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Best Streaming Services for Sports 2020

What’s the best livestreaming TV for getting your game on? CableTV.com breaks it down.

Best overall for sports

Price: $54.99$84.99/mo.
Live channels: 170+
Sports channels:  35+

Best for sports add-ons

Price: $30$60/mo.
Live channels: 70+
Sports channels:  30+

Best for entertainment

Price: $64.99/mo.
Live channels: 85+
Sports channels: 20+

Best for college sports

Price: $54.99$60.99/mo.
Live channels: 60+
Sports channels: 15+

Best basic sports lineup

Price: $55$80/mo.
Live channels: 60+
Sports channels: 15+

Bottom line: All the sports, no cable

The biggest strike against livestreaming TV services used to be the lack of sports, but they’re catching up with cable and satellite TV. Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV, AT&T TV NOW, and fuboTV all cover the action these days.

We’ve picked five services that give you the best spread of sports channels, even if they’re not exactly cheap. If sheer quantity of sports isn’t your game, however, you might find another livestreaming service here that hits the sweet spot.

Best streaming services for sports

Specs and Features Comparison

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Streaming servicePriceLive channelsSports channelsCloud DVRStreamsChoose your plan
Best overall for sports
fuboTV
$54.99–$84.99/mo.170+35+30 hrs.2–5
Best for sports add-ons
Sling TV
$30.00–$60.00/mo.70+30+50 hrs.1–4
Best for sports and entertainment
YouTube TV
$64.99/mo.85+20+Unlimited3
Best for college sports
Hulu Live
$54.99–$60.99/mo.60+15+50 hrs.2
Best basic sports lineup
AT&T TV NOW
$55.00–$80.00/mo.60+15+500 hrs.3

Data effective 07/16/20 Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

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Summary of best streaming services for sports

Sling TV and fuboTV give you way more sports coverage if you’re willing to shell out the bucks, but we also like YouTube TV for its balance of sports and entertainment channels. As for Hulu + Live TV and AT&T TV NOW, well, we’ll get to them in a minute.

Best overall for sports: fuboTV

Price: $54.99–$84.99/mo.
Live channels: 170+
Sports channels:  35+

Pros

  • Loads of soccer channels
  • Plenty of add-on options

Cons

  • Expensive plans
  • Limited local channels

If you’re willing to pay for it, fuboTV can give you more sports channels than any other streaming service—including some you’ve never heard of, unless you’re really into soccer. fuboTV launched as a futbol-centric streaming service, and it still excels at that, but it also offers a decent array of entertainment channels and custom add-on options.

fuboTV recently added ESPN channels, which cemented its place as a true streaming sports leader: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNews, and ESPN Deportes are now all onboard with fubo, as well as SEC Network and AAC Network. Score!

Or we should say, Goooaaalll! fuboTV is definitely for diehard soccer fans, and those fans will want the Ultra plan ($84.99 a month) with the International Sports Plus add-on ($5.99 a month). Why? Because the International Sports Plus add-on gets you seven more channels, including FOX Soccer Plus. That’s a bargain for FOX Soccer Plus, but now the monthly price tag is $90.98 a month. Ouch.

fuboTV (Ultra + International Sports Plus) sports channels:

  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3
  • ESPNU
  • ESPNews
  • ESPN Deportes
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • FOX Soccer Plus
  • FOX Deportes
  • FOX RSNs*
  • NBC Sports Network
  • NBC RSNs*
  • NBA TV
  • NFL Network
  • NFL RedZone
  • NHL Network
  • beIN Sports
  • Big Ten Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • SEC Network
  • AAC Network
  • Eleven Sports
  • Pac-12
  • Fight Network
  • fubo Sports Network
  • Game+
  • Golf Channel
  • GolTV
  • Olympic Channel
  • Stadium
  • Tennis Channel
  • TUDN
  • TVG
  • TyC SPorts
  • VISN
  • Zona Futbol
  • MOTOR TREND

* RSNs (regional sports networks) vary by area.

Best for sports add-ons: Sling TV

Price: $30–$60/mo.
Live channels: 70+
Sports channels:  30+

Pros

  • Over 30 sports channels
  • Customizable lineups

Cons

  • Limited DVR
  • Limited local channels

Sling TV offers three plan options, but, to get the most sports channels, you’d want the priciest one ($45 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 (50 channels) aren’t bad individually, but Sling’s combined Orange + Blue plan nets you mainstream sports channels like ESPN, FS1, and NBC Sports. Combined with 24 more sports channels from Sling’s Sports Extra package, that’s over 30 sports channels for $60 a month.

 Of course, you may not be interested in all of the sports in the Orange + Blue + Sports Extra plan, in which case you might want to downsize to either the Orange or Blue plan alone, both of which offer their own individualized Sports Extra add-ons. Sling TV is nothing if not customizable.

 Big “but” warning: Sling TV includes only 10 hours of cloud DVR space, which can be upgraded to an only-slightly-better 50 hours for an extra $5 a month. Good luck recording more than a few sports events with that measly allotment.

Sling TV (Orange + Blue + Sports Extra) sports channels:

  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNEWS
  • ESPNU
  • ESPN Bases Loaded
  • ESPN Buzzer Beater
  • ESPN Goal Line
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • FOX Sports RSNs*
  • NBC Sports Network
  • NBC Sports RSNs*
  • beIN Sports
  • MLB Network
  • MLB Strike Zone
  • NBA TV
  • NFL Network
  • NHL Network
  • AAC Network
  • AAC Network Extra
  • SEC Network
  • Big Ten Network
  • Campus Insiders
  • Longhorn Network
  • Stadium
  • Stadium Plus
  • Golf Channel
  • Tennis Channel
  • Olympic Channel
  • Outside Television
  • MOTOR TREND
  • Motorsport TV

* RSNs (regional sports networks) vary by area.

