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What Sports Can I Watch Without Cable or Live TV Streaming Services?

You can watch a lot of sports coverage without a live TV service. Our TV experts uncover how it’s possible and what it costs.

In today’s entertainment landscape, the traditional reliance on a live TV provider is diminishing. Most viewers can get by with on-demand streaming services and over-the-air (OTA) TV access. But sports fans will miss crucial games and events still tied to regional and national cable channels.

Of course, plenty of sports coverage is no longer available on cable, satellite, and live TV streaming services. That’s why we armed ourselves with six on-demand streaming platforms and an OTA antenna. We wanted to see what coverage is available and how the price compares to a traditional TV plan. Sports logo featuring animated athlete with raised hands.

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Our on-demand streaming game plan

During our experiment, we used the premium versions of the six on-demand streaming services listed below. The total monthly price was $75.94—roughly the price of premium live TV streaming services. But we also used a Mohu Leaf 50 antenna, which is a one-time cost of $39.99 a month.*

Service Plan Price Details
Amazon Prime Video Prime Video w/ Amazon Prime membership $14.99/mo. View plans

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Apple TV+ $9.99/mo. View plans

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ESPN+ $10.99/mo. View plans

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Max Ad-Free w/ B/R Sports Add-on $15.99/mo. View plans

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Paramount+ Paramount+ with SHOWTIME $11.99/mo. View plans

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Peacock Premium Plus $11.99/mo. View plans

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Data effective as of post date.

Sports coverage from on-demand streaming services

We enjoyed extensive sports coverage alongside hit movies and TV shows from the OTA antenna and six streaming services.

While our table below provides key highlights, it’s worth noting that not all services fully cover each league and event. But we were happy to access most local and prime-time NFL games, every PGA Tour tournament, most matches featuring the U.S. Soccer national teams, and every Grand Slam tennis tournament.

Service Coverage Live channels
TV antenna MLB, MLS, NASCAR, NBA, NFL, NHL, NWSL, PGA Tour, college sports, UFL, WNBA, WWE, and more ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, The CW, and more
Amazon Prime Video Thursday Night Football, NWSL, WNBA, ONE Championship, Overtime Elite, and more
Apple TV+ Friday Night Baseball and MLS
ESPN+ UFC, NBA, NFL, NHL, college sports, PGA Tour, F1, Bundesliga, La Liga, Top Rank Boxing, Wimbledon, and more
Max (w/ B/R Sports Add-On) MLB, NBA, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, All Elite Wrestling, U.S. Soccer, UCI tours, 24 Hours of Le Mans, and more TNT, TBS, and truTV (sports only)
Paramount+ with SHOWTIME NFL on CBS, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, NWSL, Serie A, PGA Tour, and more CBS
Peacock NFL on NBC, NASCAR, Premier League, IndyCar, Big Ten, WWE, PGA Tour, Olympics, Tour de France, and more NBC

Data effective as of post date.

Sports coverage we missed

You can get rid of cable and still watch sports—a lot of sports, actually. But our streaming-antenna game plan had some holes regarding what aired on regional sports networks (RSNs) and premium cable channels. Here are the main things we missed:

Additionally, it was annoying to jump between apps when watching back-to-back coverage on different services. This problem doesn’t happen often, but it’s a big headache during March Madness.

Pro tip: We can’t get every MLS game without MLS Season Pass on Apple TV. But with the Apple TV+ subscription, we can add an MLS Season Pass for a discounted $12.99 a month (instead of $14.99 a month).

Live TV services aren’t necessary for certain sports fans

Casual fans can easily watch major sporting events by combining an OTA antenna with on-demand streaming services. The monthly price of the six services we used in our experiment is comparable to live TV streaming services like Fubo, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV. But even then, you don’t need every on-demand service to enjoy the sports you love.

But if you ditch cable, satellite, or live TV streaming services, you’ll miss out on premium channels. Networks like ESPN, FS1, and USA Network carry a lot of sports, as do regional sports networks. Fortunately, some standalone services offer in-market and out-of-market coverage, as outlined in our RSN Streaming guide.

Why you should trust us

Our sports experts spent hundreds of hours watching and researching sports across on-demand streaming services and antenna TV. We examined each service’s diverse lineup of sporting events and scrutinized coverage gaps. We compiled our findings to provide informed insights into the accessibility and breadth of available sports content through cable TV alternatives.

Check out our How We Rank page to learn more about our methods.


Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

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