So you’re looking for a way to watch the Madison Square Garden (MSG) Network without cable? Previously, accessing MSG Network would be a problem for cord-cutters. None of the streaming services offered it. But there are now a couple of easy ways to watch MSG without cable TV.
Follow along and we’ll provide all the details you need.
In a hurry? If you just want to start streaming MSG and don’t care about the details, these two services will let you watch MSG without cable:
- FuboTV: Known for its great sports coverage, you get MSG and SportsNet NY. Try it free for 7 days!
- DirectTV: Although more expensive, it also provides the YES Network (Yankees, Nets). Check them out with a 14-day money-back guarantee!
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How to Watch MSG Network Without Cable
MSG Network provides a service to subscribers in parts of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. In order to get MSG, you must live inside this coverage area. So people in, say, Florida cannot get MSG even it is available from their provider.
MSG is unusual in that it doesn’t cover baseball at all. But it makes up for that by covering a wide range of teams in other sports:
- New York Knicks (NBA)
- New Jersey Devils (NHL)
- New York Islanders (NHL)
- New York Rangers (NHL)
- Buffalo Sabres (NHL)
- New York Red Bulls (MLS).
Depending on where you live, you may also get access to games for Westchester Knicks (NBA G), Buffalo Sabres (NHL), and even the NFL teams New York Giants and Buffalo Bills.
Its primary focus is on broadcasting live sporting events with these teams. But they also broadcast TV shows like Connections, Unfiltered Knicks, and Weidman’s World.
If you’re a fan of one specific sports team, you will still want access to other channels. MSG doesn’t broadcast nationally televised games. So if a game is on NBC or ESPN, you will need to watch it there.
The network has two primary channels: MSG Network and MSG+. They also have two spill-over channels, MSG2 and MSG+2, for those times when more than two games are happening simultaneously or there is other content to broadcast. They also feature MSG Western New York.
In the past, you needed cable to get MSG, but it is now available to stream. You just need an internet connection, a supported TV or device, the right location, and the right live TV streaming service. Read on to find out which!
Streaming Services with MSG Network
Let’s take a closer look at the streaming services with the MSG network. Bear in mind, even if you do subscribe to these streaming services, MSG will only be available if you’re in its supported broadcast region that includes parts of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.
|RSNs||MSG, MSG+, SportsNet NY|
|Cloud DVR||250 hours|
You can watch the MSG Network with FuboTV’s online streaming service. The program is available with FuboTv’s Starter plan, which costs $64.99/month. FuboTV has both the MSG Network and MSG+, so you can watch almost all of the tri-state area sports teams. You also get SportsNet NY, which is the RSN for the New York Mets.
FuboTV is well known for its live sports channel lineup. It offers over 100 live TV channels in its base plan. Of these, over 35 are sports channels including all the big ones: CBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, NBCSN, 9 beIN Sports, 4 Big Ten Network, 12 TUDN, NFL Network, Golf Channel, and more!
If this isn’t enough, FuboTV offers a great selection of sports and non-sports add-ons and a large library of on-demand content.
If this has you interested, check out our thorough discussions of FuboTV:
DirecTV Stream (formerly AT&T TV)
|RSNs||MSG, MSG+, SportsNet NY, YES|
|Cloud DVR||20 hours|
|DirecTV Stream Price||$84.99/mo|
DirecTV offers MSG with its Choice plan and above. It costs $84.99/mo and comes with 90+ live TV channels. Although it is more expensive than FuboTV, it also provides you with access to the YES Network and its coverage of the New York Yankees (MLB), Brooklyn Nets (NBA), and New York City FC (MLS).
The general sports coverage from DirecTV is also not as good as FuboTV, but it covers the bases: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FS1, NBA TV, NBCSN, and more. Like FuboTV, it also provides a full slate of local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. But it includes some that FuboTV does not like TNT, TBS, and A&E.
Learn more about DirecTV Stream:
Are There Other Ways to Get MSG?
If you want to avoid cable and satellite TV, FuboTV and DirecTV are your only alternatives although we consider them quite good, given that they offer more for less money.
There is one other way to stream MSG but it won’t give you access if you don’t already have a subscription with a supported MSG provider. MSG GO is available in the app store of most devices. It allows you to stream the MSG Network channels. But you can only use it via TV Everywhere with an existing provider.
Unfortunately, MSG GO currently only supports DirecTV. You can’t use it with your FuboTV account.
TV and Mobile Devices for MSG Network
Most of the popular smart TVs and streaming devices are compatible with the services that have the MSG Network channel. If you can access the MSG Network from one of these streaming services, you can use most devices to watch it.
DirecTV supports the following:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android mobile devices
- Apple TV
- iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
- Samsung smart TVs
- Web Browsers
- DirecTV device.
FuboTV works with all of those devices except for the DirecTV device. It also works with:
- Android TV
- Hisense smart TVs
- LG smart TVs
- Xbox One.
Wrapping It Up
Finding a way to stream MSG Network is challenging because even if you find a streaming service that offers the channel, you might not be in a supported region. If you can’t get MSG Network, here is information for watching your favorite teams without cable:
Can I watch MSG on FuboTV if I’m traveling?
You can watch MSG on FuboTV if you’re traveling outside the MSG coverage area. But you need to log in from your original home address at least once in 30 days. FuboTV will set your location to the zip code you entered on your billing address.
Why is MSG not in my FuboTV channel list?
MSG Network is included with all FuboTV English-language plans but only if you live in the MSG coverage area. If you don’t see it in your channel list, it probably means that your location doesn’t qualify you to get MSG. If you think this is incorrect, double-check your billing address and contact FuboTV customer support.
How can I watch MSG for free?
You can’t watch MSG for free other than by visiting a friend who has it. MSG Network is a paid service. It doesn’t broadcast over the air; you must get it from a provider. If you find MSG streaming online for free, it is an illegal stream and we highly recommend avoiding it. Read more about streaming scams.
Can you cast MSG GO to a Chromecast?
You can cast the MSG GO app to Chromecast and other streaming devices. The MSG GO app has recently been updated to include these casting features. You can also use AirPlay to watch MSG GO content on an Apple TV. The performance is better than when casting to another device such as Chromecast, Roku, or a FireStick.
Does YouTube TV offer MSG Network?
Although YouTube TV does offer some RSNs, they are limited. It does, however, offer SportsNet NY if you are a Mets fan. The same goes for Hulu + Live TV: few RSNs but SportsNet NY for subscribers in the greater New York area. Sling TV and Vidgo do not offer any RSNs.