
  • FOX (in select areas)
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • NBCSN
Just Right – $55 monthly
  • ABC Network (in select areas)
  • CBS Network (in select areas)
  • NBC Network (in select areas)
  • FOX Network (in select areas)
  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • NBCSN
  • BTN (Big Ten Network)
  • ESPNU
  • SEC Network
Go Big – $65 Monthly
  • ABC Network (in select areas)
  • CBS Network (in select areas)
  • NBC Network (in select areas)
  • FOX Network (in select areas)
  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • NBC Sports Network
  • BTN (Big Ten Network)
  • ESPNU
  • SEC Network
  • CBS Sports
  • Fox Sports Network
  • FS2

There is one more subscription plan called “Gotta Have It” for $75 a month, but none of the additional channels will increase your ability to watch college football.

Overall, DIRECTV NOW is a great way to stream college football without cable TV. It’s more expensive than some options, but also offers a very impressive lineup of channels.

Click here to try DIRECTV NOW free for 7 days.

 

4. College Football Online with YouTube TV

YouTube TV (free trial) is another option. There’s only 1 plan, but it offers a good selection of channels to watch CFB games without cable. This is a new service that’s still ironing out some kinks, but it’s definitely worth considering.

YouTube TV has only one package. For college football streaming, here are the important channels offered:

  • ABC (in select areas)
  • CBS (in select areas)
  • NBC (in select areas)
  • FOX (in select areas)
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • NBCSN
  • CBSSN
  • Big Ten Network
  • SEC Network
  • FOX Sports
  • FS1
  • FS2

YouTube TV offers a solid all-around selection. It’s useful for watching college sports online, as well as keeping up with news, TV shows, etc.

Click here to try a free trial of YouTube TV.

 

5. College Football with PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue has four different plans you can subscribe to, but we really only need to focus on the first three since the most expensive plan only adds on a few premium cable channels like HBO and Showtime. The three plans you need to familiarize yourself with are the Access, Core, and Elite subscription plans (though all of these plans are a bit pricey in my opinion).

Here are the relevant sports channels that you get with each plan:

Access – $45 monthly
  • ABC Network (in select areas)
  • CBS Network (in select areas)
  • NBC Network (in select areas)
  • FOX Network (in select areas)
  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • BTN (Big Ten Network)
  • CBS Sports Network
  • NBC Sports Network
Core – $50 monthly
  • ABC Network (in select areas)
  • CBS Network (in select areas)
  • NBC Network (in select areas)
  • FOX Network (in select areas)
  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • BTN (Big Ten Network)
  • CBS Sports Network
  • NBC Sports Network
  • ESPNU
  • Local FOX Sports stations (in select areas)
  • SEC Network
Elite – $60 monthly
  • ABC Network (in select areas)
  • CBS Network (in select areas)
  • NBC Network (in select areas)
  • FOX Network (in select areas)
  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • BTN (Big Ten Network)
  • CBS Sports Network
  • NBC Sports Network
  • ESPNU
  • Local FOX Sports stations (in select areas)
  • SEC Network
  • Fox College Sports (in select areas)

If you have the Core plan or above, you can pay an extra $10 a month to get the Sports Pack; which includes ESPN Goal Line. FOX Sports Networks, FOX College Sports, Stadium and LHN (Longhorn Network) and more.

Overall, Vue is a good option, but it doesn’t really offer anything unique to set it apart from the competition – especially considering its higher price tag.

Click here to try a free 5 day trial of PS Vue.

 

6. College Football on fuboTV

fuboTV (free trial) is an online streaming service designed primarily for fans who want to watch sports without cable. Although those fans tend to be soccer fans, there is a decent collection of college football to be found and it is one of our cheaper options. There are several different subscription plans, but you really only need to pay attention to the $45 a month fubo plan; as the others are primarily dedicated to international sports.

