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Best Streaming Services for Sports 2023: ESPN Plus, fuboTV, and More

Major league sports are always in season. If you’re a cord-cutter, make sure you’re set up with the right streaming service to get your game on.

Editor's choice

DIRECTV STREAM

Price: $69.99–$139.99/mo. + taxes

Live channels: 65–140+

Sports channels: 20+

DVR storage: 20 hrs. included

Best value

ESPN+

Price: $9.99/mo. or $99.99/yr.

Live sports: NHL, MLS, Bundesliga, La Liga, PGA Tour, and more

Features: Full 30 for 30 library and exclusive UFC PPV events

Cheapest

Peacock

Price: Free–$9.99/mo.

Live sports: Olympics, NFL, Premier League, WWE, and more

Features: Next-day access to current NBC shows

Best DVR

YouTube TV

Price: $64.99/mo.

Live channels: 85+

Sports channels: 15+

DVR storage: Unlimited (for 9 mos.)

Best channel add-ons

Sling TV

Price: $40.00–$55.00/mo.

Live channels: 30–50+

Sports channels: 30+

DVR storage: 50 hrs. included

Data effective as of post date. Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Streaming services are finally delivering the sports we desire. But there’s a lot to choose from nowadays, so we’ve broken down the top services that lay out the best channel and league offerings for sports fans of any kind.

DIRECTV STREAM is our go-to overall pick because it’s the live TV streaming service to offer a wide range of regional sports networks. It also has essential ESPN and FOX Sports networks, plus league-specific channels like NBA TV and NFL Network. If you’re looking to upgrade an existing TV plan, ESPN+ has a wide range of league coverage, while Peacock offers an inexpensive mix of sports and entertainment.

Of course, there are several services to consider—each offering a unique lineup of channels and league coverage. So keep scrolling to see how each compares and why you might choose one over the other.

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Compare streaming services for live sports

Streaming service Price Live channels Sports channels Streams Cloud DVR Choose your plan
DIRECTV STREAM
Editor's choice
$69.99–$139.99/mo. + taxes 75–150+ 20+ 3–unlimited 20 hrs. View plans

Read DIRECTV STREAM review
ESPN+
Best value
$9.99/mo. N/A N/A 5 N/A View plans

Read ESPN+ review
Peacock
Cheapest
Free–$9.99/mo. 50+ N/A 3 N/A View plans

Read Peacock review
YouTube TV
Best DVR
$64.99/mo. 100+ 15+ 3 Unlimited (for 9 mos.) View plans

Read YouTube TV review
Sling TV
Best channel add-ons
$40.00–$55.00/mo. 40–50+ 30+ 1–4 50–200 hrs. View plans

Read Sling TV review
Hulu + Live TV
Best sports bundle
$69.99–$75.99/mo. 70+ 15+ 2 Unlimited (for 9 mos.) View plans

Read Hulu + Live TV review
fuboTV
Best for foreign leagues
$69.99–$99.99/mo. 111–166+ 35+ 3–10 250–1,000 hrs. View plans

Read fuboTV review
Paramount+
Live CBS Sports
$4.99–$9.99/mo. 4 1 3–unlimited N/A View plans

Read Paramount+ review

Data effective as of post date. Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Each of our top choices is available on a wide range of compatible devices because convenience is key for cord-cutters. After all, the best streaming service is the one that offers the content you want while also being the most accessible to your TV setup.

These services offer access to numerous sports leagues from around the world. So, no matter which one you choose, you’ll get coverage of some of the biggest sporting events in the US and abroad. We’re talking NFL and NBA to Premier League and Formula One.

Editor’s choice: DIRECTV STREAM

Price:
$69.99–$149.99/mo. + taxes
Live channels:
75–150+
Sports channels:
20+
Cloud DVR storage:
20 hrs. included

Data effective as of post date. Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Pros

  • Wide regional sports network availability
  • Large channel counts
  • No contracts

Cons

  • Expensive plans
  • Limited included cloud DVR storage

While DIRECTV STREAM may be the streaming version of DIRECTV—CableTV.com’s best TV provider for sports—you’ll need its CHOICE™ plan or higher to get the best experience. At $79.99 a month, the CHOICE plan is the most expensive plan among our top sports streaming picks. But it comes with the best regional sports and local coverage of any live TV streaming service.

