How to watch sports online without cable - stream live sports on iPhone, iPad, Android, Apple TV, Roku, & more

The options to watch sports online without a traditional cable or satellite TV subscription are growing and constantly changing. Bookmark this page, because it will be updated seasonally to reflect all of the various ways to watch sports online. Some options are free, but many require some type of paid subscription - but these subscriptions tend to be much less expensive and more flexible than traditional cable. The following chart summarizes what sports channels are available on the various subscription streaming services. Note that the selection varies greatly by location, especially for broadcast channels and regional sports networks.

Overview of streaming services for watching sports online (click to enlarge)

All of these services carry a lot of live sports, but no single service carries all of the major networks available in a medium-large cable bundle. A streaming service could save you a lot of money and be a great way to watch sports online, depending on your preferred sports and leagues. Make sure to check what channels are available in your local area and what devices your preferred service is available on.


Stream MLB live free and paid

There are many places to stream live MLB games due to the league's multiple broadcast deals. New for this year, Facebook will be hosting a free MLB live stream every Friday on the MLB Facebook Page. MLB also has a free game of the day available through the MLB apps or their website. See the upcoming schedule here.

MLB games, including the playoffs, are also broadcast on ESPN, FOX/FS1, MLB Network, and TBS. It is easier than ever to get access to these stations without a cable subscription, starting around $30 per month. DirecTV Now is the best service for watching nationally broadcast MLB games, but Hulu, Sling, and Vue have access to different regional sports networks so they may be better for watching local teams.

MLB.tv is a streaming package for watching any games that aren't broadcast in your local area. It is $25 per month, and doesn't include access to any playoff games, so it is best for fans that live in a different region from their favorite team.


Stream PGA Golf live

The PGA Tour is very accessible to fans who prefer to watch over the internet. Many tournaments feature free 'alternate' streams - for example, live coverage of a specific hole or pairing - on the PGA Tour's apps. Go to the PGA's schedule page, select the tournament, and look for the 'first look' section to see details for each tournament.

The schedule also shows what networks will be streaming each tournament, which changes from week to week. The weekend rounds are typically broadcast by CBS or NBC, with ESPN, FOX, and TNT handling some rounds of the majors. These networks are widely available on streaming packages. The Golf Channel also handles early round coverage from many tournaments, and is available on several streaming services. Check to see what services offer CBS and NBC in your local area.


Watch NASCAR online without cable

NASCAR is broadcast by FOX/FS1 and NBC/NBC Sports. FS1 and NBC Sports are available on several of the streaming services above, but check to see what services offer FOX and NBC in your local area. Check channel listings of each race on the NASCAR schedule.


Stream live Soccer

Soccer fans in the US may have interest in several different leagues and tournaments. Most of these are now available to stream one way or the other, but each has different broadcast partners. EPL games area available on NBC Sports, MLS on FOX/FS1 and ESPN, and La Liga on beIN. FOX/FS1 broadcast several tournaments: World Cup, Champions League, UEFA Euro, and FA Cup, while ESPN broadcasts several international friendlies and various less prominent tournaments and leagues.

MLS also offers its own streaming service similar to MLB.tv. Get more details on MLS Live here.


Stream Tennis live

The four major tennis tournaments can easily be streamed. NBC/NBC Sports has the French Open, while ESPN has the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open.

This article was most recently updated June, 2017. Check back later this summer to see where to watch NFL and college football and the MLB playoffs online.