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Best Streaming Services for Sports 2024: ESPN+, Fubo, and More

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

Editor's choice
YouTube TV
Live channels:
100+
Sports channels:
15+
DVR storage:
Unlimited (for 9 mos.)
Live channels:
100+
Sports channels:
15+
DVR storage:
Unlimited (for 9 mos.)
Exclusive live sports
ESPN+
Live sports:
NHL, Bundesliga, La Liga, PGA Tour, UFL, and more
Features:
Full 30 for 30 library and exclusive UFC PPV events
Live sports:
NHL, Bundesliga, La Liga, PGA Tour, UFL, and more
Features:
Full 30 for 30 library and exclusive UFC PPV events
Cheapest
Peacock
Live sports:
NFL, Premier League, WWE, Olympics, and more
Features:
Next-day access to current NBC shows
Live sports:
NFL, Premier League, WWE, Olympics, and more
Features:
Next-day access to current NBC shows
Best sports bundle
Hulu + Live TV
Live channels:
95+
Sports channels:
15+ (including ESPN+)
DVR storage:
Unlimited (for 9 mos.)
Live channels:
95+
Sports channels:
15+ (including ESPN+)
DVR storage:
Unlimited (for 9 mos.)
Best free trial
Fubo
Live channels:
65–260+
Sports channels:
35+
DVR storage:
Unlimited (for 9 mos.)
Live channels:
65–260+
Sports channels:
35+
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.

Most streaming services feature a robust yet confusing assortment of live sports. But what service offers the best value for sports fans? That depends on the teams, leagues, and channels you want to watch.

YouTube TV is our go-to overall pick because the live TV streaming service offers essential ESPN and FOX Sports networks on top of league-specific channels and NFL Sunday Ticket. If you want 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 leagues. So keep scrolling as we outline how each service compares and why you might choose one over another.

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Best streaming services for live sports

Compare streaming services for live sports

Streaming service Price Live channels Sports channels Streams Cloud DVR Choose your plan
YouTube TV
Editor’s choice
$72.99/mo. 100+ 15+ 3 Unlimited (for 9 mos.) View plans

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ESPN+
Best value
$10.99/mo. or $109.99/yr. N/A N/A 5 N/A View plans

Read ESPN+ review
Peacock
Cheapest
$5.99–$11.99/mo. or $59.99–$119.99/yr. 50+ 5 3 N/A
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Hulu + Live TV
Best sports bundle
$76.99–$89.99/mo. 95+ 15+ 2 Unlimited (for 9 mos.) View plans

Read Hulu + Live TV review
Sling TV
Best channel add-ons
$40.00–$55.00/mo. 30–45+ 30+ 1–4 50–200 hrs. View plans

Read Sling TV review
DIRECTV STREAM
Most sports channels
$69.99–$159.99/mo. 75–150+ 20+ 3–unlimited Unlimited (for 9 mos.) View plans

Read DIRECTV STREAM review
Fubo
Best free trial
$32.99–$99.99/mo. 65–260+ 35+ 3–10 Unlimited (for 9 mos.) View plans

Read Fubo review
Paramount+
Live CBS Sports
$5.99–$11.99/mo. or $59.99–$119.99/yr. 30+ 2 3–unlimited N/A View plans

Read Paramount+ review

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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 U.S. and abroad. We’re talking NFL and NBA to Premier League and Formula One.

Editor’s choice: YouTube TV

Price:
$72.99/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

  • No MLB Network and NHL Network
  • Unsatisfying RSN coverage

If you want a solid blend of sports and entertainment, YouTube TV offers the best of both worlds. You’ll get 100+ live channels, including popular non-sport favorites like AMC, Comedy Central, Disney Channel, and Syfy. 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 have as many sports channels as DIRECTV STREAM or Fubo. But it has the important ones and is the new home of NFL Sunday Ticket—making it the best service to watch NFL games.

The included cloud DVR has no limits but deletes recordings after nine months. It’s excellent for keeping up on games when you have a busy schedule. Plus, it has a score-hiding function to avoid spoilers.

​​Unfortunately, none of those games you record will come from MLB Network or NHL Network. (Sorry, baseball and hockey fans. YouTube TV doesn’t carry those channels.) Still, YouTube TV gives you a lot of sports and entertainment networks for $72.99/mo.

  • ACC Network
  • Big Ten Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNews
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • Golf Channel
  • MOTOR TREND
  • NBA TV
  • NBC Sports RSNs*
  • NFL Network
  • SEC Network
  • T2
  • TUDN
  • Sports Plus Add-On ($10.99/mo.)
  • MLB.TV ($24.99/mo.)
  • NBA League Pass ($28.99/mo.)
  • WNBA League Pass ($24.99/mo.)

* RSNs (regional sports networks) vary by area.

Exclusive live sports: ESPN+

Price:
$10.99/mo. or $109.99/yr.
Live sports:
NHL, Bundesliga, La Liga, PGA Tour, UFL, 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 $10.99/mo. or $109.99/yr.