Those regional sports networks (RSNs) are what make DIRECTV STREAM shine the most. Because DIRECTV STREAM is within the DIRECTV family, it benefits from having the most RSN coverage. For instance, no other streaming service carries Altitude Sports or the Bally Sports Regional Networks. That makes DIRECTV STREAM a crucial service for cord-cutters living in the regions of those networks—especially for fans of MLB, MLS, NBA, and NHL.

Pro tip: RSNs give you in-market games that don’t air nationally. If you want to avoid local blackouts, we recommend checking out DIRECTV’s RSN lookup tool to see which RSNs are available in your area. That’ll help you determine if DIRECTV STREAM is really worth it.

Just don’t ask about NFL SUNDAY TICKET. That’ll remain a DIRECTV exclusive until the end of the current NFL season. Moreover, the biggest penalty against DIRECTV STREAM is its complete lack of any NFL-dedicated channels. But NFL Network may make its way to DIRECTV STREAM in 2023.

DIRECTV STREAM sports channels:

  • ACC Network
  • Altitude Sports*
  • AT&T SportsNet RSNs*
  • Bally Sports RSNs*
  • Big Ten Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNews
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • Golf Channel
  • Longhorn Network†
  • Marquee Sports Network*
  • Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN)*
  • MLB Network
  • MOTOR TREND
  • MSG Network*
  • NBA TV
  • NBC Sports RSNs*
  • NESN*
  • NHL Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • ROOT Sports Northwest*
  • Spectrum SportsNet*
  • SportsNet New York (SNY)*
  • SEC Network
  • Sportsman Channel
  • Tennis Channel
  • TUDN
  • TVG
  • YES Network*

* RSNs (regional sports networks) vary by area.
† Available to Texas residents only.

View DIRECTV STREAM plans

Best value: ESPN Plus

Price:
$9.99/mo. or $99.99/yr.
Live sports:
NHL, MLS, Bundesliga, La Liga, PGA Tour, and more
Features:
Full 30 for 30 library and exclusive UFC PPV events

Data effective as of post date. Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Pros

  • Inexpensive pricing
  • Rich on-demand sports library
  • Plenty of live soccer, MMA, and college sports

Cons

  • Limited NFL and no NBA games
  • Limited popular ESPN shows
  • Regional blackouts

We say ESPN+ offers the best value for streaming sports because it has the most league coverage out of any service and costs only $9.99 a month.

ESPN+ includes games from every major sports league in the United States, except for the NBA. NHL and MLS fans will be especially happy to know that ESPN+ is home to every live out-of-market game each league has to offer. And the buck doesn’t stop there for soccer fans, as ESPN+ is the exclusive US broadcast partner for the Bundesliga and La Liga. Basically, you’ll never run out of live sports to watch on ESPN+.

The service also has an extensive library of on-demand shows and documentary series focused on the world of sports. This includes the entire 30 for 30 library and Man in the Arena with Tom Brady.

While ESPN+ doesn’t grant you access to ESPN’s traditional channels and programming, you can always pair the service with a TV provider to get the complete ESPN experience. The simplest way of doing this is to sign up for Hulu + Live TV because it carries the ESPN networks and comes with ESPN+ at no extra cost.

ESPN+ live sports

  • Belgium Jupiler League
  • Bundesliga
  • Emirates FA Cup
  • English Football League (EFL)
  • Canadian Football League (CFL)
  • Carabao Cup (EFL Cup)
  • College Sports (20+ conferences)
  • Dutch Eredivisie
  • International Cricket Council (ICC) events
  • Indian Premier League
  • La Liga
  • Little League World Series
  • MLB
  • MLS
  • NCAA Basketball
  • NFL International Series
  • NHL
  • PGA Tour
  • UFC
  • UEFA Nations League
  • UEFA European Qualifiers
  • United Soccer League (USL)
View ESPN+ plans

Cheapest: Peacock

Price:
Free–$9.99/mo.
Live sports:
Olympics, NFL, Premier League, WWE, and more
Features:
Next-day access to current NBC shows with Premium plan

Data effective as of post date. Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Pros

  • Inexpensive plans
  • Exclusive NBCUniversal TV shows and movies
  • Sports documentaries and talk shows

Cons

  • Lackluster interface
  • Limited original content

Being a sports fan can be expensive, but luckily you can save a lot of money with Peacock and still watch some of the biggest sporting events in the world.

