How to watch the NHL without cable – the 2021-22 hockey season begins on October 12

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  • The 2021-22 NHL season begins on October 12 with a full schedule of 82 games for each team.
  • ESPN, ABC, and TNT will carry national NHL broadcasts, while ESPN+ and Hulu will stream exclusive games.
  • We suggest pairing ESPN+ with a live TV streaming service like Sling to watch the NHL without cable.

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The 2021-22 NHL season starts on October 12, just three months after the conclusion of the most recent Stanley Cup Finals. ESPN, ABC, and TNT will handle national NHL broadcasts instead of NBC Sports this season, and select games will stream on ESPN+ and Hulu.

After a shortened season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NHL teams will return to a full 82-game schedule for 2021-22. ESPN and ABC will broadcast a combined total of 28 exclusive games during the regular season. ESPN+ and Hulu will stream 75 exclusive games, and ESPN+ will also offer more than 1,000 out of market matches. TNT will broadcast NHL games on Wednesday nights, and it will offer Sunday afternoon games in March and April.

The opening games of the season feature the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Seattle Kraken versus the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Both games will broadcast on October 12 via ESPN and ESPN+, with the first game starting in Tampa Bay at 7:30 p.m. ET, and the second starting in Las Vegas at 10 p.m. ET.

How to watch the 2021-22 NHL season

There are several services hockey fans can subscribe to in order to watch NHL games throughout the season. The league switched national broadcasts partners this year, moving from NBC and NBC sports to ESPN, ABC, and TNT. Local affiliates vary by team; some teams air on local TV without cable, while others, like the New York Rangers and Islanders, have cable exclusive partners.

To catch every nationally televised games without cable, you’ll need a subscription to a streaming service with live TV access to ESPN and TNT. At $35 a month, we think Sling TV Blue offers the best value for the channels and content you can access. And for an additional $11 a month, you can add the Sports Extra package which includes the NHL Network where you can watch additional out-of-market games.

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Outside of nationally televised games on ESPN and TNT, you can also stream a ton of NHL games through ESPN+ and Hulu. Both services will stream the same lineup of 75 regular season games. You can see a full schedule on ESPN’s site.

In addition, ESPN+ plans to offer more than 1,000 out of market games during the regular season on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights.

ESPN+ costs $7 a month, making it a great option for NHL fans who want more to watch than their local team; subscribers also get access to UFC and other sporting events.

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How to watch Major League Baseball – the regular season comes to a close on October 3

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  • Major League Baseball (MLB) will conclude its 162-game regular season on October 3.
  • Nationally televised games are spread across ESPN, Fox, Fox Sports, TBS, and MLBN.
  • You can also catch out-of-market games through ESPN+ and MLB TV.

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After last season was shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic, Major League Baseball will successfully reach the end of its standard 162-game regular season on October 3. The final wild card spots and playoff seeding will be decided in these final games, with the postseason scheduled to begin with play-in games on October 5.

The top two wild card teams in each league will play single-elimination play-in games for the final seeds in the playoffs. Teams that win their division automatically earn a playoff seed, meaning the Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves, and Milwaukee Brewers are already guaranteed playoff spots.

In the American League, the New York Yankees lead the wild card race by two games with the Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, and Toronto Blue Jays all still vying for a spot. In the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers or San Francisco Giants will host the St. Louis Cardinals for the play-in game.

Select regular season MLB games are broadcast nationally, while others are only available on local stations in certain markets. Unfortunately, there’s no simple solution to catch every game, but to help narrow down your options, we compiled the best streaming services you can use to watch some of your favorite MLB stars in action.

MLB wild card race schedule

The final games of the MLB regular season will have heavy implications on playoff seeding in both the AL and NL. Below, we listed the games that will have the greatest impact on the wild card race and playoffs.

Teams Date and time National broadcast/stream
Boston Red Sox at Washington Nationals October 1, 7:05 p.m. ET Local affiliates
Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees October 1, 7:05 p.m. ET YES Network, MLB Network (only out of market)
Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays October 1, 7:07 p.m. ET Local affiliates
San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants October 1, 9:45 p.m. ET Local affiliates
Los Angeles Angels at Seattle Mariners October 1, 10:10 p.m. ET MLB Network (only out of market)
Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers October 1, 10:10 p.m. ET Local affiliates
Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees October 2, 1:05 p.m. ET YES Network, MLB Network (only out of market)
Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays October 2, 3:07 p.m. ET Local affiliates
San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants October 2, 4:05 p.m. ET MLB Network (only out of market)
Boston Red Sox at Washington Nationals October 2, 4:05 p.m. ET ESPN+
Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers October 2, 9:10 p.m. ET Local affiliates
Los Angeles Angels at Seattle Mariners October 2, 9:10 p.m. ET Local affiliates
Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees October 3, 3:05 p.m. ET Local affiliates
San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants October 3, 3:05 p.m. ET Local affiliates
Boston Red Sox at Washington Nationals October 3, 3:05 p.m. ET Local affiliates
Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays October 3, 3:07 p.m. ET Local affiliates
Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers October 3, 3:10 p.m. ET TBS (out of market only)
Los Angeles Angels at Seattle Mariners October 3, 3:10 p.m. ET Local affiliates

How to watch MLB games

The 2021 MLB regular season schedule featured 188 nationally televised games. National games are spread across MLB Network, ESPN, FS1, and Fox. Some games also streamed on YouTube.

If you don’t have cable and you want to stream games playing on these networks, you have a few different options.

