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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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Sling TV DVR Review: Cost, Features, Hacks, and More

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When the Sling TV DVR launched, subscribers were excited at the prospect of finally being able to record their favorite shows and events. Now that the DVR is out of the beta phase and fully available across devices, it’s time to see how it really stacks up. Read our full Sling TV DVR review for everything you need to know about this important feature.

 

A Little Background

After being in beta on Roku for an extended period of time, the much-anticipated Sling DVR  is now fully available on all devices except the Xfinity X1 platform, including Roku, Android devices, Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick. Adding cloud DVR service for live TV for only $5 more per month, it’s a great addition to their affordable streaming packages. The service allows you to store up to 50 hours of content to Sling’s servers, comparable to Hulu’s DVR service and a step up from Sony Vue which only allows you to save content for 28 days.

How Sling TV DVR Works

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Could Amazon Fire TV be used as a Cable TV Alternative?

Does Amazon Fire TV Replace Cable?

Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire Stick offer an unparalleled video streaming experience and are often used by those getting rid of cable. Quickly becoming the hottest streaming box and stick on the market, many have a lot of questions about Amazon’s streaming devices — such as, does Amazon Fire replace cable? Get answers below!

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The Amazon Fire TV Recast and the Fire TV Stick are two of the most impressive streaming players on the market today. These video streaming players are Internet-connected devices that let you watch video from services via an internet connection, on your TV.

Definition of a Complete Cable TV Alternative

Before we start dissecting Amazon Fire TV Recast and Stick, let’s talk about what a cable TV alternative is, and or should be.

The greatest weapon in a cord cutter’s arsenal is a video streaming device. For those of you that don’t know;  a video streaming device enables you to watch video streaming services like Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Netflix, Hulu, and HBO GO on your TV. Think of a streaming device as the replacement for your cable box.

A Video Streaming box (media set-top box) that aims to be a complete cable TV alternative, should provide:

  1. STREAMING SERVICES – Access to video content from sources as possible. The more options you have, the better chance you have of taking advantage of low prices and new content.
  2. USER INTERFACE – A user-friendly interface for easy searching and navigation. Jumping from show to show or movie to movie, should be as easy as changing channels on a standard Cable TV remote control.
  3. OTA INTEGRATION – Most importantly, and notably ignored by most, a set-top box with this goal integrate broadcast TV into their interface and offer a way to record it via a DVR.

In short, you need a solution that can act as the foundation in which you build upon with streaming services and access to free broadcast television. Let’s look at Amazon’s Fire TV video streamer and see how it matches up to these requirements.

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Channel Master Stream+ Review: Is the CM-7600 Worth It?

The Channel Master Stream+ (CM-7600) combines a streaming media player with an OTA DVR, presenting a unique, all-in-one product that’s perfect for cord cutters. But how does it perform? And is it worth the money? Read our Channel Master Stream+ review to find out.

 

A Little Background

It’s no secret that cable companies have a stranglehold on consumers. Expensive bills burn a hole in the pocket while little choice only adds to the frustration. As most of us are aware, pricey cable TV packages bundle tons of channels most consumers only ever flick through while channel surfing. This has led many consumers searching for a cheaper, more cost-effective way to watch their favorite TV programming.

For most, this has led them to consider “cutting the cord”. Unfortunately, ditching your cable provider means that you’re going to have to say goodbye to some of the modern conveniences you’ve become accustomed to, namely your DVR and channel guide. The channel guide is something that most consumers take for granted. The live listing of everything that is on every channel makes finding what you want to watch a breeze. In addition, the DVR function allows you to record live TV so that you can watch it later. Saying goodbye to either is a pretty big blow to TV enjoyment.

Fortunately, you don’t have to stick with price gouging cable companies to keep your channel guide and DVR functionality. Cord cutters rejoice, there are several third-party DVRs and channel guides that don’t require a cable TV subscription.

 

What is the Channel Master Stream+?

One of the most interesting and affordable DVRs on the market is the Stream+ (CM-7600) from Channel Master. Unlike most of the DVRs on the market, the Stream+ requires no monthly subscription fee. Additionally, the Stream+ features an integrated channel guide, so you don’t have to flick through the channels to see what’s on.