Certain sports content comes with Peacock’s free plan, but we recommend Peacock Premium ($4.99 a month) to get access to every sporting event available. And it’s really an impressive lineup of sports, which includes the English Premier League, MLB, the PGA Tour, and WWE . . . a lot of WWE.

Apart from sports, Peacock Premium also includes next-day access to NBC shows and an impressive library of hit movies. The latest movies from Universal Pictures usually find their way to Peacock a few months after their initial theatrical release.

Peacock live sports

  • AMA Supercross
  • Diamond League Track and Field
  • European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR)
  • Figure Skating Championships
  • MLB
  • NFL
  • NTT IndyCar Series
  • Olympics
  • PGA Tour
  • Premier League
  • Premiership Rugby
  • Skate America
  • United States Football League (USFL)
  • USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships
  • WWE
View Peacock plans

Best DVR: YouTube TV

Price:
$64.99/mo.
Live channels:
100+
Sports channels:
15+
Cloud DVR storage:
Unlimited (for 9 mos.)

Data effective as of post date. Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Pros

  • Unlimited cloud DVR
  • Large channel counts
  • Several add-on options

Cons

  • Unsatisfying original programming
  • No A&E, Hallmark, and Lifetime

If you want a solid blend of sports and entertainment, YouTube TV offers the best of both worlds. You’ll get over 100 live channels, including popular non-sport favorites like AMC, Comedy Central, Disney Channel, Syfy, and more. With a sleek and familiar interface, YouTube TV is an excellent service overall, which is why it’s our favorite live TV streaming service at CableTV.com.

From a sports perspective, YouTube TV doesn’t quite stick the landing because there just aren’t that many sports channels. But it does have the important ones. Plus, the included cloud DVR comes with no limits but does delete recordings after nine months. It’s excellent for keeping up on games and even has a score-hiding “no spoiler” function.

​​Unfortunately, none of those games you record will come from NHL Network. (Sorry, hockey fans. YouTube TV doesn’t carry that channel.) Still, YouTube TV gives you a lot of sports and entertainment channels for $64.99 a month.

YouTube TV sports channels:

  • ACC Network
  • Big Ten Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNews
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • Golf Channel
  • MLB Network
  • MOTOR TREND
  • NBA TV
  • NBC Sports RSNs*
  • NFL Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • SEC Network
  • MLB.TV ($24.99/mo.)
  • NBA League Pass ($28.99/mo.)

* RSNs (regional sports networks) vary by area.

View YouTube TV plans

Best channel add-ons: Sling TV

Price:
$40.00–$55.00/mo.
Live channels:
30–50+
Sports channels:
30+
Cloud DVR storage:
50 hrs. included

Data effective as of post date. Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Pros

  • Inexpensive plans
  • Several add-on options
  • Diverse sign-up deals

Cons

  • Poor local channel coverage
  • Limited DVR storage

Sling TV offers three base plan options. But, to get the most sports channels, you’d want the priciest one ($55 a month) with an add-on sports package ($15 a month). It involves a little more thinking and math—we know, not cool—but Sling TV can stream almost all the sports you can handle.

Sling Orange (30+ channels) and Sling Blue (40+ channels) aren’t terrible individually, but the combined Sling Orange & Blue plan nets you mainstream sports channels like ESPN and FS1. Combined with 20 more sports networks from Sling TV’s Sports Extra add-on, that’s over 30 sports channels for $65 a month.