Best for sports and entertainment: YouTube TV

Price: $64.99/mo.
Live channels: 85+
Sports channels: 20+

Pros

  • Over 20 sports channels
  • Unlimited DVR

Cons

  • No NFL or NHL channels
  • Few international sports

YouTube TV, our favorite overall livestreaming service at CableTV.com, is loaded with pro and college sports channels, and you can add on FOX Soccer Plus and NBA League pass to up your futbol and B-ball coverage. The included cloud DVR space, which comes with no limits but does delete recordings after nine months, is also great for keeping up on games. It even has a score-hiding “no spoiler” function.

Unfortunately, none of those games will come from NFL Network, NFL RedZone, or NHL Network: YouTube TV doesn’t carry those channels—that’s a fumble worth a trip to the penalty box (sorry to mix sports metaphors). Still, YouTube TV gives you a lot of sports and entertainment channels for $64.99 a month.

YouTube TV sports channels:

  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNEWS
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • FOX Sports RSNs*
  • NBC Sports Network
  • NBC Sports RSNs*
  • CBS Sports Network
  • MLB Network
  • NBA TV
  • AAC Network
  • AAC Network Extra
  • Big Ten Network
  • SEC Network
  • Golf Channel
  • Tennis Channel
  • Olympic Channel
  • MOTOR TREND
  • FOX Soccer Plus ($15.00/mo.)
  • NBA League Pass ($40.00/mo.)

Best for college sports: Hulu + Live TV

Price: $54.99–$60.99/mo.
Live channels: 60+
Sports channels: 15+

Pros

  • Solid college sports coverage
  • Basic major sports channels

Cons

  • No pro league channels
  • No sports add-ons

Hulu + Live TV’s channel lineup includes the basics of sports with ESPN, FOX, and NBC networks, as well as college ball with Big Ten, CBS Sports, and a few others. However, even though it’s a solid livestreaming service overall, Hulu + Live TV probably isn’t for pro sports fans.

MLB Network, NBA TV, NFL Network, NFL RedZone, and NHL Network are nowhere to be found on Hulu + Live TV, and there are no available sports add-on packages either. Hulu gets it right on the entertainment side, but it’s spotty on sports.

Hulu + Live TV sports channels:

  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNEWS
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • FOX Sports RSNs*
  • NBC Sports Network
  • NBC Sports RSNs*
  • CBS Sports Network
  • AAC Network
  • AAC Network Extra
  • Big Ten Network
  • SEC Network
  • Golf Channel
  • Olympic Channel
  • MOTOR TREND

* RSNs (regional sports networks) vary by area.

Best basic sports lineup: AT&T TV NOW

Price: $55–$80/mo.
Live channels: 60+
Sports channels: 15+

Pros

  • Decent college sports lineups
  • Plenty of DVR space

Cons

  • Limited pro sports channels
  • No league channels

AT&T TV NOW may be a corporate cousin of DIRECTV, but you’d never know it from NOW’s weak sports lineup. Its basic plan, PLUS, gives you only four proper sports networks (ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, and NBC Sports Network) for $55 a month.

If you’re looking for sports from AT&T TV NOW, the MAX plan is the way to go: it adds FS2 to PLUS’s list, as well as seven college and three other sports channels (Golf, Tennis, and Olympic). But, the biggest penalty against AT&T TV NOW as a sports streamer overall is the complete lack of any NFL, NBA, NHL, or MLB-dedicated channels.

And don’t even ask about NFL SUNDAY TICKET—that’s still a DIRECTV exclusive.

AT&T TV NOW (MAX) sports channels:

  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • NBC Sports Network
  • NBC RSNs*
  • FOX RSNs*
  • Golf Channel
  • Olympic Channel
  • AAC Network
  • AAC Network Extra
  • Big Ten Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • Longhorn Network
  • SEC Network

* RSNs (regional sports networks) vary by area.

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Final take: Price vs. quantity

Sling TV, fuboTV, and YouTube TV all stream a wide variety of sports; Hulu + Live TV and AT&T TV NOW, not so much. We assess each service’s strengths like this:

  • fuboTV kills it at soccer and international sports, though it starts expensive and only gets pricier with requisite futbol add-ons. If you live and breathe sports, this is for you—just be prepared for the bill.
  • Sling TV turns into a real sports contender only when its basic plans are combined and then beefed-up with an add-on package. But 30 sports channels for $60 a month? Not bad.
  • YouTube TV is a solid overall choice, with a loaded basic lineup of sports and entertainment channels. We also like the unlimited cloud DVR.
  • Hulu + Live TV is better as an entertainment streamer than a sports destination, but it still carries a decent lineup of mainstream sports channels.
  • AT&T TV NOW isn’t cheap, and it doesn’t carry as many sports channels as the rest. We like it well enough as a general livestreaming service, but a sports hub it ain’t.

Streaming services for sports FAQ

Does Amazon’s Prime Video have live sports?

While Amazon Prime Video does offer some sports channels with on-demand content, like MLB.TV and NBA League Pass, the only live sports are select NFL Thursday Night Football games.

How can I watch live sports for free?

Local ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Telemundo, and Univision stations carry live sports, and all you need to watch them is an over-the-air antenna. You’ll need to buy and install the antenna, but that’s just a one-time purchase as opposed to a monthly cable or streaming service bill.

Do regional sports blackouts apply to streaming?

Regional blackouts, wherein cable providers defer to local broadcast stations for game coverage, applies to livestreaming TV just as it does with cable and satellite. But, blackouts can be worked around on streaming TV by using a VPN (virtual private network) to mask your location.

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