DirecTV Stream

DirecTV Stream features Fox, MLB Network, FS1, and ESPN in most of its plans. The cheapest plan with all four channels is the DirecTV Stream Choice plan for $85 a month. The Choice plan also gives you access to several regional sports networks for local games that aren’t broadcast nationally.

DirecTV Stream provides local coverage for 20 of MLB’s 30 teams, according to a spokesperson from the service. You can check to see if DirecTV Stream covers your regional sports network with this lookup tool.

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YouTube TV

One of the most comprehensive options for streaming MLB games is YouTube TV. The service costs $65 a month and includes Fox, FS1, ESPN, and MLB Network, as well as some regional sports networks depending on your area.

YouTube TV also includes an option to watch out-of-market games via the MLB TV add-on for an extra fee. This means you can watch a mix of local games, nationally televised games, and out-of-market games all in one place.

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Sling TV

Another option for MLB games is Sling TV. Sling Blue ($35/month) includes access to Fox (in select markets) and FS1. Sling Orange ($35/month), on the other hand, offers live access to ESPN. You can combine both Sling Blue and Sling Orange for $50 a month. You can also add MLB Network via Sling’s Sports Extra package for an additional $15 a month.

This combo will get you Fox, FS1, ESPN, and MLB Network for $65 a month. Please note that Fox only airs in select markets, primarily in major US cities, via Sling TV.

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Fubo TV

Fubo TV also offers a package that will get you all the channels you need for national MLB games. The streaming service’s Starter plan has over 100 channels, including Fox, FS1, and ESPN. Fubo TV also offers access to MLB Network with its Sports Plus with NFL RedZone add-on for $11 a month. There’s also a few regional sports networks in select areas.

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The best sports streaming services in 2021 for watching live games without cable

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Whether you want to watch the latest football games, soccer matches, or UFC fights, there’s a streaming service for your needs. That said, it’s important to keep in mind which sports and networks matter most to you when selecting an app.

Some platforms are great for watching specific events, while other options give members access to a wider range of channels with many different sports.

With various budgets in mind, we selected the best streaming services you can sign up for to watch live sports across a variety of devices.

Here are the best streaming services for sports:

Sling TV

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Sling TV is one of the most affordable services with live sports networks, but it’s missing ABC and CBS.

Sling TV is a live TV streaming service with two main plans: Sling Blue and Sling Orange. The channel selection differs between them, though some networks are shared by both.

If you want to watch live sports on NBC or Fox networks, Sling Blue is your best option. Local channel availability can vary by location, so be sure to check Sling’s website first to see if these channels are offered in your market. Sling Blue also includes access to the NFL Network.

Meanwhile, Sling Orange ditches NBC, Fox, and NFL Network, but adds ESPN, ESPN 2, and ESPN 3 instead. To get the best of both worlds, we recommend combining both plans for $50 a month.

If you want even more channels, Sling TV offers a Sports Extra add-on for an additional $11/month. Again, the channel selection differs depending on whether you have the Blue or Orange plan, but stations like NBA Network, NHL Network, and MLB Network are included with both options.

Even with the extra add-on fee, Sling ends up being one of the most affordable ways to stream cable channels with live sports. On the downside, it’s missing support for local CBS and ABC stations.

For more information about Sling TV, check out our full list of Sling channels and packages.

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YouTube TV

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YouTube TV’s base plan includes sports channels that other services charge extra for.

YouTube TV‘s base plan starts at $65 a month and includes access to multiple channels that broadcast live sports, such as ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and ESPN. In addition, YouTube TV is one of the only services that includes channels like MLB Network and NBA TV as part of its standard plan.

Subscribers who want even more channels should check out the Sports Plus add-on that costs $11/month. This bundle has a one-week free trial and includes access to NFL RedZone, Fox College Sports, Fox Soccer Plus, and more. For the best video quality, you can also add the 4K Plus add-on for $10/month. This option lets you stream select content on ESPN, Fox Sports, and NBC Sports in 4K.

Insider’s review of YouTube TV considered the platform’s live sports options to be the best part of the subscription. In addition, we found the process of recording live games to be very straightforward.

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FuboTV

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Fubo TV is sports streaming service that provides live coverage of NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS and international soccer, plus sports-related news, television, and movies.

Fubo TV features a big selection of sports channels, but it doesn’t carry Turner networks like TNT and TBS.

FuboTV is another fantastic streaming service for watching live sports. The exact number of stations you get varies by location, but the Starter plan costs $65 a month for over 100 channels. This package includes access to ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN, NFL Network, and more.

It even includes access to college sports channels like Big Ten Network and SEC without the need for an add-on. If you crave more networks, you can get even more channels with the Elite plan. For a total of $80 a month, this option adds over 40 channels to the lineup, including MLB Network, NBA TV, and ESPN U. 

For an extra $11 a month you can also add the Sports Plus package. Some of the channels are already included if you opt for the Elite plan, but the main attraction is NFL RedZone.

The Latino Quarterly plan is a good choice for Spanish-speaking sports fans. This plan costs $99 every three months and has access to live TV channels like beIN Sports, Fox Deportes, and ESPN Deportes.

Check out our full breakdown of FuboTV plans and a la carte packages.

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Hulu + Live TV

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Hulu + Live TV has popular live sports in addition to Hulu’s entire on-demand library of movies and shows.

If you want a single subscription that includes access to live sports and a huge catalog of on-demand entertainment, Hulu + Live TV is your best choice. Live TV plans start at $65/month and include essential broadcast channels for watching sports, like ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. With over 75 channels, including ESPN, NFL Network, and SEC Network, you can always find something exciting to stream on Hulu + Live TV.