These two features alone are often enough to pique the interest of cord cutters, but the Stream+ has one more trick up it’s sleeve. The Channel Master Stream+ is also a streaming video player powered by Android.

 

Channel Master Stream+ Cost

With the Stream+, you get two great products in one — a streaming media player and an OTA DVR. So, how much does the Channel Master Stream+ cost?

Consumers get all that functionality for only $149. This makes the CM-7600 Stream+ not only one of the most affordable third-party DVRs on the market, but one of the most versatile as well.

 

Channel Master Stream+ DVR Functionality

The Channel Master Stream+ works with any antenna, making installation super easy.

When it comes to recording television programming, the Channel Master Stream+ (CM-7600) is simple and intuitive. The Stream+ also allows users to schedule their recordings via the channel guide. Users can schedule single recordings or an entire series. Furthermore, users can watch one show will recording another and even record two shows simultaneously!

Unlike many DVRs on the market, the Stream+ relies on an external hard drive to store recorded TV shows. Other DVRs often use either a built-in hard drive or cloud storage.

The problem with built-in storage is that it can fill up quickly. High definition over-the-air broadcasts chew up a ton of storage space and having to delete stuff in order to make room for new recordings can be frustrating.

Cloud storage often succumbs to the same problem; however, it has the added disadvantage of requiring an Internet connection to use. This means that if your Internet cuts out or you live in an area with a slow or spotty connection, you can have issues watching your recorded content.

With the Stream+, uses can simply plug in their own external hard drive, making upgrading to larger storage virtually hassle-free. In addition, because all of your recordings are stored locally on the drive, you don’t need an active Internet connection in order to watch or record your favorite OTA programming.

 

Channel Guide

In addition to being able to record all your favorite programming, the Stream+ also feature a comprehensive channel guide at no additional charge. When you consider that many third-party DVRs charge a monthly subscription fee for their channel guides, the Stream+ offers exceptional value for money.

In addition, the channel guide of the Stream+ offers programming information for two whole weeks! That’s fourteen days of channel info, meaning you can see what’s on well in advance and schedule your recordings way ahead of time.

 

Integrated Streaming Apps

The Channel Master Stream+ also allows users to connect to streaming media apps. The Android-based player can connect to the Google Play Store, meaning that you can download all of the apps that you use to stream media from YouTube to Netflix to Hulu and many, many more.

As an added bonus, the Stream+ organizes all of your OTA channels and streaming services into one intuitive interface. This means that users won’t have to flick back and forth between pages or tabs in order to access all their available services and channels.

 

Conclusion

The Stream+ from Channel Master is a great option for cord cutters who can’t do without a channel guide or a DVR. At $149 the Stream+ won’t break the bank but it offers features that usually only come with a cable TV subscription. Furthermore, the Stream+ enables users to provide their own external hard drive, allowing for easy storage space expansion.

The Stream+ packs a lot into a relatively affordable package. Given the fact that the channel guide is 100% free and the DVR feature is flexible, the Stream+ belongs in any cord cutters living room.

Watching Television in Spanish without Cable

Cord Cutting Guide for Spanish TV Content

 

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Whether you’re looking for entertainment in your native language or just someone looking for a little practice, it can be hard to find Spanish language content on television. Despite having to pay hundreds of dollars a month to cable providers, the number of Spanish language channels is few and far between.

If the dearth of Spanish language content on cable television has you thinking that your options would be even worse if you cut the cord, then set your mind at ease. Not only is there a wide selection of Spanish language content online, it often costs a lot less than cable.

Today we’re going to take a look at how you can cut the cord and still get all the Spanish language television and film that you crave. Let’s get started!

 

Over-the-Air Channels in Spanish

The cheapest way to watch Television in Spanish is to purchase an Over-the-Air (OTA) antenna. For those of you that don’t know, an OTA antenna picks up the signals from all the major broadcast networks, like ABC or CBS. Most antennas are very affordable, ranging from $30 to $60. I would recommend a Mohu Leaf 30 or the Winegard Elite 7550. Both of these are inexpensive, dependable, and do a great job picking up signals.

