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 playoffs continue with the Division Series on TBS and Fox Sports

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Enrique Hernandez of the Boston Red Sox hits a single during the seventh inning of game four of the 2021 ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park.

  • The 2021 MLB Playoffs continue with the ALDS and NLDS featuring the top eight teams in baseball.
  • Playoff games are broadcast nationally by ESPN, Fox, Fox Sports, TBS, and MLBN.
  • You can also catch out-of-market regular season games through ESPN+ and MLB TV.

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The 2021 MLB Playoffs began with the AL Wild Card game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox on October 5, and the NL Wild Card game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers on October 6.

The Red Sox and Dodgers won their single elimination games, placing them in the Divisional Series against the Tampa Bay Rays and San Francisco Giants, respectively. The Giants and Dodgers were separated by just one game in the NL West standings at the end of the season, and the winner of their series is a favorite to win this year’s World Series.

The Chicago White Sox are facing off against the Houston Astros in the other ALDS series, while the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers will round out the NLDS round of the playoffs.

Every MLB playoff game will be broadcast nationally by Fox Sports 1, TBS, or MLB Network, but you’ll need to subscribe to a cable provider or live TV streaming service like YouTube TV, Sling TV, or DirecTV Stream to watch them all.

MLB divisional round schedule

Teams in the divisional series will play a first-to-three wins format, meaning each series can last for up to five games. The next round of the playoffs and the World Series use a first-to-four win format, allowing for seven game series.

The Boston Red Sox have already eliminated the Tampa Bay Rays in four games in their ALDS series.

Teams Date and time National broadcast/stream
Houston Astros at Chicago White Sox (Game 4) October 12, 2:07 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1
Milwaukee Brewers at Atlanta Braves (Game 4) October 12, 5:15 p.m. ET TBS
San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers (Game 4) October 12, 9:07 p.m. ET TBS
Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros (Game 5 if needed) October 13, 8:07 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1
Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee Brewers (Game 5 if needed) October 14, 5:07 p.m. ET TBS
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants (Game 5 if needed) October 14, 9:07 p.m. ET TBS

Where to watch MLB playoff streams

MLB playoff games are spread across channels like TBS, MLB Network, ESPN, FS1, and Fox. The World Series will be shown only on Fox. If you don’t have cable you can stream these stations with a subscription to a live TV streaming service.

To help narrow down your options, we compiled the best streaming services you can use to watch the MLB playoffs live.

DirecTV Stream

DirecTV Stream features Fox, MLB Network, TBS, FS1, and ESPN in most of its plans. The cheapest plan with all five 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 regular season 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, TBS,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), FS1, and TBS. Sling Orange ($35/month), on the other hand, offers live access to ESPN and TBS. 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, TBS, 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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Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live features several channels with MLB games, including ESPN, Fox, FS1, and TBS. The service costs $65/month ($55/month for your first three months) and includes access to Hulu’s entire on-demand library. That said, Hulu + Live TV is missing MLB Network.

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Fubo TV

Fubo TV also offers a package that will get you most of the channels you need for national MLB games. The streaming service’s Starter plan ($65/month) 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. On the downside, Fubo TV is missing TBS.

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How to watch Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s heavyweight title fight live on October 9

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Tyson Fury punches at Deontay Wilder on his way to winning their second fight in February 2020.

  • Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will fight for the WBC heavyweight title for a third time on October 9.
  • The $80 pay-per-view main event will be broadcast by Fox Sports and ESPN+.
  • The main card starts at 9 p.m. ET, prelims start at 4:30 p.m. ET, and the undercard is at 7 p.m. ET.

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Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will fight for a third time on October 9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Fury’s WBC heavyweight title will be on the line in the main event. The $80 pay-per-view will be broadcast by Fox and ESPN+.

Fury and Wilder last met in February 2020, where Fury won by technical knockout in the seventh round. That fight was Wilder’s only career loss in 44 fights; he previously fought Fury to a split decision in December 2018. Fury remains undefeated with a 30-0-1 record, and originally planned to fight former WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

However, an arbitrator ruled that Wilder had a right to a rematch due to a clause in the contract for his second fight with Fury. Fury vs Wilder 3 was originally planned for July but was postponed after Fury tested positive for COVID-19 weeks before the fight.

The winner will likely challenge Oleksandr Usyk, who defeated Joshua and claimed the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles in September. That fight would decide an undisputed champion in the heavyweight division, a title no fighter has claimed since Lennox Lewis in 2000.

How to watch Fury vs. Wilder 3

To watch the Fury vs. Wilder main event, you need to purchase the $80 pay-per-view fight through Fox Sports or ESPN+. The main card is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET. Undercard fights will air on Fox Sports 1 and ESPN2 starting at 7 p.m. ET.

Ordering the fight though the Fox Sports app won’t carry any additional fees, but watching on ESPN+ requires an additional $7 a month or $70 per year ESPN+ membership. Both apps are available on mobile devices, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Android TV, and Xbox.

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ESPN and Fox Sports cable subscribers can also stream the preliminary fights and undercard without paying the PPV fee or subscribing to ESPN+. Early preliminary fights will begin at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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Tyson Fury goes 7 rounds with Deontay Wilder at the MGM Grand Hotel February 22, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tyson Fury took the win by TKO in the 7th round as the towel was thrown in by the Wilder team for the world heavyweight championship in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Preliminary matches, 4:30 p.m. ET

  • Elvis Rodriguez versus Victor Vazquez, junior welterweight
  • Bruce Carrington versus TBA, featherweight
  • Viktor Faust versus Mike Marshall, heavyweight
  • Robeisy Ramirez versus Orlando Gonzalez, featherweight

Undercard, 7 p.m. ET

  • Edgar Berlanga versus Marcelo Esteban Coceres, super middleweight
  • Julian Williams versus Vladimir Hernandez, junior middleweight

Main card, 9 p.m. ET

  • Jared Anderson versus Vladimir Tereshkin, heavyweight
  • Robert Helenius versus Adam Kownacki, heavyweight
  • Efe Ajagba versus Frank Sanchez, heavyweight
  • Deontay Wilder versus Tyson Fury, WBC heavyweight title fight

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How to watch Major League Baseball playoffs – 4 teams face elimination in the wild card games

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Members of the New York Yankees.