Hulu + Live TV does not have as many add-on options as YouTube TV, but their Sports add-on includes NFL RedZone and only costs $10/month. Also, Spanish speakers can watch channels like ESPN Deportes and FOX Deportes for an additional $5/month with the Español add-on.

Though Hulu + Live TV offers many of the same sports channels as YouTube TV, there are a few exceptions. If you want to watch NBA TV, MLB Network, or MLB Game of the Week, then YouTube TV is a better choice.

Hulu + Live TV stands out from other sports streaming services by giving members access to thousands of hours of on-demand entertainment. Whether you’re planning a movie night or need a new series to binge-watch, the expansive Hulu catalog is a worthwhile supplement to the live TV channels.

For more information about plans, prices, and channels, check out our full breakdown of Hulu.

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Paramount Plus

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Paramount Plus is a budget-friendly streaming option for people who just want to watch CBS sports.

Members of Paramount Plus Premium get access to local CBS streaming so they can watch any games broadcast on that channel. In most markets, football fans can watch numerous regular and postseason NFL games, in addition to SEC games. 

Even though Paramount Plus does not include access to NBA basketball games, the 2021 NCAA March Madness tournament was aired on the streaming service. Future iterations of the college basketball tournament may be available on Paramount Plus as well.

Other notable sporting events that stream on Paramount Plus include the PGA Tour, PGA Championship, UEFA club matches, and National Women’s Soccer League matches.

Paramount Plus has two basic plans: the ad-supported Essential plan for $5 a month and the ad-free Premium plan for $10 a month. Only members who subscribe to the Premium plan get access to their local CBS station. That said, NFL games being broadcast in your market are also included with the cheaper Essential plan.

For more information, check out our full breakdown of Paramount Plus.

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ESPN+

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ESPN+ is a perfect fit for fans of soccer, baseball, UFC, and sports documentaries.

ESPN+ does not offer access to the live ESPN channel, but members do get access to select live sports and exclusive events. Most notably, the service streams select NHL, MLB, and college football games. 

Fans of Major League Soccer should also consider ESPN+. Every out-of-market match is available to stream live on the service. 

ESPN+ is also the best way to watch UFC. Subscribers get access to every UFC Fight Night event, and members can pay $70 per event for exclusive access to UFC pay-per-view matches.

In addition to certain live sports, ESPN+ members get access to docuseries like “30 for 30,” original programming, and replays of classic football games. On the downside, the service does not feature any live NFL or NBA games.

While ESPN+ does not offer a free trial, the streaming service is included as part of the Disney Bundle. If you want more entertainment to watch, this bundle includes ESPN+, Disney Plus, and ad-supported Hulu for $14/month. 

For more information, check out our full breakdown of ESPN+.

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Peacock Premium

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Peacock Premium is an affordable way to watch Sunday Night Football and WWE events.

In contrast to streaming services like Sling TV and YouTube TV, Peacock does not offer any live networks that you’d get with cable. Instead, Peacock has its own selection of live sports. This service is a good fit for viewers who want to save money and only care about watching certain sporting events.

Peacock Premium members have access to live events like NFL Sunday Night Football and the Premier League. In addition, Peacock is also the streaming home to WWE. Members get access to all WWE PPV events as part of a Premium subscription.

Peacock Premium no longer offers a free trial, but members can save money by signing up for an annual plan. For a yearly subscription, Peacock Premium costs $50 and Peacock Premium Plus costs $100. This is 20% less than the monthly subscription rates.

If you want more information, we broke down everything you need to know about Peacock.

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DAZN

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DAZN is a perfect fit for fans of boxing, but it doesn’t offer other sports.

If you want to watch the latest boxing fights, DAZN is a good choice. DAZN has exclusive, live fight nights and an archive of past events featuring fighters like Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Trying to pass the time between fight nights? The DAZN catalog has behind-the-scenes documentaries that follow boxers as they prepare for their next big matchup. DAZN also conveniently groups its on-demand content by fighter. Whether your favorite is Canelo Alvarez or Ryan Garcia, you can easily find the video you want to watch.

DAZN might expand their lineup of live sports in the future, but right now the service is uniquely focused on boxing fight nights and excels in that category.

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Sports channel availability by service

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Live sports are broadcast across many different cable networks and it can be tricky to figure out which services carry the station you want to watch.

To make things easier, we rounded up some key sports channels, below, along with details on where you can stream them.

Channel Sling TV YouTube TV Hulu + Live TV Fubo TV
ABC X
CBS X
NBC
Fox
Fox Sports
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ESPN
TNT X
TBS X
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NBA TV ✓* X ✓*
NHL Network ✓* X X ✓*
MLB Network ✓* X ✓*

*Channel requires an upgraded plan or add-on package.

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How to watch live TV on Hulu – plans start at $65 a month and include more than 75 channels

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Hulu + Live TV combines Hulu’s on-demand service with live streaming channels.

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Hulu is well known for it’s on-demand library of shows and movies, but the streaming service also gives members the option to add live TV networks, like ESPN and Food Network, to their subscription. Hulu + Live TV plans start at $65 a month and include over 75 channels. As part of a limited-time deal, you can get your first three months for a discounted rate of $55 a month.

Instead of waiting until the next day to watch new episodes of “The Voice” or “Saturday Night Live,” Hulu + Live TV gives you the chance to watch shows as they air. There’s also a way to bundle Disney Plus and ESPN+ for $8 more a month.