For Spanish language programming you can get free over the air with an antenna, the two television networks you’ll be looking for is Univision and Telemundo. They’ll have all the popular Spanish language shows you’re looking for; like Metastasis or La Gata.

Sadly, Telemundo and Univision are only accessible to about 50-60 percent of American homes so it won’t be uncommon to be missing one of those networks. Would you like to know what stations are in your area? Check out AntennaWeb and find out if Univision and Telemundo are available in your area.

If Univision and Telemundo are not in your area, don’t worry because there are a bunch of different ways to get access to these channels. And if you keep reading, you’ll find out.

 

Spanish Channels Streaming on Hulu Live TV

Hulu with Live TV is a newer live streaming service that offers a decent option for Spanish TV streaming. Right now, Hulu does not offer standalone Spanish language content, so you’ll have to subscribe to a base package and then add a Spanish add-on. Hulu Live TV costs $40 per month for 50+ channels. From there, get the Español Add-on for $4.99 per month to get:

  • CNN en Español
  • Discovery en Español
  • Discovery Familia
  • ESPN Deportes
  • History Channel en Español
  • NBC Universo

So, you’ll end up paying $45 per month for a great selection of English channels, and an okay selection of Spanish channels. See our Hulu Live TV review for more information. There’s also a free trial available.

 

Univision Now

In a move similar to CBS All Access, Univision has recently launched its own standalone streaming service call Univision Now. For $9.99 a month you get live and on-demand access to both Univision and UniMás. This includes live sports, news and all their regular programming.

With your subscription, you can watch on up to three screens simultaneously. You’ll also get some DVR functionality, with recorded programs lasting up to 72 hours. As far as device support goes, you can watch Univision Now on Roku, your PC, or smartphone. Start your free trial today!

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Spanish Channels on DIRECTV NOW

DIRECTV NOW is one of the hottest streaming services to hit the market, and for good reason. Offering a bunch of Spanish speaking TV channels, DirecTV Now is a great cable TV alternative for Spanish speaking cord-cutters.

Here are a few of the channels available on their base-package called “Live a Little” ($40 a month):

  • Galavision
  • Telemundo
  • Univision

DIRECTV NOW also offers a Spanish language package, called TODO Y MÁS. This package includes both English language and Spanish language channels, with a total of 90+ networks to watch! Here are some of the included channels:

  • 50+ Spanish channels and 40+ English channels
  • ESPN Deportes
  • FOX Deportes
  • Univision
  • Discovery en Español
  • Galavision
  • Cine Estelar
  • Much more

To give them a test drive, check out the Free Trial. Or, check out our detailed DIRECTV NOW review to learn more.

 

Spanish Channels on Sling TV

Probably the best bang for your buck is going to be Sling TV, which offers a great way to watch Spanish TV online. Sling TV’s normal base packages do not offer any Spanish language channels – however, they offer a Best of Spanish TV package that’s sold on it’s own for just $10 per month. This is one of the most economical ways to watch Spanish TV without cable. The package includes:

  • NBC Universo
  • History en Español
  • EstrellaTV
  • Azteca
  • Discovery en Español
  • Discovery Familia
  • BeIN Sports Español
  • BeIN Sports
  • La Liga
  • BeIN Sports Connect
  • Cine Latino
  • Cine Sony
  • Pasiones
  • Inglés Para Todos
  • Inti
  • Cbeebies
  • VME Kids
  • PXSports
  • NTN24
  • BabyTV en Espanol
  • El Financiero
  • Zee Mundo
  • Hola TV

That gives you around 25 networks for $10 per month, which is a pretty great deal. If you want to expand selection further, you can either add one of the English-language base packages, or you can add a Spanish add-on. Here are the other Spanish language add-ons available:

Mexico – $5 per Month – adds Canal Once, CB Television, MultiMedios, Mexicanal, AZ Clic, TeleFormula, Milenio Television, AZ Cinema, TLR, Video Rola and Corazon.