Here are the relevant sports channels that you get with fuboTV:

  • ABC Network (in select areas)
  • CBS Network (in select areas)
  • NBC Network (in select areas)
  • FOX Network (in select areas)
  • NBC Sports Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • BEINSports
  • BTN (Big Ten Network)
  • PAC-12 Network

For an additional $9 a month, you can get the Sports Plus add-on, which includes the following:

  • PAC-12 Network: Arizona, Bay Area, Oregon, Washington, Mountain, Los Angeles, and more, plus FOX College Sports: Atlantic, Central, Pacific, and Stadium 1, 2 and 3

Keep in mind that fuboTV does NOT carry ESPN or any ESPN-owned networks. This is a notable downside for college football fans. That said, it’s still a good option for sports fans in general, and a decent way to watch college football without cable.

Click here to try fuboTV free for 7 days.

 

7. College Sports Live

College Sports Live (free trial) is an online streaming service dedicated to providing you with complete coverage of all college sports from 50 schools across the nation. This is a great service for people that follow smaller schools or just want a little extra coverage. The only catch is that it airs non-televised events, which means if your school is playing on ESPN, you can not stream it on College Sports Live.

You can either pay $10 a month for College Sports Live or you can pay $100 for the entire year. If you love other college sports besides basketball, this is definitely worth a look. It’s far from a complete solution, though.

 

Listen to College Football

If all else fails, and you just can’t find the game you’re looking for, or you are really strapped on cash then you might want to turn to the radio. Most games will have live audio coverage, and more often than not schools will stream the radio broadcast online on the team’s website.

Barring that, you can always use online radio apps, such as TuneIn, to find local broadcasts of the team you’re looking for. TuneIn has one of the widest selections of terrestrial radio stations and best of all, its free.

You can search by location, language, topic, and more. It’s super easy to find everything and you don’t need an incredibly fast connection in order to stream. If you’ve got a little imagination, it’s the perfect penny-pinching cable TV alternative.

 

Watching College Football Without Cable

Sometimes watching college football without cable can seem tricky, but with help from today’s guide, you should have no problem finding the game of your choice at a price you can afford to stomach.

What’s your favorite NCAA conference? SEC? Big Ten? Or maybe something a little smaller? Let us know in the comments below or sound off on social media!

Want to watch college football online while also keeping up with NFL? See our guide on how to watch NFL games without cable.

Can I Watch NASCAR Online without Cable?

Car racing has been a hit amongst sports fans since the days of the first car races. People love the thrill of the race and no races are bigger than the ones you’ll find on the NASCAR circuit. From MIS to Daytona, fans are fixated on their favorite tracks and racing teams. Of course, if you cut the cord, you might be in search of a way to watch NASCAR without cable. Whether you’re trying to watch the Xfinity Series, or you focus on the bigger NASCAR Cup races, you’re covered. Keep reading to learn all about when, where, and how you can stream NASCAR without cable.

This guide has all the details you need to watch NASCAR online. This includes everything from the start to the end of the racing season. If you want to stream NASCAR without cable, the following streaming services will allow you to do that and more!

 

Channels You Need to Watch NASCAR without Cable

NASCAR tends to air on just a few channels, depending on your area. In most cases, NASCAR races will appear on the following channels:

  • FOX
  • Regional FOX Sports channels
  • Regional NBC Sports channels

These channels should give you access to most of the races that will air on TV. Obviously, if you have an antenna, you will get the races that air on FOX. However, there are ways to watch NASCAR without cable on all of the main channels that offer racing and commentary. These services will allow you to watch NASCAR online without cable, through the entire season!

 

How to Watch NASCAR without Cable: At a Glance

When most people cut the cord, the first thing they do is look for ways to watch their favorite shows and sports without a cable subscription. NASCAR fans will be pleased to know that it’s incredibly easy to watch NASCAR without cable. You can watch NASCAR without cable legally on FOX with a digital antenna, but if you want the races airing on FOX Sports and NBC Sports regional networks, you will need a streaming service to watch those. Many streaming services offer access to all of the channels you need to watch NASCAR online at a low cost. Here are the top options.