Hulu + Live TV is a convenient alternative to cable and satellite packages that can cost more and often lock you into annual contracts.

How much does Hulu + Live TV cost?

Hulu Basic + Live TV starts at $65 a month. This plan includes ad-supported access to Hulu’s entire streaming catalog and over 75 live channels. If you sign up before October 29, you can get your first three months of service for a reduced price of $55 a month.

Meanwhile, if you want ad-free access to Hulu’s on-demand catalog in addition to live TV streaming, you need to upgrade to Hulu Premium + Live TV for $71 a month. It’s important to note, however, that even with the Hulu Premium + Live TV option, you’ll still have to sit through ads during live TV streams. After all, it’s live TV, and there are commercials.

Hulu + Live TV plan Price
Hulu Basic + Live TV $65/month
Hulu Premium + Live TV $71/month
Hulu Basic + Live TV, Disney Plus, and ESPN+ bundle: $73/month
Hulu Premium + Live TV, Disney Plus, and ESPN+ bundle: $79/month

Hulu + Live TV includes up to 50 hours of DVR storage and the ability to rewind shows. There’s also an upgrade available for an additional $10 a month that offers 200 hours of DVR storage.

You can add a number of premium channels to your Hulu + Live TV subscription for an extra monthly fee, as well. Premium options include HBO Max ($15 a month), Showtime ($11 a month), Cinemax ($10 a month), and Starz ($9 a month). You can check Hulu’s website for a full list of premium channels.

What channels come with Hulu + Live TV?

Hulu + Live TV offers more than 75 channels. The lineup features local networks in many markets, including ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. You can check Hulu’s website to see a full list of what’s available in your area.

Hulu also has live sports, news, and entertainment via major networks like ESPN, NBCSN, FX, CNN, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, Bravo, History, Discovery, Food Network, and more. The streaming service added access to more channels in 2021, too, including ViacomCBS networks like Nickelodeon, MTV, and Comedy Central.

How do I sign up for Hulu + Live TV?

If you’re not already subscribed to one of Hulu’s on-demand plans, signing up for Hulu + Live TV is a simple process. Here’s a rundown of how to sign up:

  1. Visit the Hulu + Live TV website.
  2. Click on the sign-up link and enter your info to make an account.
  3. Provide a credit card number or use a PayPal account for payment.
  4. New members will receive a free seven-day trial and $10 off their first three months.
  5. After your first three months, you’ll be billed the regular $65 monthly fee.

If you’re already an existing subscriber to one of Hulu’s on-demand plans, upgrading to the Hulu + Live TV service is also very simple.

  1. Visit the Hulu website and log in to your account.
  2. Hover over the account icon at the top right of the page.
  3. Click on “Account” and select the “Manage Plan” option.
  4. Choose the Hulu + Live TV plan of your choice.

Can I get Hulu + Live TV with the Disney Plus and ESPN+ bundle?

Hulu Basic, Premium, and Live + TV plans are available as part of a discounted bundle with Disney Plus and ESPN+.

Though the version of Hulu included with the bundle directly from Disney is the ad-supported, on-demand plan, you can sign up for the bundle with the other Hulu plans through Hulu’s website. You can also sign up for Hulu + Live TV and then upgrade to the bundle to save. Here’s how:

  1. Sign up for Hulu + Live TV ($65/month).
  2. Navigate to the “Manage Your Account” section on the Hulu website.
  3. Select “Manage Plan” and scroll down to the “Packages” section.
  4. Choose the Disney Bundle with Hulu + Live TV ($73/month) or the Disney Bundle with Hulu Premium + Live TV ($79/month).
  5. Make sure to use the same email address you use for your Hulu account when you activate the Disney Plus bundle.
  6. You will have new Disney Plus and ESPN+ accounts but will continue to be billed separately for your Hulu + Live TV subscription.
  7. You will end up saving about $6 a month with the bundle versus paying for each service separately.

What devices can I stream Hulu + Live TV on?

Most smart TVs and media players come with the Hulu app already installed, so once you sign up online you’ll be able to stream instantly.

You can find full list of devices that support Hulu + Live TV on Hulu’s website.

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UFC 266 features 2 title matches and the return of Nick Diaz – here’s how to watch live on September 25

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Alexander Volkanovski will defend his featherweight title at UFC 266.

  • Alexander Volkanovski and Valentina Shevchenko defend their championship belts at UFC 266 on Saturday.
  • Fan-favorite fighter Nick Diaz returns to the octagon after six years to face Robbie Lawler.
  • The UFC 266 main card costs $70 and requires an ESPN+ subscription for $7 a month or $70 a year.

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UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski will fight Brian Ortega, and Valentina Shevchenko will defend the women’s flyweight belt against Lauren Murphy in the co-main event matches of UFC 266. The pay-per-view (PPV) event will stream live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on September 25, with the main card starting at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

UFC fan favorite and former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz will return to the UFC octagon for the first time in more than six years to fight middleweight Robbie Lawler at UFC 266. Diaz and Lawler fought 17 years ago at UFC 47, where Diaz finished Lawler with a second-round knockout.

Lawler has remained active in UFC but lost his last four fights dating back to 2017. Diaz versus Lawler will be the second non-main event or title fight scheduled for five rounds in UFC history.

The UFC 266 main card costs $70 and requires an ESPN+ subscription for $7 a month or $70 a year. ESPN is also offering a deal price of $89.98 for UFC 266 and one year of ESPN+; a 30% discount.