Sudamérica – $5 per Month – adds Caracol, Nuestra Tele, NTN24, Novelas, TV Venezuela, Ecuavisa Internacional, Telefe, TyC Sports, Bolivia TV, Canal Sur, Estudi 5, Eltrece, TN, and EV TV

Centroamérica – $5 per Month – adds CA TV, CB24, and Tele El Salvador.

Caribe – $5 per Month – adds WAPA America, Cuba MAX TV, Telemicro, TV

España – $5 per Month – adds TVE, Antena 3, A3cine, and Superene

Click here to sign up for Sling TV, or read our full review for more information.

 

Spanish Movies on Netflix

Netflix is a great go-to source for Spanish language content. Now if you have been using regular Netflix to find Spanish language content, it might be a little difficult. Unless you know exactly what to look for, you will most likely find content in English first, with a handful of things in Spanish. However, that can be easily fixed.

To get Netflix content delivered to you in Spanish, hop on the computer and go to https://www.netflix.com. Once you log in, go to My Account and scroll all the way to the bottom. Under My Profile, click the option that says Language. From there you should be able to change your preferred language to Spanish.

Quick Note: Not everything that is available in English is available in Spanish, but at the very least you’ll have an easier time finding things.

 

Spanish Channels on fuboTV

fuboTV is an online streaming service with an emphasis on Spanish language television and international sports; especially soccer. There are three fuboTV subscription plans that you can choose from, but really you’ll probably only want the first two since the third is for those that speak Portuguese (fubo TV review).

The first subscription plan is called fubo Premier. It costs $45 a month and will give access to 75+ live channels; including the following Spanish language channels:

  • beIN Sports
  • Univision TDN
  • Fox Deportes
  • Univision
  • Galavisión
  • UniMás

Or you can go with fubo Latino. For $24.99 a month, fubo Latino gives you access to the following Spanish language channels:

  • beIN Sports
  • beIN Sports Español
  • Univision TDN
  • Fox Deportes
  • Univision
  • Galavisión
  • UniMás
  • GOLTV Spanish
  • TyC Sports
  • CNN
  • Baby TV HD
  • Cine Sony
  • ElGourmet
  • Mas Chic
  • Nuestra Tele
  • FoxLife
  • Nat Geo Mundo

For an extra $5 a month you can also get the Entretenimiento Plus add-on, which gives you the following channels:

  • Antena 3
  • Bandmax
  • de pelicula
  • de pelicula clasico
  • NTN24
  • RITMOSON
  • TeleHit
  • TLNovelas Univision
  • FORO tv

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Spanish Channels on PlayStation Vue

Although PlayStation Vue is a great live TV streaming service, it might not be the Spanish language resource that you are looking for. True, there are a few channels available but there are cheaper options available. For completeness sake, here are the Spanish language channels that you can get with PlayStation Vue, across various packages (starting from $45 a month):

  • Telemundo
  • ESPN Deportes
  • FOX Deportes

There is also a Spanish television add-on for $4.99 a month or $3.99 a month if you have a PS Plus membership. Here’s what you get with the Español Pack:

  • BabyTV
  • Cine Sony
  • CNN en español
  • Discovery en español
  • Familia Discovery
  • Fox Deportes
  • FoxLife
  • Nat Geo Mundo
  • NBC Universo

Cut the Cord and Get Even More Spanish Television

It may be hard to find someone speaking Spanish on cable television these days, but if you ditch the cable subscription you’ll be surprised at what kind of content you can find. Between Sling TV, fuboTV, your trusty old OTA antenna, and all the rest; there’s a whole world of Spanish language content just waiting to be discovered!

So what are you waiting for? Deje de pagar demasiado por la televisión por cable . Tome el salto, cortar el cordón, y matar a su factura de cable hoy!

Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue: Channels, Price, and More

These days, cord-cutters have many great choices when it comes to selecting a cable alternative. Several companies are now competing for your hard-earned money, and that’s great news for consumers. As competition heats up, let’s compare two of the more established services in the industry: Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue.

Which comes out on top? Which has the best channel lineup? Which provides the best overall value? We’ll answer these questions and more in our Sling TV vs Vue comparison.