ESPN+ includes games from every major sports league in the United States, except for the NBA. It has every out-of-market NHL game and expanded golf coverage via PGA Tour Live. And the buck doesn’t stop there—especially for soccer fans—as ESPN+ is the exclusive U.S. 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.

  • Belgium Pro League
  • Bundesliga
  • Emirates FA Cup
  • English Football League (EFL)
  • 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
  • NFL International Series
  • NHL
  • PGA Tour
  • Premier Lacrosse League
  • Top Rank Boxing
  • UFC
  • UFL
  • United Soccer League (USL)

Cheapest: Peacock

Price:
$5.99–$11.99/mo. or $59.99–$119.99/yr.
Live sports:
Olympics, NFL, Premier League, WWE, and more
Features:
Next-day access to current NBC shows with Premium plan

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Lackluster interface
  • Limited live content from USA Network

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.

Peacock no longer offers a free plan to new subscribers, so we recommend Peacock Premium Monthly to get access to every sporting event offered. And it’s really an impressive lineup of sports—including the English Premier League, MLB, the PGA Tour, and WWE . . . a lot of WWE.

Apart from sports, Peacock Premium Monthly 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.

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  • AMA Supercross
  • Big Ten sports
  • Diamond League Track and Field
  • European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR)
  • Figure Skating Championships
  • MLB
  • NFL
  • IMSA SportsCar Championship
  • IndyCar Series
  • Olympics
  • PGA Tour
  • Premier League
  • Premiership Rugby
  • Skate America
  • USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships
  • WWE

Best bundles: Hulu + Live TV

Price:
$76.99–$89.99/mo.
Live channels:
95+
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 some league-specific channels like 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.

  • ACC Network
  • Big Ten Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNews
  • ESPN+
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • Golf Channel
  • MLB Network
  • MOTOR TREND
  • NBC Sports RSNs*
  • NFL Network
  • SEC Network
  • T2

* RSNs (regional sports networks) vary by area.

Most customizable: Sling TV

Price:
$40.00–$55.00/mo.
Live channels:
30–45+
Sports channels:
30+
Cloud DVR storage:
50 hrs. included

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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 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.

  • ACC Network
  • AXS TV
  • 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
  • Pac-12 Network
  • SEC Network
  • SEC Network+
  • Tennis Channel
  • NBA Team Pass ($17.99/mo.)
  • NBA League Pass ($28.99/mo.)

Most streaming sports channels: DIRECTV STREAM

Price:
$69.99–$159.99/mo.
Live channels:
75–150+
Sports channels:
20+
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

  • 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, you’ll need its CHOICE™ plan or higher to get the best experience. At $84.99 a month, the CHOICE plan is one of the most expensive plans 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) make DIRECTV STREAM shine the most. Only Fubo has as many RSNs as DIRECTV STREAM, but Fubo lacks core channels like TBS, TNT, and truTV. That makes DIRECTV STREAM a crucial service for cord-cutters seeking local and national MLB, NBA, and NHL coverage.

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 free RSN lookup tool to see which RSNs are available in your area. That’ll help you determine if DIRECTV STREAM is really worth it.

For a long time, the biggest penalty against DIRECTV STREAM was its complete lack of NFL-dedicated channels. But NFL Network is now available in DIRECTV STREAM’s Sports Pack ($14.99 a month).

  • ACC Network
  • Altitude Sports*
  • 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
  • Monumental Sports Network
  • MSG Network*
  • NBA TV
  • NBC Sports RSNs*
  • NESN*
  • NHL Network
  • ROOT Sports Northwest*
  • Space City Home Network*
  • Spectrum SportsNet*
  • SportsNet New York (SNY)*
  • SportsNet Pittsburgh*
  • SportsNet Rocky Mountain*
  • SEC Network
  • Sportsman Channel
  • Tennis Channel
  • TUDN
  • TVG
  • YES Network*

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

Best free trial: Fubo

Price:
$32.99–$99.99/mo.
Live channels:
65–260+
Sports channels:
35+
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

  • 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, Fubo (formerly fuboTV) can give you more sports channels than most live TV streaming services. This includes some channels you may have never heard of—unless you’re really into soccer. While Fubo launched as a fútbol-centric streaming service, its channel offerings now include entertainment networks and custom add-on options.

Unfortunately, Fubo doesn’t carry any Warner Bros. Discovery networks. You won’t see channels like TBS, TNT, and truTV on Fubo 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 ($89.99 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 $96.98 a month.

  • ACC Network
  • AT&T SportsNet RSNs*
  • AXS TV
  • Bally Sports RSNs*
  • beIN SPORTS
  • Big Ten Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN Deportes
  • ESPNews
  • ESPNU
  • Fox Deportes
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • FOX Soccer Plus
  • Fubo Latino
  • Fubo Sports Network
  • Glory
  • Golf Channel
  • GolTV English
  • GolTV Spanish
  • Marquee Sports Network*
  • MLB Network
  • MSG Network*
  • NBA TV
  • NBC Sports RSNs*
  • NESN*
  • NFL Network
  • NHL Network
  • Origin Sports Network
  • Outside Television
  • Pac-12 Network
  • Perfect Game
  • PFL
  • PokerGO
  • Real Madrid TV
  • ROOT Sports Northwest*
  • SEC Network
  • SPEEDVISION
  • SportsNet New York (SNY)*
  • Swerve Sports
  • Tennis Channel
  • TUDN
  • TyC Sports
  • Zona Fútbol
  • MLB.TV ($24.99/mo.)
  • NBA League Pass ($14.99/mo.)