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Early Prelims – 6 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. PT on UFC Fight Pass

  • Jonathan Pearce versus Omar Antonio Morales Ferrer [Featherweight]
  • Matthew Semelsberger versus Martin Sano [Welterweight]
  • Cody Brundage versus Nick Maximov [Middleweight]
  • Uros Medic versus Jalin Turner [Lightweight]

Prelims – 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT on ESPN+ and ESPN News

  • Roxanne Modafferi versus Taila Santos [Women’s flyweight]
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov versus Chris Daukaus [Heavyweight]
  • Dan Hooker versus Nasrat Haqparast [Lightweight]
  • Marlon Moraes versus Merab Dvalishvili [Bantamweight]

Main Card – 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT on ESPN+ for $70

  • Jessica Andrade versus Cynthia Calvillo [Women’s flyweight]
  • Curtis Blaydes versus Jairzinho Rozenstruik [Heavyweight]
  • Nick Diaz versus Robbie Lawler [Middleweight]
  • Valentina Shevchenko versus Lauren Murphy [Women’s flyweight title match]
  • Alexander Volkanovski versus Brian Ortega [Featherweight title match]

How to watch UFC 266

You can watch the main event of UFC 266 live on ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET on September 25. The event is separated into three portions: the early prelims, the prelims, and the main card.

The early prelims start at 6 p.m. ET and are only available to UFC Fight Pass subscribers. The prelims begin at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and the ESPNews cable channel. The main card is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET and is an ESPN+ exclusive PPV event.

This means you have to subscribe to the ESPN+ streaming service before you’re able to purchase UFC 266. An ESPN+ membership costs $7 a month or $70 a year. The UFC 266 PPV event requires a one-time fee of $70 on top of your ESPN+ subscription.

You can access the ESPN+ app on all major mobile and streaming devices, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Xbox One, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, and more.

Ways to save on UFC 266

If you plan on signing up for ESPN+ to watch UFC 266, you can take advantage of a discounted package.

New subscribers can purchase a year-long ESPN+ membership with access to UFC 266 included for a total of $89.98. That’s about 35% off the regular combined price of an annual plan and a PPV match. Following your first year of service, ESPN+ will then renew for the regular annual price of $70.

Bundle the next UFC PPV with an ESPN+ Annual Plan to save over 30%

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How to watch college football without cable – the 2021 season continues with new matchups on September 25

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Notre Dame’s college football team faces off against Wisconsin on September 25.

  • The 2021 NCAA college football season began on August 28 and runs through December.
  • Games are broadcast on local stations, national networks, and college sports channels.
  • You can watch select college football matches without cable via live TV streaming services like Sling TV.

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The 2021 NCAA college football season kicked off in late August and will continue through December. Playoffs occur after the regular season ends, and the championship game is currently scheduled for January 10.

As we enter Week Four, several exciting matchups are set for September 25. Most notably, Notre Dame faces Wisconsin at 12 p.m. ET on Fox, and Texas A&M takes on Arkansas at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

College football games are primarily broadcast in one of three ways: on local channels, on cable networks, or on college sports networks. Select games will also be available to stream via ESPN+.

Below, we broke down some of the best ways to watch college football without cable, so you can stay up to date with your favorite teams.

How to watch college football without cable

You can watch local college football games for free by using an HDTV antenna. In order to watch games that are broadcast on pay-TV or college sports networks, you need a subscription to a streaming service like Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, or YouTube TV.

The core local channels with access to college football games are ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. National stations like ESPN, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), and CBSSN broadcast select college football games. Additional games are available through college sports networks such as the ACC Network, Big Ten Network, and SEC Network.

The number of channels that broadcast college football games can be a little overwhelming, so we put together a list featuring some of the best ways to stream games without a cable subscription.

Here’s a roundup of services you can use to watch college football without cable:

HDTV Antenna

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If your main concern is rooting for your local college football team, an HDTV antenna is one of the most affordable options. A one-time purchase of an inexpensive antenna unlocks access to over-the-air (OTA) signals near you, and allows you to stream any available local affiliates of ABC, CBS, Fox, or NBC. 

An HDTV antenna is a great, budget-friendly option for streaming local games and does not require any monthly subscription. The major downside is that it doesn’t give you access to games broadcast on cable channels like ESPN or out-of-market games.

What college football channels you can get: 

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • Fox
  • NBC

Sling TV

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Sling TV is one of the most affordable live TV streaming services with access to college football games. Sling’s two core plans, Orange and Blue, start at just $35 a month. If you want to watch games broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2, then Sling Orange is a great choice. Looking for the college football games airing on FS1 and NBC? Then Sling Blue is the best plan for you. 

Sling also offers a bundle option that combines all the channels from the Orange and Blue plan for just $50 a month. New customers to Sling TV currently receive $25 off their first month of service to the Orange or Blue plans, and $30 off their first month of the combined plan.

For an extra $11 a month, you can add access to college sports channels like the Big Ten Network and the SEC Network with the Sports Plus add-on package.

What college football channels you can get: 

Sling Orange:

  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • Stadium
  • ACC Network*
  • ACC Network Extra*
  • ESPNU*
  • SEC Network*
  • SEC Network+*
  • Pac-12 Network*

Sling Blue:

  • NBC
  • Fox
  • FS1
  • Stadium
  • Pac-12 Network*
  • Big Ten Network*

*Available as an add-on channel

Hulu with Live TV

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If you want to get access to a vast library of movies, TV shows, and originals with your live TV subscription service, Hulu + Live TV could be a great fit for your needs. A subscription to Hulu + Live TV starts at $65 a month. 