 

Sling TV and PS Vue Similarities

While there are a lot of differences between PS Vue and Sling TV, there are also a lot of similarities. To get an overview of how these services work, let’s take a look at what they both offer. Both Sling TV and PlayStation Vue:

  • Are available without a contract, so you can cancel any time
  • Are viable alternatives to cable TV
  • Are typically more affordable than cable
  • Offer a good way to watch live TV from many of the best channels out there
  • Offer several different channel packages for your selection
  • Work over the internet, with no cable required
  • Work on devices ranging from streaming players like Roku to mobile phones and computers

Essentially, both Sling TV and PlayStation Vue are good cable TV alternatives that can help you save money while keeping access to your favorite channels. Both are useful for watching sports online, watching news without cable, and keeping up with your favorite TV shows.

Now that we know the basics, let’s get into the nitty gritty Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue comparison to learn more!

 

Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue: At a Glance

We’ll break down important factors in further detail in the guide below, but if you’re in a hurry, here’s what you need to know:

Price/Value – Sling TV is more affordable, with plans from $25/mo (compared to Vue’s $45/mo). Sling also generally offers a better value, because you can customize your lineup to just pay for the channels you actually want.

Channel Selection – Both offer a lot of channels, with up to 90+ on Vue and 100+ on Sling available. Vue offers 4 different packages, while Sling has 3 packages and then TONS of small add-on packages. Sling has more customization options, but in terms of pure channel selection, the two services are similar.

Features – Both have similar features, with both live and on-demand coverage, a cloud DVR, simultaneous streaming, etc. Vue offers 5 simultaneous streams (so 5 devices at once), while Sling only offers 2.

Device Compatibility – Both services work on most popular devices, like Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, and mobile devices. Vue works on PlayStation devices, while Sling works on Xbox One and a few others.

Deals & Free Trial: Sling comes out on top here. Sling offers a free 7 day trial (compared to 5 days free from Vue). Sling also offers some juicy device deals, which usually offer a highly discounted or free streaming device when you prepay for a few months of Sling TV.

At a glance, we prefer Sling TV in most categories. Vue is a solid service, but we love Sling TV’s flexibility in channel lineup, rock-bottom pricing, and excellent sign-up deals.

Let’s look closer at one detail that deserves more consideration: the Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue channel lineup.

 

Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue Channels

A direct comparison of PS Vue vs Sling TV channels is difficult since they offer so many different packages. Here are the basics:

Sling TV has 3 packages:

  • Sling Orange = 30+ channels for $25 per month. Highlights include ESPN, AMC, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, HGTV, and more
  • Sling Blue = 40+ channels for $25 per month. Highlights include FOX/NBC/regional sports networks in select markets, plus NFL Network, AMC, FX, USA, FS1, TBS and more
  • Sling Orange + Blue = 50+ channels for $40 per month. Combines the two packages to offer a more complete lineup.
  • Add on packages = 5-10+ additional channels which you can add on for just $5-$10 per month.

 

PlayStation Vue has 4 packages:

 

  • Access = 45+ channels for $45 per month. Highlights include ESPN, NBC/FOX/ABC in select markets, AMC, CNN, Discovery, FOX News, FX, FS1, FS2 and more

 

  • Core = 70+ channels for $50 per month. Everything in Access package, plus channels like NFL Network, NBA TV, MLB Network and regional sports networks.
  • Elite = 85+ channels for $60 per month. Everything in Core package, plus NFL Network, FXM, Epix Hits, BBC World News, Tennis Channel and more.
  • Ultra = 90+ channels for $80 per month. Everything in Elite package, plus HBO and Showtime premium channels.

 

 

You can see the full channel lists on Sling TV’s website and on Vue’s website.

For a reasonable comparison of Sling TV vs PS Vue channels, let’s compare Sling Orange + Blue and Vue’s Access Plan. These packages are similarly priced so they are a fair comparison of what each service has to offer, without getting bogged down by too many details.

Sling Orange + Blue is $40 per month for 50+ channels. Channels include:

Sports on FOX, NBC, FOX Sports, and NBC Sports in select markets, plus NFL Network, FS1, FS2, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, NBCSN, ACC Network Extra, and more.

