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How to watch live sports over the internet

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While cutting the cord is an obvious choice for many people, it can be a tough decision for sports fans, as they must learn how to watch live sports without traditional pay-TV. This task can be more difficult than finding a regular TV show to stream, but it is far from impossible. Ultimately, if you want the best sports content, you will likely have to pay at least a minimal cost. However, there are plenty of free sites as well as solid sites with free trials so you can assess a platform before you pay for it. You can dive right in and cheer on your favorite teams and athletes without a financial commitment – at least not before your free trial is over.

Solid broadband connection

Before you start streaming, it is absolutely imperative you have a solid broadband connection AND a good wireless router. There are many fantastic router options—so much that it can be overwhelming—so we have already outlined a list of the top wireless routers here

Once you’ve got good Internet and a nice router, you can check out the list below for tips and instructions for streaming your favorite sports.

The NFL playoffs

There are several ways to watch the NFL playoffs. You can get a free 7 day trial with Fubo as well as Hulu and YouTubeTV. This obviously means you’ll have to pay some money to continue using the services beyond the first week, but you can certainly watch a lot of football in that first week.

Superbowl LIV

The 54th Super Bowl will decide the league champion for the league’s 2019 and 100th season. The game is scheduled to be played on February 2, 2020, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The NFL offers a live stream service called NFL Gamepass which will not only have the game but also great background and content about the game.  Also, Hulu, SlingTV, and Fubo offer free trial periods and offer the channels that carry the game. YouTubeTV also has a great promotion going.

Daytona 500

The Superbowl of racing kicks off in February so there’s time to get your racing gear, jersey, food and drink to settle in for America’s race.  In our opinion, the best options for this are:

March Madness 2020

While March Madness 2020 doesn’t tip off until 3/15, it doesn’t mean you can’t get excited about watching your favorite teams. The easiest way to catch the 68 teams playing live is to stream it for free via the NCAA website. Additionally, CBS sports will have all the content, which can then be loaded through your Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, or Hulu as well as streamed with a subscription to YouTube TV.

You’re going to want a big TV to watch the game

Whether you’re using Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, Chromecast or YouTubeTV, the right size screen can make all the difference.

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Fubo

  • Stream the Superbowl, sign up for a free trial account. 
  • Every channel for free for seven days.
  • They cover the NFL, college football, and so much more.
  • Compatible with Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, and Google Chromecast.

YouTubeTV

This platform has really improved since its launch in 2017.  Not only is there a significant amount of non-sports content but they have reached broadcast agreements with Major League Baseball, the NHL, and the NFL. YouTubeTV offers access to over 70 channels.  They’ve got a 2-week free trial and, as of January 2020, pricing starts at $49 per month, which translates to about $700 per year in savings.

Hulu or SlingTV

We’ve mentioned these through the post and have grouped them together as they are quite similar. The short is that these are the two best options for over the top live video content.  Hulu and SlingTV start around $25 per month and both have optional features you can experience if you want to pay a bit more.

We interrupt this blog to make sure you’re in the know about smart beer fridges. Honestly, what’s better than a cold beer when you’re watching a great game?

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Roku owners can enjoy these freebies:

Roku offers a lot of free and nearly free live sports content, and they get updated frequently.  Here are some of the free channels you can add now:

Watch on the web with Reddit

It may be surprising but Reddit has a host of sports clips and content…and it’s all free.  They have everything from football to hockey and even cricket. Check these out and let us know what you think:

Watch on the web with LiveTV

LiveTV is a free website for live sport streams, sport videos and live score. They offer users the opportunity to follow numerous live sport events, including football games of the UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, Spanish Primera Division and Italian Serie A, as well as major events in other sports, such as ice hockey with the NHL or basketball with the NBA. On the LiveTV website, the P2P technology plays a key role, allowing customers to watch medium to high-quality streams completely free. LiveTV gives you the ability to stream a nearly unlimited amount of streams at the same time and gives fans from all over the world a chance to put their own comments on every broadcast page – for that, all you need to do is create a free account on the LiveTV site.

DAZN

If you like boxing and MMA, then you might want to check out DAZNDAZN is a live and on-demand streaming service that gives sports fans affordable access to sports anytime, anywhere. Sign up today to stream your favorite sports live and on demand on all your devices, only with the DAZN app. What you get: -Exclusive boxing fights featuring Canelo Alvarez, GGG, Anthony Joshua, Oleksandr Usyk, Katie Taylor and a further stacked lineup of fights from Golden Boy and Matchroom. Additional DAZN perks include:

  • The best of Bellator featuring Michael Venom Page, Rory MacDonald, Gegard Mousasi, Paul Daley and many more live and exclusively on the DAZN app.
  • World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight, Cruiserweight and Super Lightweight tournaments featuring some of the best fighters worldwide.
  • 40 Days and other behind the scenes content featuring world champion boxers in the lead up to their fight night.
  • The landmark interview series called “The Making Of,” which relives the significant games that helped define soccer’s greatest modern icons like Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr and Jose Mourinho.
  • An archive of fights featuring greats like Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez, Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin, Anthony Joshua, Bernard Hopkins, and others.

The Streamable is a great site for cord cutters as well. It isn’t totally free, but it has the most up to date streaming services, promos and discounts.

Using a VPN to watch live sports

This tip will change the way you watch sports online forever. The big secret is that most US sports broadcasts are available for FREE if you’re located outside the USA.  This means everything from the NFL playoffs, the Superbowl, the Daytona 500 and the Olympics can be viewed easily—if you use a VPN.

If you’re wondering how this works, it’s easy and it only takes three steps:

  • Step1: Choose and download a VPN

If you don’t have easy access to stream events like the Super Bowl live online in your country, or if you’re away from your home country when it’s on, the best way to watch it for free is to download and install a VPN. Our team has looked at a lot of options, and we prefer NordVPN and ExpressVPN.  Both of them are compatible with Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, Xbox and PlayStation. Both of our favorites also offer free trials so you can try before you buy. But then what?

  • Step 2: Connect to a UK server location

After you open your VPN app, choose a UK location.  It doesn’t matter which location you choose in the UK; what matters is that it’s not in the US.  The VPN will then make it appear as if you are watching from your chosen location.

You may be surprised that this streaming service is both legal and free, but it’s true. TVPlayer, most importantly, gives users the ability to watch BBC One. The channel will show entire live events and it has no commercials. Enjoy!


We genuinely hope that after reading our post, you can locate and enjoy your favorite sports without a cable or satellite subscription, If you’ve read this far, it’s also worth making sure your Man Cave is setup to watch the big game.  Check out our DIY Smart Home tips for creating your smart man cave.

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