Of course, you may not be interested in all of the channels in the $65-a-month option, in which case you might want to downsize to either the Sling Orange or Sling Blue plan alone. That would only be $40 a month, making it the cheapest live TV streaming option for sports. And hey, with Sling Orange or Sling Blue, you can still tack on their own individualized Sports Extra packages. Sling TV is nothing if not customizable.

The major downside with Sling TV is that it includes only 50 hours of cloud DVR space, which you can upgrade to an only-slightly-better 200 hours for an extra $5 a month. Good luck recording more than a handful of sports events with that allotment. We hope you’re not into NASCAR.

Sling TV (Orange & Blue w/ Sports Extra) sports channels:

  • ACC Network
  • beIN SPORTS
  • Big Ten Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3
  • ESPNews
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • Golf Channel
  • Longhorn Network
  • MLB Network
  • MLB Network Strike Zone
  • MOTOR TREND
  • NBA TV
  • NFL Network
  • NFL RedZone
  • NHL Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • Pac-12 Network
  • SEC Network
  • SEC Network+
  • Stadium
  • Tennis Channel
  • NBA Team Pass ($17.99/mo.)
  • NBA League Pass ($28.99/mo.)
View Sling TV plans

Best sports bundle: Hulu + Live TV

Price:
$69.99–$75.99/mo.
Live channels:
70+
Sports channels:
15+
Cloud DVR storage:
Unlimited (for 9 mos.)

Data effective as of post date. Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Pros

  • Disney+ and ESPN+ included
  • Satisfying original programming
  • On-demand network shows

Cons

  • Small sports channel lineup
  • Inconsistent local channel lineup

Hulu + Live TV offers the smallest amount of sports channels. While it includes the basics like ESPN, FOX Sports, and NBC Sports networks, it misses out on league-specific channels like MLB Network, NBA TV, and NHL Network.

Like YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV makes up for its sports shortcomings with its other features. In fact, it has the best original on-demand content out of all the live TV streaming services. And we’re not just talking about Hulu Originals—Hulu + Live TV includes Disney+ and ESPN+ at no extra cost. That’s a major plus in our book, especially considering the amount of sports content available on ESPN+ alone.

Hulu + Live TV sports channels:

  • ACC Network
  • Big Ten Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN College Extra
  • ESPNews
  • ESPN+
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • Golf Channel
  • MOTOR TREND
  • NBC Sports RSNs*
  • NFL Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • SEC Network

* RSNs (regional sports networks) vary by area.

View Hulu plans

Best for foreign leagues: fuboTV

Price:
$69.99–$99.99/mo.
Live channels:
111–166+
Sports channels:
35+
Cloud DVR storage:
250–1,000 hrs.

Data effective as of post date. Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Pros

  • Excellent soccer coverage
  • Large channel counts
  • Picture-in-picture capabilities

Cons

  • Expensive plans
  • No TBS, TNT, and TruTV

If you’re willing to pay for it, fuboTV can give you more sports channels than any other live TV streaming service. This includes some channels you may have never heard of, unless you’re really into soccer. While fuboTV launched as a fútbol-centric streaming service, its channel offerings now include entertainment networks and custom add-on options.

The service strengthened its network lineups even more after striking a deal with Disney in the summer of 2020. It was a big win for sports fans because ESPN networks found their way onto fuboTV, including college conference channels like ACC Network and SEC Network.

Unfortunately, fuboTV no longer carries the core Turner Sports networks. You won’t see channels like TBS, TNT, and truTV in any fuboTV plan. It’s a significant loss because TNT carries a lot of nationally televised NBA and NHL games, while TBS airs many MLB games. You can also say goodbye to watching most of March Madness.