Hulu with Live TV is a great option if you’re planning to watch NASCAR online without cable. The Hulu Live package includes 50+ channels, including more access to local channels than any streaming service available. That means you should receive FOX in most areas of the country. FOX Sports and NBC Sports regional channels are also included. The combination of Hulu’s on-demand service and the 50+ live channels, makes Hulu Live a good replacement option if you’re planning to ditch cable. You can learn more by trying things out with the Hulu Live 7-day free trial!

DIRECTV NOW also has what you need to watch NASCAR online. The main difference between Hulu Live and DIRECTV NOW is that DIRECTV NOW offers multiple packages to choose from. Starting at $40 a month, you’ll have over 60 channels, but could have as many as 100+ channels in larger packages. FOX is available in many areas and many packages include both FOX Sports and NBC Sports regional channels. Check out our DIRECTV NOW review, here.

 

Using Live Streaming Services to Watch NASCAR Online

Cutting the cord saves plenty of money. While it may seem nerve-wracking at first, trying to find a way to watch your favorite shows, streaming TV makes cord cutting a breeze! Services are all pretty similar, offering packages with popular channels and no contracts. Once you find the package with the channels you want and the setup you like, you’ll be good to go. You’ll be saving money and you won’t miss cable for a second.

Services like Hulu Live and DIRECTV NOW offer a mix of live streaming and on-demand TV. This includes sports, entertainment, news, movies, and more. Your channel lineup will include something for everyone in the family. You can opt for budget-friendly plans that offer 30+ channels for $25 or you can get 50+ channels or more for packages starting at $40.

Packages are similar to cable, but you don’t have any commitment and your bill is lower.

With cable bills continually on the climb, more and more customers are jumping ship and moving to streaming services. When you consider that Sling TV offers packages from $25 a month, it makes sense why someone would switch! Other services like Hulu Live, DIRECTV NOW, and YouTube TV start at $40 a month. Streaming services allow you to cancel their services whenever you want, without contracts, which allows you more freedom to ensure you end up with the service that suits you best. Unlike cable, most streaming services also offer a free trial, so you have a chance to become familiar with the service before you pay for it.

As many similarities as there are, there are some differences, as well. The main difference is that streaming services require an Internet connection to broadcast your TV. If you don’t have a good Internet connection, your streaming connection will suffer as a result. You’ll also need a device to stream through. The devices you can use will depend on the service you pick, but could include smart TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, and Roku.

If you need a way to watch NASCAR online and are ready to cut the cord, you’re about to find out all of the services you can use to stream NASCAR without cable.

 

Hulu with Live TV is One of the Top Ways to Watch NASCAR Without Cable

Hulu with Live TV is an excellent option if you want to watch NASCAR online. You’ll have all of the channels you need! To watch NASCAR, you’ll need FOX, and Hulu Live offers FOX and other local channels in more areas around the country than any other streaming service. FOX Sports and NBC Sports regional channels are also included in the 50+ channels that are offered. This package will provide a diverse channel lineup that offers something fun no matter who is watching.

Hulu Live offers a good service at a great price. For $40 a month you receive the 50+ live streaming channels and you also get Hulu’s on-demand service as part of your package. This gives you hundreds of hours of on-demand content, on top of all of your live TV options. Here are even more details:

  • Each package includes 50+ channels and the on-demand Hulu service
  • $40 per month
  • No commitments – you can cancel when you want
  • Add-ons like HBO are available
  • FOX, NBC Sports regional channels, and FOX Sports regional channels are included
  • Hulu Live makes a great way to watch sports without cable
  • Works using computers, Apple TV, Chromecast, gaming consoles, and more
  • Get started with a free 7-day trial

Hulu with Live TV should have everything you need to watch NASCAR without cable. You’ll also have access to the on-demand library and a DVR to record anything airing on live TV that you don’t want to miss. You can learn more in our Hulu with Live TV review.