With Hulu + Live TV, you get access to available local affiliate channels, like ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. You also unlock many important broadcast channels for watching nationally televised college football games such as ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, and more. 

Unlike Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV includes access to the SEC Network and ESPNU in their basic subscription plan.

What college football channels you can get: 

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • NBC
  • Fox
  • CBSSN
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • ACC Network
  • Big Ten Network
  • SEC Network

YouTube TV

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As a live TV streaming service, YouTube TV includes many of the same features as Hulu + Live TV without the vast catalog of on-demand entertainment. A subscription to YouTube TV starts at $65 a month.

The channels available with a YouTube TV subscription closely mirror what is offered through Hulu + Live TV. You get access to local affiliates and all the important cable channels like ESPN, FS1, and CBSSN. 

Similar to Hulu + Live TV, college sports channels, such as the SEC Network, Big Ten Network, and ESPNU are included as part of the base plan for YouTube TV. The one main difference between the two services is that you can purchase a Sports Plus add-on for YouTube TV that costs $11 a month and includes the Stadium College Sports channel.

What college football channels you can get: 

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • NBC
  • Fox
  • CBSSN
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • ACC Network
  • Big Ten Network
  • SEC Network

FuboTV

FuboTV

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FuboTV is another quality live TV streaming service with access to college football games. Starting at $65 a month, the streaming service has the same basic rate as Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV.

You can watch games that air on local affiliate channels and core broadcast channels with FuboTV. The streaming service offers certain college sports channels in its base plan, like the Big Ten Network and CBS Sports Network, but the options are more limited than what is offered through Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV.

Certain channels with college football games, such as the ACC Network, SEC Network, and ESPNU, are available in add-on packages for FuboTV.

What college football channels you can get: 

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • NBC
  • Fox
  • CBSSN
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU*
  • FS1
  • ACC Network*
  • Big Ten Network
  • SEC Network*
  • Pac-12 Network*
  • Stadium*

*Available as an add-on channel

Paramount Plus

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If your main concern is watching the SEC football games airing on CBS, then Paramount Plus is a great streaming service for you. Plans for Paramount Plus start at $5 a month and include access to the college football games broadcast on CBS.

You also get thousands of hours of on-demand movies, TV shows, and original content with a subscription to Paramount Plus.

 

ESPN+

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ESPN+ doesn’t give you access to the ESPN channel, but for $7 a month, you can live stream select college football games from the MVFC, Ohio Valley, Southern Conference, and more. 

This is a great supplemental streaming service if you want to watch more niche college football games that are often not nationally broadcast.

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ESPN has a bundle deal with UFC 266 and an annual ESPN+ subscription – here’s how to save 35% in time for Saturday’s fight

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Valentina Shevchenko will defend the UFC women’s flyweight championship at UFC 266.

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UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will defend their titles in the co-main event of UFC 266 on September 25 in Las Vegas. Nick Diaz will also return to UFC after a six-year hiatus to fight Robbie Lawler.

The main card of UFC 266 is an ESPN+ exclusive and costs $70 in addition to an ESPN+ membership. ESPN+ normally costs $7 a month or $70 for an annual subscription, but new subscribers coming in for UFC 266 can get a 35% discount if they bundle the PPV event with one year of service.

With the deal, you’ll pay $89.98 for UFC 266 and a full year of ESPN+. Without the deal, that combination would cost $14o.

The bundle also presents a good alternative for people who might be thinking of signing up for a monthly ESPN+ plan just to watch the PPV. If you sign up for one month of ESPN+ and buy UFC 266, it will cost you $77. The bundle deal gives you 11 more months of ESPN+ for only $13 more.

After a year, your ESPN+ subscription will renew at the normal $70 a year price unless you cancel it. Check out our full ESPN+ breakdown for more info about what’s included with the service.

If you’re looking for more details on UFC 266 and upcoming events, our Insider combat sports correspondent Alan Dawson is always following the latest news, rumors, and results.

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How to watch the 2021 US Open tennis championships – Novak Djokovic competes for a calendar-year Grand Slam

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Novak Djokovic already won three major tennis tournaments in 2021.

  • The 2021 US Open started on August 30 and concludes on September 12.
  • Novak Djokovic is competing to secure his fourth major tennis tournament win of the year.
  • Matches will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2; you can also stream up to 16 live courts with ESPN+.

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The 2021 US Open tennis tournament began on August 30 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York. Following a series of matches and elimination rounds, the singles finals will be held on September 11 and 12 to determine this year’s champions.

US Open matches are being broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2 with over 130 hours of live coverage. If you don’t already have a pay-TV provider with these channels, you can stream up to 16 live courts from the tournament through ESPN+.

After winning Wimbledon, the Australian Open, and the French Open, Novak Djokovic could secure his fourth major tournament win of the year at the US Open. This impressive feat is called a calendar-year Grand Slam. The last men’s singles tennis player to win all four major tournaments in one year was Rod Laver in 1969.

Winning matches against Holger Rune and Tallon Griekspoor, Djokovic advanced to the third round of the US Open where he will face off against Kei Nishikori.

On August 25, Serena Williams posted on Instagram that she would be withdrawing from this year’s US Open due to a torn hamstring. Williams’ announcement follows similar Instagram posts from Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal sharing that they would also sit out from the competition.

How to watch the US Open tournament

To watch the US Open, you need access to the ESPN and ESPN2 networks, or the ESPN+ and ESPN3 streaming services.

If you don’t already have a pay-TV provider, ESPN+ is the most affordable way to stream up to 16 live courts from the 2021 US Open. ESPN+ promises live action from multiple feeds throughout each day of the competition, but it’s not yet clear exactly which matches will be streamed. In addition to live coverage of the tennis tournament, ESPN+ subscribers get access to other sporting events and on-demand content.

