Getting rid of cable does not mean that you can no longer watch your favorite sports. Live TV services feature many of the networks and local channels you get with a cable subscription, though not every service offers every channel. Subscription prices vary wildly between services, too.
So, how can you find the right service? A good strategy is to make a list of all the sports teams you watch along with the channels or networks that hold those broadcasting rights. Next, use a tool such as The Streamable’s Channel Finder to find which service offers those channels. In the case that more than one service offers all the channels you want to watch, consider the cost, features, and additional content you get with a subscription.
What should cord cutters expect from a live TV service? For one, even though the prices of live TV streaming services have steadily increased, you can choose to pay for services on a month-to-month basis (something that not all cable providers allow). Additionally, very few of the video streaming services we’ve reviewed only cover sports. Some offer tons of news and entertainment channels as well. Others include massive libraries of on-demand movies and TV shows to tide you over to the next game. Many services include easy-to-use DVR functionality with ample cloud storage, negating the need for a dedicated hardware box. The services’ cross-platform apps are also typically highly intuitive and reliable.