News on CNN, FOX/NBC, BBC America, Cheddar News, Viceland and Newsy

Entertainment on USA, Bravo, FX, TLC, Comedy Central, TBS, TNT, Disney, Food Network and many more

Notable channels missing: FOX News, ABC, CBS, Animal Planet

 

PS Vue Access Plan is $45 per month for 45+ channels. Channels include:

Sports on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC in select markets, plus ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, NBCSN, and more

News on FOX News, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC and more

Entertainment on Animal Planet, Cartoon Network, Discovery, Disney, FX, HGTV, Nat Geo and many more

Notable channels missing: Comedy Central, MTV, Viceland, NFL Network, History

Based on these specific channel packages, here’s how the services stack up.

Local channels = PS Vue is a clear winner, as it carries CBS and ABC, while Sling does not. Sling does have NBC and FOX, but only in very few markets. Overall, Vue has far better coverage of local broadcast channels.

Sports channels = Sling may have a slight edge when it comes to sports. Sling does have more niche sports channels in this package, like NFL Network, ACC Network, ESPN3, etc, while Vue does not. However, Sling’s lack of local channel coverage dings it when it comes to local sports teams and big events like watching the NFL Playoffs online or the Super Bowl.

News channels = Vue is a clear winner, as it has FOX News and MSNBC, while Sling has neither.

Entertainment channels = Sling comes out on top, as it has Comedy Central, History and a few other channels that Vue does not carry.  

Keep in mind that the full Sling vs Vue channels comparison is more nuanced than this, simply because there are so many different packages and combinations of packages to compare. This guide should give you an overall sense of how they stack up. For full details, head to Sling TV’s website and Vue’s website.

 

Sling TV vs Vue: Final Thoughts

In the end, which service comes out on top?

For most people, the answer is Sling TV. Sling is more affordable, more customizable, and offers better value overall. See our Sling TV review for details.

We really love how Sling TV starts so cheap ($25 per month) and then allows you to add channel add-on packages for just $5 a month. This lets you fine-tune your channel lineup with channels that you actually want, instead of forcing you into a big bundle.

With that said, there are a few ways that Vue is better. It’s definitely better for families and large households, because Vue lets you watch on up to 5 devices at once (compared to 2 on Sling TV). Vue is also better for local channel coverage, so keep that in mind.

In the end, both services are really quite good. Plus, both are non-contract, so you’re never locked-in. Some of our readers end up trying both services before they settle on one to keep.

Want to test one out? Follow the links below.

Click here for a free 7 day trial of Sling TV

Click here for a free 5 day trial of PS Vue

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.

What is AirTV? Review & FAQ

The bloated TV packages peddled by the cable companies are so expensive, it seems like you need to take out a second mortgage on your house just to pay your cable bill. It comes as no surprise that many people are interested in cutting their cable bill. But how?

The good news is there are easy ways to get rid of cable TV.

One of the most popular ways to ditch the ballooning cable bill is to subscribe to various streaming services. One such service, Sling TV has proven to be particularly popular, due to its wide live channel offering. Sling TV is a live streaming service that lets you access many of the most popular pay TV channels (think ESPN, HGTV, AMC, CNN, etc.) at a low price, with no contract (like Netflix), and best of all, without cable. Check out our Sling TV review for the full rundown on this service.

While the flexibility of choosing different channels and pricing tiers with Sling TV is impressive, there is one huge gap that could give you pause; limited selection of local channels.

Fortunately, Sling TV has a solution: AirTV.

What is AirTV? It’s a device that picks up over-the-air television broadcasts from your antenna and streams them to your streaming devices via the Internet, fully integrated into the Sling TV interface.

Read on for our full AirTV review!

 

How Does AirTV Work?

AirTV is a small rectangular box that works with your existing over-the-air (OTA) antenna, like the Mohu Leaf or any other antenna of your choosing. The channels you pick up with your antenna are then integrated into your Sling TV interface, allowing you to watch them anywhere you can watch Sling TV (e.g. Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, iPhone, iPad, Android devices, computers, smart TVs, etc.)

Setting up the AirTV is very easy — users simply connect their antenna’s coaxial cable into the back of the box and that’s pretty much it.