Our recommendation: If you’re a diehard soccer fan, you’ll want the Elite plan ($79.99 a month) with the International Sports Plus add-on ($6.99 a month). Together, the plan and the add-on will give you access to some of the top soccer leagues in the world through channels like beIN SPORTS, GolTV English, and FOX Soccer Plus. That’s a lot of fútbol to keep your retinas busy, but now the monthly price tag is $86.98 a month.

fuboTV (Elite w/ International Sports Plus) sports channels

  • ACC Network
  • AT&T SportsNet RSNs*
  • beIN SPORTS
  • Big Ten Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN Deportes
  • ESPNews
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • FOX Deportes
  • FOX Soccer Plus
  • fubo Sports Network
  • fubo Sports Network 2
  • Ginx Esports TV
  • Golf Channel
  • GolTV English
  • GolTV Spanish
  • Marquee Sports Network*
  • MLB Network
  • MOTOR TREND
  • MSG Network*
  • NBA TV
  • NBC Sports RSNs*
  • NESN*
  • Next Level Sports
  • NFL Network
  • NHL Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • Pac-12 Network
  • ROOT Sports Northwest*
  • SEC Network
  • SportsNet New York (SNY)*
  • Stadium
  • Tennis Channel
  • TUDN
  • TVG
  • TyC Sports
  • Zona Fútbol
  • NBA League Pass ($14.99/mo.)

* RSNs (regional sports networks) vary by area.

View fuboTV plans

Live CBS Sports: Paramount Plus

Price:
$4.99–$9.99/mo.
Live sports:
NFL, Champions League, March Madness, and more
Features:
Live access to your local CBS station in Premium plan

Data effective as of post date. Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Pros

  • Local CBS live TV stream ($9.99 plan)
  • Large on-demand library of TV shows and movies
  • 20+ live channels with curated content

Cons

  • Scarce sports league coverage
  • Small (but growing) lineup of originals

Paramount+ has some great original series like Star Trek: Picard and 1883, but the streaming service excels most in its handling of live sports. In order to get the most live sports coverage, though, you’ll first need to subscribe to the Premium plan ($9.99 a month).

With the Premium plan, you’ll be able to watch your local CBS affiliate live within the Paramount+ app. This expands the app’s already strong roster of live sports, giving you complete access to every NFL on CBS broadcast and all UEFA Champions League games.

College basketball also runs rampant on Paramount+, but you’ll want to check out our How to Watch College Basketball guide for the complete lowdown on that.

Paramount+ live sports

  • Argentine Primera División
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
  • CONCACAF
  • Coppa Italia
  • FA Women’s Super League (FAWSL)
  • March Madness
  • NCAA Basketball
  • NFL
  • National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)
  • UEFA Europa Conference League
  • UEFA Europa League
  • UEFA Champions League
  • Serie A
View Paramount+ plans

Other top streaming services for sports

Amazon Prime Video

Price:
$8.99–$14.99/mo.
Live sports:
NFL, WNBA, and more
Features:
25,000+ movies and TV shows included

Data effective as of post date. Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Amazon Prime Video is another top streaming service to consider for watching live sports—especially as it’s now the exclusive home to Thursday Night Football. In addition to NFL games, Prime Video also shows select WNBA games and PGA Tour coverage to all subscribers at no additional cost.

You can also take your Prime Video experience to the next level with its wide selection of sports add-on channels, including NBA League Pass, MLB.TV, and PGA Tour Live.

Apple TV+

Price:
$6.99/mo.
Live sports:
MLB and MLS
Features:
100+ original movies and TV shows

Data effective as of post date. Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Apple TV+ is one of the latest streaming services to offer exclusive live sports. Its Friday Night Baseball programming kicked off in 2022, and its massive MLS streaming deal begins in 2023. There’s even the possibility of NFL SUNDAY TICKET coming to Apple TV after leaving DIRECTV ahead of the 2023 NFL season.

For now, live sports are limited on Apple TV+. But the service is just $6.99 a month and is home to several high-quality original series. Ted Lasso, anyone?

What to look for in a sports streaming service

Choosing a streaming service for sports can be a daunting task, especially with major league sports appearing across several different services.

To help you out, we’ve compiled a few tips for determining what makes a streaming service right for your sports-viewing needs.

Sports teams and leagues

When it comes to finding the best streaming service for sports, you want to find the service that carries the teams you love and support. Sure, fuboTV has the most sports-oriented channels, but that doesn’t matter if none of those channels carry the sports you enjoy.

You might be more inclined to review our sports-specific pages for a better idea of the best ways to watch your favorite leagues. We also have more sports viewing guides featured on our CableTV.com Sports hub page.