 

Use fuboTV to Stream NASCAR without Cable

If you love sports, fuboTV is one of your best streaming options. Packages are available from $45 a month, with the first month discounted for just $40. This package includes over 70 channels of live TV, an on-demand library, and access to a cloud-DVR. FOX is included in most areas, as are both FOX Sports and NBC Sports regional channels. You’ll have sports channels from around the world, so no matter what sports you like, you will probably find them here.

fuboTV also includes a number of general non-sports channels and corresponding TV Everywhere apps. For example, if you’re trying to watch something on one of the FOX Sports regional channels you can also watch it on FOX Sports GO. Even better, you can access all of the FOX Sports channels in this way, in one spot. Here are some other great fuboTV details:

  • One of the top options for sports fans
  • Over 70 channels with many sports channels included
  • The first month is $40 and from then on, it’s $45/month
  • On-demand library and TV Everywhere apps are included
  • A cloud-based DVR is included
  • Watch on computers, mobile devices, Apple TV, and a variety of other streaming devices

fuboTV won’t be for everyone, but if you love sports this is a great choice. Otherwise, there may be better streaming services for you. fuboTV offers a free 7-day trial to give things a shot! You can learn more in our fuboTV review.

 

Other Ways to Watch NASCAR Without Cable

Hulu Live and fuboTV may be two of the best options to stream NASCAR online, but there are others. Check out these other options that will allow you to watch NASCAR without cable!

Sling TV – from $25/month – Sling TV offers 30+ channels including FOX Sports and NBC Sports regional channels. FOX is also available in many areas. In addition to live TV, you can also use the NBC Sports app and FOX Sports Go. Our Sling TV review has more details.

DIRECTV NOW – $40 a month – All NASCAR related channels should be included, depending on your area. If you are missing a channel, like FOX, you can sign into the FOX app or FOX Sports Go, with your DIRECTV NOW login. Here’s our DIRECTV NOW review to answer your questions.

YouTube TV – from $40/month – Like the other options, YouTube TV offers regional FOX Sports and NBC Sports channels, as well as FOX in most areas. The cool thing about YouTube TV is that you get a bottomless DVR. Our YouTube TV review is available if you want to learn more.

PlayStation Vue – starts at $45 a month – Most areas will receive FOX, along with the necessary regional sports channels from FOX Sports and NBC Sports. Multiple packages are available with 50+ channels, an on-demand library, and more.

As you can see, most streaming services offer a lot of similarities and only a few differences. When there are differences, they tend to be in the cost of the service, the channels that are available, and what devices you can stream on.

 

Wrapping Up

If you want to watch NASCAR without cable, those are the best ways to do that. You can watch NASCAR on FOX, which means that any of those races are available for free, if you use a digital antenna and have access to the local FOX channel. However, if you want to watch every race and you don’t have cable, you’ll need a streaming service to watch NASCAR online.

If you love other sports, we have a guide that will tell you how to watch sports online. Once you decide to get rid of cable you’ll find that streaming services are here to offer all the shows you love at a cost you can afford!

 

What is DIRECTV NOW? Review, Channel List, Cost, and More

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In this day and age, TV viewers have a wide range of options when it comes to watching TV. It used to be that cable TV was the only game in town – thankfully, that’s no longer the case. Even when it comes to LIVE television, there are now many options. One great choice is DIRECTV NOW, the popular online streaming service for cord-cutters.

But what is DIRECTV NOW, and how does it differ from cable or satellite? Find out in our full DIRECTV NOW review!

 

What is DIRECTV NOW?