* RSNs (regional sports networks) vary by area.

Best value: Paramount+

Price:
$5.99–$11.99/mo. or $59.99–$119.99/yr.
Live sports:
NFL, Champions League, March Madness, and more
Features:
Live access to your local CBS station in Premium plan

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Pros

  • Local CBS live TV stream (in $11.99/mo. plan)
  • Large on-demand library of TV shows and movies
  • 30+ 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 the Paramount+ with SHOWTIME plan ($11.99 a month).

With the higher-tier plan, you’ll be able to watch live SHOWTIME content and your local CBS affiliate within the Paramount+ app. This expands the app’s already strong roster of live sports, giving you complete access to NFL on CBS, Bellator MMA, Serie A, and UEFA Champions League broadcasts.

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.

  • Argentine Primera División
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
  • Combate Global MMA
  • CONCACAF
  • Coppa Italia
  • FA Women’s Super League (FAWSL)
  • March Madness
  • Masters Tournament
  • NCAA sports
  • NFL
  • National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)
  • PGA Tour
  • UEFA Europa Conference League
  • UEFA Europa League
  • UEFA Champions League
  • UEFA Nations League
  • Serie A

Other top streaming services for sports

Amazon Prime Video

Price:
$8.99–$14.99/mo. or $139.00/yr.
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 ONE Championship fights 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 MOTOR TREND.

Apple TV+

Price:
$9.99/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 MLS Season Pass hub launched in 2023.

For now, live sports are somewhat 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?

DAZN

Price:
$24.99/mo. or $224.99/yr.
Live sports:
Boxing, women's soccer, pool, and more
Features:
Exclusive PPV events and 500+ classic fights

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

DAZN is one of the best streaming services for combat sports—featuring Golden Boy Promotions and Matchroom Boxing fights. It also has UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) matches alongside niche sports like pool, darts, chess, and snooker.

The biggest downside to DAZN is its price. At $24.99 a month, you’d expect the service to include a deep library of mainstream sports. The price is incredibly disappointing if you’re interested only in specific leagues like the UWCL. Plus, PPV fees still exist for select combat events.

ViX

Price:
Free–$6.99/mo.
Live sports:
Liga MX, Liga MX Femenil, UEFA Champions League, and more
Features:
Live and on-demand TelevisaUnivision 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.

If you prefer sports en Español, ViX is the best streaming service to have in your corner. The TelevisaUnivision platform streams content from popular Spanish-language networks like Galavisión, TUDN, UniMás, and Univision. Plus, you’ll see exclusives that don’t appear anywhere else.

Sports fans will benefit the most from ViX’s daily dose of live events—from Liga MX and UEFA competitions to Argentine Primera División and Liga Mexicana de Beisbol games. It also doesn’t hurt if you’re a telenovela aficionado because ViX comes packed with Spanish soap operas.

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 finding the best streaming service for sports, you need one that carries the teams you love and support. Sure, Fubo has the most sports-oriented channels, but it doesn’t matter if none of those channels carry the sports you enjoy.

Check out our Upcoming Sports Events guide and other sports-specific pages for a better idea of how to watch your favorite leagues. We feature many sports viewing guides on our CableTV.com Sports hub page, but here are some to get you started.

App availability

After finding your favorite sports and leagues, the next most important thing to be aware of is whether the streaming service you choose is available on your preferred device/platform.

Most of the services 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 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 ensure the available cloud DVR space meets your needs. Sports with events or games that occur several times a week can quickly crowd your DVR. Plus, you may not be around to watch everything live if you have a busy daily schedule.

Fortunately, most services now offer unlimited DVR space. But that doesn’t mean you can keep a game recording forever. In the case of YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV, recordings stay active in your DVR for up to nine months.

On-demand streaming services like ESPN+, Peacock, and Paramount+ don’t offer 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.

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, Fubo, 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?

Yes, Netflix has plenty of movies and series centered around sports—including Break Point, Formula 1: Drive to Survive, and Full Swing. The streamer also produced its first live sports event, The Netflix Cup, in November 2023. We can expect many more live events on Netflix later down the road, like NFL Christmas games.

Is Hulu the best for sports?

Hulu + Live TV is a solid option for streaming sports, but it’s not for everyone. After all, the live TV streaming service doesn’t have NBA TV and NHL Network. But it includes ESPN+ at no extra cost.

What is the best free streaming service for sports?

You can stream sports content for free on apps like Pluto TV, Sling Freestream, 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.

Why you should trust us

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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