App availability

After finding your favorite sports and leagues, the next most important thing to be aware of is whether or not the streaming service you choose is available on your preferred streaming platform.

Most of the services we’ve highlighted in this article are widely available across major streaming devices like Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku. Still, it’s always worth double-checking your device’s app store before deciding on a streaming service.

If you’re new to streaming, head over to our Best Streaming TV Devices page for a closer look at our favorite devices.

DVR specs and on-demand content

With live TV streaming services, you’ll want to make sure the amount of Cloud DVR space available to you meets your needs. Sports with events or games that occur several times a week can easily crowd your DVR. If your daily schedule makes it difficult to watch sports live, you’ll want to make sure you choose a live TV streaming service with adequate space.

YouTube TV is the very best when it comes to recording live TV. The service has unlimited DVR space, and all recordings stay active in your account for up to nine months.

On-demand streaming services like ESPN+, Peacock, and Paramount+ don’t come with DVR options. Because of their on-demand nature, each service automatically stores most live events for a certain duration of time. For example, Premier League matches on Peacock are available to stream for 30 days after they air.

Final take

We love DIRECTV STREAM because it has the most regional sports network (RSN) coverage for a live TV streaming service. It’ll also set you up with key national channels for the best local and primetime coverage from leagues like MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL.

For on-demand streaming apps, the $9.99-a-month ESPN+ offers the best value with thousands of live sporting events each year. Peacock Premium has an even lower cost at $4.99 a month, making it the cheapest option out there. But we suggest checking out each service’s sports coverage before committing to a plan.

YouTube TV also strikes a good balance between sports and entertainment channels, but its unlimited cloud DVR is what takes the cake. If you rely on recording live TV events, then YouTube TV should be at the top of your list.

Sling TV is a cheaper alternative for streaming live TV, and it has many add-on options that you can choose from to meet your needs. There’s also fuboTV and its massive channel lineups that primarily cater to watching popular foreign sports leagues.

Sure, Hulu has live sports, but Hulu + Live TV doesn’t have the deepest lineup of sports channels. However, it comes with both Disney+ and ESPN+, making it a more enticing service all around.

Best streaming services for live sports FAQ

Which streaming services have live sports?

Several live TV streaming services carry live pro and college sports. YouTube TV, fuboTV, Sling TVHulu + Live TV, and DIRECTV STREAM are the most popular live TV streaming services for sports. On-demand streaming services like ESPN+, Peacock, and Paramount+ also have some live sports.

Does Amazon Prime Video have live sports?

The only live sports included in an Amazon Prime Video subscription are NFL Thursday Night Football games and select WNBA matchups. The service does have additional channel add-ons you can purchase, such as NBA League Pass and Paramount+, which include their own live and on-demand sports content.

Can I watch sports on Netflix?

You won’t find any live or on-demand sporting events on Netflix—not yet, at least. But the streamer has plenty of movies and series centered around sports. We recommend checking out the nostalgia-infused Cobra Kai and the documentary series Last Chance U.

What is the best free streaming service for sports?

You can stream sports content for free on apps like Pluto TV, Sling Free, and Tubi. But you won’t get many live games on any of those platforms. Instead, we recommend a one-time purchase of an over-the-air antenna. Simply connect that $20–$60 device to your TV, and you’ll get local channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC—all of which air live sporting events throughout the year.

Do regional sports blackouts apply to streaming?

A regional blackout applies to live TV streaming just as it does with cable and satellite, meaning a nearby team’s games may appear on a specific regional or local channel based on your physical location. Not every available TV plan will include regional sports networks, but you can avoid blackouts on certain streaming services by using a VPN (virtual private network) to mask your location.

Methodology

Our sports-obsessed experts spent over 1,000 hours testing live TV streaming services to determine the best ones for watching sports. We compared both overall and sport-specific channel lineups and examined what kind of league coverage each service’s channel lineups encompass. We also looked at TV plans, prices, and extra features, as well as the technical specifications of every service.

To learn more about our methods, check out our How We Rank page.

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