DIRECTV NOW is an online streaming service. It works over the internet, and does not require a cable or satellite TV subscription. All you need is a DIRECTV NOW subscription (as low as $40/mo), a compatible device and an internet connection. Here’s the DIRECTV NOW review at a glance:

  • $40/mo for the base package
  • No contract or commitment
  • Get 65-125+ channels to watch live
  • Enjoy watching LIVE TV on all your devices
  • Works on computers, smartphones, streaming players like Roku, and more
  • Enjoy channels like FOX News, CNN, AMC, TNT, ESPN, FS1 and many more
  • You get a cloud DVR to record shows for later viewing

Basically, this service aims to be a complete alternative to cable TV. In many ways, it offers much of the same features. You’ll get a package of 60+ channels to watch live, and if you spring for a larger package you could get up to 125+ networks! All of these channels can be watched live as they air, with select content also available on-demand.

If it’s so similar to cable, why bother making the switch? Two words: price and flexibility.

On price, DIRECTV NOW starts at roughly 40% of the cost of the average cable TV package. The average cable bill now runs $107 a month, while DIRECTV NOW costs $40 a month. That’s a potential savings of over 60%!

On flexibility, DIRECTV NOW also shines. While cable providers lock you into 12-month contracts, DIRECTV NOW is contract-free. You can cancel the service at any time, without penalty.

It’s also the second most-popular live streaming service, with almost 2 million subscribers. It’s second only to Sling TV, a similar service that’s currently the #1 most popular option.

In a single sentence, what is DIRECTV NOW? It’s a contract-free, flexible and affordable cable TV alternative that gives you up to 125+ channels to watch live over the internet!

How does DIRECTV NOW work, though? Keep reading for more…

 

How DIRECTV NOW Works

DIRECTV NOW is an online service. This means it works over the internet, so you will definitely need a high-speed internet connection in order to use it. Experts recommend that you have at least 5-8mbps internet speeds in order to stream in HD. Beyond that, all you need is a device to use. Here are the basics of how DIRECTV NOW works:

  1. Sign up here for DIRECTV NOW  new users get a free week-long trial)
  2. Choose a channel package (ranges from 65-125+ channels)
  3. Choose any premium channels or add-ons that you want
  4. Sign into your DIRECTV NOW account
  5. Start watching live TV and on-demand shows on your computer!
  6. Sign into your DIRECTV NOW account on your other devices (mobile, streaming players, etc.)
  7. Enjoy watching live TV on all your favorite devices!
  8. Pay month-to-month, with the freedom to cancel any time (no-contract)

Those are the basics of how DIRECTV NOW works! Once you’re signed up and set up on your devices, the service functions similarly to cable. You can browse channels in a grid pattern (similar to cable), you can save favorite channels, and you can cruise through an on-demand selection. There’s also a DVR feature built-in to record TV (you don’t need a physical DVR).

So, we’ve covered the basics – what is DIRECTV NOW offering in terms of the nitty-gritty technical features?

 

DIRECTV NOW Technical Features

What is DIRECTV NOW bringing to the table when it comes to technical features?

Streaming quality – full HD (1080p). No 4K content currently, but there are plans to add in the future.

Frames per second – most channels are available at 60 frames per second. However, some devices may stream at 30FPS.

Device compatibility – Most devices. DIRECTV NOW devices include Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS devices, Android devices, and web browsers (Chrome and Safari).

DVR recording – cloud DVR is included at no cost. Record, fast forward and rewind your shows. Comes with 20 hours of storage, but recordings expire after 30 days.

Simultaneous streaming – you can watch 2 different channels on 2 separate devices at the same time. Add a third stream for $5/mo extra.

 

DIRECTV NOW Channel Lineup

The DIRECTV NOW channel list is quite impressive, to say the least. With up to 125+ networks to enjoy, there is plenty to watch! The smallest base package offers 65+ channels, which is significantly more than most other streaming services. Find details on DIRECTV NOW channels in each package right here:

“Live a Little” base package – $40 per month – 65+ channels. For this package, the DIRECTV NOW channel list includes:

A&E, ABC (only in select areas), AccuWeather, AMC, Animal Planet, Audience, AXS TV, Baby First, BBC America, BET, Bloomberg TV, Bravo, C-SPAN, C-SPAN 2, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, CBS (only in select areas) CMT, CNBC, CNN, Comedy Central, The CW (in select areas), Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, Food Network, Fox (select areas), Fox Business, Fox News, FS1, Freeform, FX, FXX, Galavision, Hallmark, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, HGTV, History, HLN, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, MSNBC, MTV, MTV2, National Geographic, NBC (select areas), NBCSN, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, OAN, Ovation, Paramount, Reelz Channel, RFD TV, Syfy, TBS, TCM, Teen Nick, Telemundo (select areas), TLC, TNT, truTV, TV Land, Univision, USA Network, Velocity HD, VH1, Viceland, WE tv

“Just Right” package – $55 per month – 85+ channels. For this package, the DIRECTV NOW channel lineup includes:

All channels in the previous package (except Ovation and Hallmark Movies), plus regional sports networks in some areas, AWE, BTN, CNBC World, Comedy TV, Cooking Channel, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, Fuse, Fusion, GSN, IFC, JusticeCentral, MLB Network, NFL Network, Nicktoons, OWN, Science, SEC Network, Sundance TV, Tennis Channel, Travel Channel, TV ONE, UniMas, UP and The Weather Channel.

“Go Big” package – $65 per month – 105+ channels. In the Go Big package, the channel lineup offers the following:

ALL channels from the previous two packages (except Hallmark Movies & Mysteries), plus American Heroes, Aspire, BBC World News, BET HER, CBS Sports Network, Destination America, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, DIY, FM, Fox Sports 2, FXM, FYI, Golf Channel, Lifetime Movie Network, LOGO, MTV Classic, Nat Geo Wild, NBA TV, NHL Network, Olympic Channel, Oxygen, Revolt, Sportsman Channel, TVG, Universal Kids, and NBC Universo.

“Gotta Have It” largest package – $75 per month – 125+ channels. This package includes the following channels:

ALL channels from the three other packages (except Hallmark Movies & Mysteries), plus Boomerang, El Rey, Starz Encore (8 different Starz channels), and Univision Deportes.

“Todo Y Mas” Spanish language package – $45 per month – 90+ channels. This package is meant for Spanish speakers, and includes Spanish-language networks like GolTV, ESPN Deportes, FOX Deportes, Cine Estalar and more.

You can also add premium channels, including HBO, Starz, Showtime and Cinemax, for an extra fee ($5-$8 per month.

As you can see, the DIRECTV NOW channel list really depends on which package you choose – and how much you’re willing to pay. Overall, though, the service has one of the more impressive lineups in the industry.

 

DIRECTV NOW Cost

DIRECTV NOW costs between $40 and $75 per month, depending on the package you choose. Here’s the scoop on DIRECTV NOW prices (more details in the section above):

“Live a Little” (base package) – $40/mo for 65+ channels

“Just Right” – $55/mo for 85+ channels

“Go Big” – $65/mo for 105+ channels

“Gotta Have It” – $75/mo for 125+ channels

“Todo Y Mas” (includes Spanish channels) – $45/mo for 90+ channels

There are also select international packages, starting from $20/mo.

In addition to these base packages, there are premium channels available for an additional fee. These can be added to any package:

HBO for $5/mo

Cinemax for $5/mo

Showtime for $8/mo

Starz for $8/mo

So, to sum up – DIRECTV NOW can cost as little as $40 a month for a basic package. If you choose a larger package and get add-ons, you can easily get close to $100 per month. So, the DIRECTV NOW price really depends on your preferences and budget!

 

DIRECTV NOW Pros & Cons

Is DIRECTV NOW worth it? What do DIRECTV NOW reviews from other customers say? Here’s a quick pros-and-cons breakdown:

Pros:

  • Excellent selection of channels
  • Watch sports without cable (NFL – including the NFL playoffs streamingNBA, MLB, etc)., news, TV shows and more
  • Good coverage of local channels (NBC, FOX, CBS, etc.)
  • Good coverage of local sports teams
  • Works with most devices
  • Non-contract
  • More affordable than most cable packages
  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • It can quickly get expensive for the larger packages
  • A few channels are included in the base package but not in the larger packs – confusing
  • It can lag/glitch out, at times

DIRECTV NOW reviews from other experts and customers are overall positive. Some older reviews of DIRECTV NOW mention significant glitches/errors, but most of these appear to have been resolved. Do keep in mind that since these services evolve so quickly, it’s important to find up-to-date reviews and information.