If you’re already using an OTA antenna to watch your local channels, you might be wondering why the AirTV is necessary. AirTV adds two functions that, once you start using them, you’ll find yourself wondering how you ever watched TV without them.

 

AirTV and Wireless OTA Transmission

In most cases, folks who watch their local TV broadcasts do so via an antenna. Popular OTA antennas like the Mohu Leaf are unobtrusive and super affordable, making them an easy way to watch local broadcasts from channels like ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS and more. The downside to OTA TV is the fact that you can only watch that content on whichever TV your antenna is hooked up to.

In the past, the only way to get around this would be to buy an antenna for each TV in your house or split the antenna cable to the various TVs in your house. Buying multiple antennas is costly and splitting your antenna signal can result in poorer resolution, not to mention the hassle of running coaxial cable all over your house.

Fortunately, AirTV solves this problem. AirTV uses your existing Wi-Fi to transmit your antenna’s OTA signal to other devices like your mobile phone or tablet. With AirTV users can stream OTA channels to two different devices at once. In addition, AirTV allows users to stream OTA content to their devices even when they’re out of the house. This means that you can use a mobile Internet connection to watch all of your local stations anytime, anywhere.

 

AirTV and Sling TV Integration

AirTV can be used as a standalone device, however where it really shines is through integration with Sling TV. Both Sling TV and AirTV are subsidiaries of the Dish Network, so it makes sense that these two products are designed to complement each other. AirTV picks up your local OTA television broadcasts and adds them into your Sling TV channel subscriptions. This makes all of your content available in the same spot, as opposed to flicking back and forth between Sling TV and the antenna input of your TV.

Getting this set-up is very straightforward. Download the AirTV app on your iOS or Android device and connect your AirTV unit to your Wi-Fi. Then, sync it with your account in the Sling TV app. The AirTV device will then scan for available OTA channels. How many channels it picks up will vary, as there are a number of factors that contribute to channel availability, including where you are located and antenna placement. Once AirTV identifies all of the available channels, it then automatically adds them to your Sling TV channel list.

 

AirTV Limitations

One of the biggest downsides you’ll see mentioned in  AirTV reviews is the lack of built-in storage for recording shows.

While AirTV does have a DVR function, it requires users to provide their own hard drive for storage. If you don’t already have a hard drive, this can add to the overall cost to your home entertainment setup. Furthermore, the addition to yet another small box with another cable can be less than appealing from an aesthetic standpoint.

In a somewhat nitpicky complaint, the Sling TV app does not allow you to reorder how your channels appear in your channel list. This means that all of the channels added by AirTV will appear at the end of your channel lineup. In a more traditional television set-up, local channels would appear first. It’s a small complaint, and most users would probably get used to this fairly quickly, but it’s worth noting.

 

How Much Does AirTV Cost?

Sling TV is not charging you extra for the ability to stream live OTA television through their app, but you do have to pay for the actual AirTV device. Thankfully, Sling TV has some special offers available that really sweeten the deal.

The best way to buy AirTV is through Sling TV’s website because they have an offer going right now where you can get the device for just $50 when you prepay for 3 months of Sling TV service. If you paid for the two separately, that would run you close to $200, so you’ll save a good amount. This is a great way to save a little cash when getting this device, while also taking care of a few months of Sling TV’s streaming service.

 

Conclusion

AirTV is designed to work seamlessly with the Sling TV app, and it does. Set-up is simple and easy, allowing users to pull their OTA channels into the Sling TV app to create a comprehensive channel list. This makes for a viewing experience very similar to that of traditional cable. All of your channels in one place, without having to flick between various apps.

In addition, AirTV allows you to stream OTA content to other devices via Wi-Fi. This even allows you to access your local television programming on the go. The biggest omission on the AirTV is the lack of built-in storage for the DVR function. However, with the addition of a hard drive, you won’t have to rush home to catch the big game or sit through commercials.

Overall, AirTV is a great addition for those with a Sling TV subscription. The integration of live local channels into the Sling TV app makes TV watching much more convenient. It’s safe to say that Sling TV combined with AirTV is one of the best options available for those who want to cut the cord and say goodbye to the high cost of cable.