  • The 2021 MLB playoffs begin October 5 with the AL Wild Card game between the Yankees and Red Sox.
  • Playoff games are broadcast nationally on either ESPN, Fox, Fox Sports, TBS, or MLBN.
  • You can also catch out-of-market regular season games through ESPN+ and MLB TV.

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The 2021 Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs begin October 5 with the AL Wild Card game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, followed by the NL Wild Card game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers on October 6.

MLB playoff games are broadcast nationally by Fox Sports 1, Fox, ESPN, TBS, and MLB Network, with different matches set for different stations. You’ll need to subscribe to a cable provider or live TV streaming service like YouTube TV, Sling TV, or DirecTV Stream to watch them all.

ESPN will air the AL Wild Card game live from Boston at 8:08 p.m. ET on October 5; the winner of the single elimination game will then face the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS. If you’re an ESPN cable subscriber you can use your TV provider to log in and stream the game from ESPN.com, or with the ESPN app. The game is not included with ESPN+.

The NL Wild Card game between the Cardinals and Dodgers will air on TBS at 8:10 p.m. ET on October 6. TBS also lets cable subscribers log in with their TV provider to stream via TBS.com or the TBS app.

MLB wild card schedule

The MLB wild card games will be held on October 5 and 6. The League Division Series will then run from October 7 to 14, followed by the League Champion Series from October 15 to 24. The World Series will begin on October 26.

Teams Date and time National broadcast/stream
New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox October 5, 8:08 p.m. ET ESPN
St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers October 6, 8:10 p.m. ET TBS

Where to watch MLB playoff streams

MLB playoff games are spread across channels like TBS, MLB Network, ESPN, FS1, and Fox. The World Series will be shown only on Fox. If you don’t have cable you can stream these stations with a subscription to a live TV streaming service.

To help narrow down your options, we compiled the best streaming services you can use to watch the MLB playoffs live.

DirecTV Stream

DirecTV Stream features Fox, MLB Network, TBS, FS1, and ESPN in most of its plans. The cheapest plan with all five 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 regular season 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, TBS,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), FS1, and TBS. Sling Orange ($35/month), on the other hand, offers live access to ESPN and TBS. 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, TBS, 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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Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live features several channels with MLB games, including ESPN, Fox, FS1, and TBS. The service costs $65/month ($55/month for your first three months) and includes access to Hulu’s entire on-demand library. That said, Hulu + Live TV is missing MLB Network.

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Fubo TV

Fubo TV also offers a package that will get you most of the channels you need for national MLB games. The streaming service’s Starter plan ($65/month) 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. On the downside, Fubo TV is missing TBS.

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

A view of the logo during ESPN The Party on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.
  • 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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A full price breakdown for the ESPN+ sports streaming service

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ESPN+ offers streaming access to live sports and on-demand sports content.

  • ESPN+ costs $7 a month or $70 annually for streaming access to exclusive sports events and programs.
  • The service previously cost $6 a month or $60 a year, but rates were increased on August 13.
  • You can also bundle ESPN+ with Hulu and Disney Plus for $14 a month.

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In 2018, cable sports channel ESPN launched ESPN+, a subscription-based streaming service for sports.

It’s a hybrid service that combines on-demand and live sports video content with an ever-expanding catalog of original shows, documentaries, and news from ESPN Insider, the network’s paid news content.

Here’s a quick rundown of how much the service costs and how much you can save if you choose a bundle package.

How much is ESPN+?

If you just want access to ESPN+, it’ll cost you $7 a month or $70 per year. If you do the math, signing up for a whole year instead of going month-to-month will save you about $14.

When it first launched, ESPN+ cost $5 a month or $50 a year. The rates were increased to $6/month in August 2020, and then increased again to $7/month in August 2021. Current subscribers will see the new pricing reflected on their first bill on or after August 13.

An ESPN+ subscription gets you access to all the video content and ESPN articles in the network’s database, including live and on-demand games that aren’t available to you locally, and even the beloved “30 for 30” sports documentaries.

You also gain the option to watch exclusive UFC fights for an additional fee. Existing members can purchase UFC PPV events for $70. Alternatively, you can sign up for an annual ESPN+ subscription with one UFC PPV event included for a total price of $89.98.

Bundling ESPN+ with Hulu and Disney Plus

If you’re interested in Hulu or Disney Plus, it might be a good idea to take advantage of a bundle for $14 a month.

The bundle includes ESPN+, the regular version of Hulu with ads, which costs $6 a month, and Disney Plus, which costs $8 a month. The $14 monthly bundle is a good value as it saves you $7 each month. You can also upgrade to other versions of Hulu for an additional fee.

If you’re a current subscriber to one of the services, you can upgrade to the discounted bundle here without having to cancel your existing subscription.

Watching ads on Hulu isn’t the worst thing to happen, though, especially since there are so many good shows to catch, and Disney Plus is arguably one of the best streaming services.

Is there a free ESPN+ trial?

Previously, there was a free trial to test out ESPN+ but it’s no longer on the table. If it becomes available again, we’ll update this post.

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