 

Is DIRECTV NOW Worth It?

What’s the bottom line? Is DIRECTV NOW worth trying? What is DIRECTV NOW offering to make it worthwhile?

Overall, this is a great service. It’s got one of the largest channel selections available without cable (if you’re willing to pay for it). The base package may be sufficient for many people, and is priced very fairly at $40/mo. The service also has good coverage of local channels and local sports. And it works on most devices!

There aren’t any huge downsides to be aware of – although we have noticed error messages/glitches on some devices from time to time.

Ultimately, this service is absolutely worth trying out. Whether it’s worth keeping long-term depends on how you like it, and if it serves the channels you crave!

The good news is that DIRECTV NOW offers a free trial for new members. You can test it out for free for 7 days to see if it’s for you. If not, cancel with no penalty! And even if you decide to keep it, you’ll always pay month-to-month, so you don’t have to commit to a long-term contract.

Thanks for reading our DIRECTV NOW review – let us know if you have any questions or comments!

Watch 2017 NBA Finals Without Cable – 1st Round

Watch 2017 NBA Playoffs without Cable

How to Watch 2017 NBA Finals Online & with an Antenna

Do you love the NBA but hate cable television? Would you like to know how to watch the NBA playoffs without cable? Then stick around, because that’s exactly what we’re going to be discussing today.

Isn’t it funny how time catches up on you? It only seems like yesterday that the Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA championships. But nearly a year later, here we are again eagerly awaiting the start of the 2017 NBA playoffs.

Like most sport events these days, it’s incredibly easy to tune in to the NBA playoffs without a costly cable subscription. That is, as long as you know where to go, and what to do.

To begin lets take a look at the channels you’ll need to catch all the action.  The NBA playoffs will air on these six channels: ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, TNT, and NBA TV.


Check out HOW TO WATCH NBA ONLINE & WITHOUT CABLE (Dec. 2017)


Now lets take a look at the different tools and platforms you can use to access these channels over the coming weeks. Continue reading Watch 2017 NBA Finals Without Cable – 1st Round

Streaming TV Matrix

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Find the Perfect Cable TV Alternative

Using the Streaming TV Services Matrix below you can easily figure out which streaming service is right for you. If you know what channels your favorite shows are on, then you know what channels you need to prioritize.

Like with most things, one size does not fit all. You  need to balance out cost and channel selection to find the cable TV alternative right for you.

Note: I did not include any packages of $50 or more. I made this decision because I don’t feel that packages at this price point are meant for cord cutters, nor do I believe they will help you save money. If you are looking for advice on robust TV packages, then you have come to the wrong place.

How to Use the Stream TV Matrix

DVR OPTIONS

  • PlayStation Vue offers a Cloud DVR
  • Sling TV offers a Cloud DVR on Fire TV (soon across all devices)
  • DirectTV Now does not offer DVR functionality

Continue reading Streaming TV Matrix

Streaming Service Free Trials

Streaming Service Free Trials

Complete List of Free Trials Available to Cord Cutters

When searching out a cable TV alternative, what streaming service you pick is critical. The ideal situation for a cord cutter is to get all the great content they had before quitting cable but with few commitments and fees. Because everyone is different, it can sometimes be hard (and expensive if you’re not careful) to find that perfect cable TV alternative.

To help make that search for the right streaming service a little easier, I’ve compiled a list of online streaming services with free trial periods. More will be added in the future, so be sure to check back later.

Now, let’s get to our list: Continue reading Streaming Service Free Trials