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. See this overview of what channels are available on various live streaming services in the US, but note that local networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX) vary by location and may not be available where you live.

Note: Most recently updated June, 2017


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, see the schedule here.

MLB games, including the playoffs, are also broadcast on ESPN and FOX/FS1, and it is easier than ever to get access to these stations without a cable subscription, starting around $30 per month. See an overview of streaming packages and what channels they offer here. I recommend PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, and Hulu Live for baseball fans.


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 Hulu Live ($40), PlayStation Vue's $45 tier, and DirecTV Now's $60 tier. Any of these services is good for golf fans, but check if CBS and NBC are available in your local area.


Watch NASCAR online without cable

NASCAR is broadcast by FOX/FS1 and NBC/NBC Sports. These channels are available on PlayStation Vue and Hulu Live, but check to see if FOX and NBC are available in your local area before deciding. Check channel listings of each race on the NASCAR schedule.

Check back later this summer to see where to watch NFL and college football and the MLB playoffs online.