The base plan for ESPN+ costs $7 a month. The streaming service can be bundled with Hulu and Disney Plus for $14 a month. The bundle saves you $7 a month. For more information, check out Insider’s full breakdown of ESPN+.

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To watch the US Open on cable, you’ll need access to ESPN and ESPN2. Select tennis matches and replays will also stream on ESPN3, which is free with most internet providers. ESPN channels are available through many pay-TV providers, as well as numerous live TV streaming services like Sling TV, FuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV.

Of those live TV streaming services, the cheapest way to watch the US Open is with a Sling Orange subscription. This plan costs $35 a month and features over 30 channels, including ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3. New members can receive their first month for only $10.

When it comes to the pricier options, Hulu + Live TV includes ESPN and ESPN2 as part of its base plan with over 75 channels for $65 a month. FuboTV’s Starter Plan includes ESPN, ESPN2, and over 100 additional channels for $65 a month. For the same monthly rate, YouTube TV offers ESPN, ESPN2, and more than 85 channels. All three streaming services offer free trial periods for new members.

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2021 US Open schedule

Naomi Osaka competing in red at the Tokyo Olympics.
Naomi Osaka will defend her title as the reigning US Open women’s singles champion.

September 3

Event Time Where to watch
Live coverage from up to 16 courts 11 a.m. ET ESPN+, ESPN3
Third round 12 p.m. ET ESPN
Third round 6 p.m. ET ESPN2

September 4

Event Time Where to watch
Live coverage from up to 16 courts 11 a.m. ET ESPN+, ESPN3
Third round 11 a.m. ET ESPN2
Primetime third round coverage 7 p.m. ET ESPN2

September 5

Event Time Where to watch
Live coverage from up to 16 courts 11 a.m. ET ESPN+, ESPN3
Round of 16 11 a.m. ET ESPN
Primetime round of 16 coverage 7 p.m. ET ESPN2

September 6

Event Time Where to watch
Live coverage from up to 16 courts 11 a.m. ET ESPN+, ESPN3
Round of 16 11 a.m. ET ESPN2
Primetime round of 16 coverage 7 p.m. ET ESPN2

September 7

Event Time Where to watch
Live coverage from up to 16 courts 11 a.m. ET ESPN+, ESPN3
Quarterfinals 12 p.m. ET ESPN
Primetime quarterfinals coverage 7 p.m. ET ESPN

September 8

Event Time Where to watch
Live coverage from up to 16 courts 11 a.m. ET ESPN+, ESPN3
Quarterfinals 12 p.m. ET ESPN
Primetime quarterfinals coverage 7 p.m. ET ESPN 2

September 9

Event Time Where to watch
Live coverage from up to 12 courts 12 p.m. ET ESPN+, ESPN3
Women’s semifinals 7 p.m. ET ESPN

September 10

Event Time Where to watch
Live coverage from up to 12 courts 12 p.m. ET ESPN+, ESPN3
Men’s doubles championship 12 p.m. ET ESPN2
Men’s semifinals 3 p.m. ET ESPN
Men’s semifinals 7 p.m. ET ESPN

September 11

Event Time Where to watch
Live coverage from up to 12 courts 12 p.m. ET ESPN+, ESPN3
Mixed doubles championship 12 p.m. ET ESPN3
Women’s championship 4 p.m. ET ESPN

September 12

Event Time Where to watch
Live coverage from up to 12 courts 12 p.m. ET ESPN+, ESPN3
Women’s doubles championship 1 p.m. ET ESPN2
Men’s championship 4 p.m. ET ESPN
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How to watch college football without cable – the 2021 season continues with Georgia vs. Clemson and other exciting matchups on September 4

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  • The 2021 NCAA college football season began on August 28 and runs through December.
  • Games are broadcast on local channels, national networks, and college sports networks.
  • You can watch select college football matches without cable via live TV streaming services like Sling TV.

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Fire up those portable grills, grab some ice for the cooler, and find a good tailgating spot, because college football is back. The 2021 NCAA college football season kicked off on August 28 and continues through December. Playoffs occur after the regular season ends, and the championship game is currently scheduled for January 10.

On September 4, major college football matchups include Alabama vs. Miami at 3:30 p.m. ET and Georgia vs. Clemson at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

College football games are primarily broadcast in one of three ways: on local channels, on cable networks, or on college sports networks. Select games will also be available to stream via ESPN+.

We’ve broken down some of the best ways to watch college football without cable, so you can stay up to date with your favorite teams.

How to watch college football without cable

You can watch local college football games for free by using an HDTV antenna. In order to watch games that are broadcast on pay-TV or college sports networks, you need a subscription to a streaming service like Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, or YouTube TV.

The core local channels with access to college football games are ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. National stations like ESPN, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), and CBSSN broadcast select college football games. Additional games are available through college sports networks such as the ACC Network, Big Ten Network, and SEC Network.

The number of channels that broadcast college football games can be a little overwhelming, so we put together a list featuring some of the best ways to stream games without a cable subscription.

Here’s a roundup of services you can use to watch college football without cable:

HDTV Antenna

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If your main concern is rooting for your local college football team, an HDTV antenna is one of the most affordable options. A one-time purchase of an inexpensive antenna unlocks access to over-the-air (OTA) signals near you, and allows you to stream any available local affiliates of ABC, CBS, Fox, or NBC. 

An HDTV antenna is a great, budget-friendly option for streaming local games and does not require any monthly subscription. The major downside is that it doesn’t give you access to games broadcast on cable channels like ESPN or out-of-market games.

What college football channels you can get: 

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • Fox
  • NBC

Sling TV

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Sling TV is one of the most affordable live TV streaming services with access to college football games. Sling’s two core plans, Orange and Blue, start at just $35 a month. If you want to watch games broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2, then Sling Orange is a great choice. Looking for the college football games airing on FS1 and NBC? Then Sling Blue is the best plan for you. 

Sling also offers a bundle option that combines all the channels from the Orange and Blue plan for just $50 a month. New customers to Sling TV currently receive $25 off their first month of service to the Orange or Blue plans, and $30 off their first month of the combined plan.

For an extra $11 a month, you can add access to college sports channels like the Big Ten Network and the SEC Network with the Sports Plus add-on package.

What college football channels you can get: 

Sling Orange:

  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • Stadium
  • ACC Network*
  • ACC Network Extra*
  • ESPNU*
  • SEC Network*
  • SEC Network+*
  • Pac-12 Network*

Sling Blue:

  • NBC
  • Fox
  • FS1
  • Stadium
  • Pac-12 Network*
  • Big Ten Network*

*Available as an add-on channel

Hulu with Live TV

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If you want to get access to a vast library of movies, TV shows, and originals with your live TV subscription service, Hulu + Live TV could be a great fit for your needs. A subscription to Hulu + Live TV starts at $65 a month. 

With Hulu + Live TV, you get access to available local affiliate channels, like ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. You also unlock many important broadcast channels for watching nationally televised college football games such as ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, and more. 

Unlike Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV includes access to the SEC Network and ESPNU in their basic subscription plan.

What college football channels you can get: 

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • NBC
  • Fox
  • CBSSN
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • ACC Network
  • Big Ten Network
  • SEC Network

YouTube TV

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As a live TV streaming service, YouTube TV includes many of the same features as Hulu + Live TV without the vast catalog of on-demand entertainment. A subscription to YouTube TV starts at $65 a month.

The channels available with a YouTube TV subscription closely mirror what is offered through Hulu + Live TV. You get access to local affiliates and all the important cable channels like ESPN, FS1, and CBSSN. 

Similar to Hulu + Live TV, college sports channels, such as the SEC Network, Big Ten Network, and ESPNU are included as part of the base plan for YouTube TV. The one main difference between the two services is that you can purchase a Sports Plus add-on for YouTube TV that costs $11 a month and includes the Stadium College Sports channel.

What college football channels you can get: 

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • NBC
  • Fox
  • CBSSN
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • ACC Network
  • Big Ten Network
  • SEC Network

FuboTV

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FuboTV is another quality live TV streaming service with access to college football games. Starting at $65 a month, the streaming service has the same basic rate as Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV.

You can watch games that air on local affiliate channels and core broadcast channels with FuboTV. The streaming service offers certain college sports channels in its base plan, like the Big Ten Network and CBS Sports Network, but the options are more limited than what is offered through Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV.

Certain channels with college football games, such as the ACC Network, SEC Network, and ESPNU, are available in add-on packages for FuboTV.

What college football channels you can get: 

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • NBC
  • Fox
  • CBSSN
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU*
  • FS1
  • ACC Network*
  • Big Ten Network
  • SEC Network*
  • Pac-12 Network*
  • Stadium*

*Available as an add-on channel

Paramount Plus

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If your main concern is watching the SEC football games airing on CBS, then Paramount Plus is a great streaming service for you. Plans for Paramount Plus start at $5 a month and include access to the college football games broadcast on CBS.

You also get thousands of hours of on-demand movies, TV shows, and original content with a subscription to Paramount Plus.

 

ESPN+

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ESPN+ doesn’t give you access to the ESPN channel, but for $7 a month, you can live stream select college football games from the MVFC, Ohio Valley, Southern Conference, and more. 

This is a great supplemental streaming service if you want to watch more niche college football games that are often not nationally broadcast.

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ESPN is reportedly looking to license its brand for at least $3 billion amid a boom in the sports-betting industry

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  • ESPN is looking to license its brand for at least $3 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported.
  • This means an opportunity for approved sports-betting companies to use the ESPN brand.
  • The sports TV network is now in discussion with firms including Caesars Entertainment and DraftKings, sources told WSJ.
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Walt Disney‘s ESPN is looking to license its brand for at least $3 billion over the course of several years amid a boom in the sports-betting industry, The Wall Street Journal first reported.

This means an opportunity for approved sports-betting companies to use the ESPN brand and the possibility of renaming their sportsbooks after the television network, sources told WSJ. There is, however, no guarantee the sports-media giant will ever close a deal.

ESPN is now in discussion with firms including casino operator Caesars Entertainment and online gambling company DraftKings, sources told WSJ. It currently has existing partnerships with both.

The sports-betting industry in the past months has benefitted from a wave of enthusiasm across the country. This year, around 25 states have introduced legislation to legalize mobile sports betting, while five states have introduced legislation to expand their existing sports betting frameworks.

ESPN, though, has been reluctant in entering the space. Executives do not want to risk having the company directly involved in gambling transactions, according to WSJ.

An instance when direct links could have negative consequences for the company could be seen with DraftKings. Shares of the major sports-betting firm tumbled in June after it was accused of hiding “black market operations” by Hindenburg Research.

Still, the recent initiative ESPN is reportedly exploring may be a win-win situation as it would allow the company to ride the boom without being directly related in the gambling industry.

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