We hope you enjoy the following guest post from Chris Brantner, the cord cutting expert behind CutCableToday.com.
April is a busy month for cord cutting sports fans.
Whether you like baseball, golf, hockey, or basketball you’re covered with an Over-the-Air TV antenna and a few handy streaming services. So break out your foam finger and get ready to cheer your favorites on!
Major League Baseball kicks off this month with games airing on a variety of channels including FOX, which means that you’ll be able to enjoy some matchups with your trusty Over-the-Air (OTA) antenna. And don’t forget, you can record all those FOX games for later viewing or stream them anywhere with your Tablo OTA DVR.
More of a golf person? Rounds 3 and 4 of The Masters Tournament air on CBS (CTV in Canada), which means you’ll be able to catch the best golfers in the world compete without the need for a cable subscription. Find out more about CBS coverage here.
Hockey fans can catch some of the NHL playoffs on NBC (and CBC in Canada) with an OTA antenna and remaining games easily accessible via streaming services.
Finally, some NBA playoff games are available on ABC for viewing with an antenna and via a streaming service for the remaining games on ESPN.
How Do I Watch Games Not Airing on Network TV?
While most key matchups are available free on Over-the-Air network TV, if you don’t want to miss a second of the action you’ll need to figure out how to get stations like ESPN that traditionally call for cable. Luckily, you have a few streaming options that don’t require cable, or an ongoing contract at all so you can easily cancel at any time.
Airs: NHL, NBA, Masters, & MLB
Sling TV has packages that start at $20 and $25 a month. This will give you access to ESPN, TNT, and TBS. If you choose the $25, Sling TV Blue package you’ll also have FS1, FX, FOX and NBC (in select markets), and many other channels. If you’re missing something, there’s a good chance that you can add it on in the channel bundles. A sports extra package is available as are many other bundles. Sling TV works with all the major streaming devices from Roku to mobile devices. It even works on Xbox One. You also receive a free one-week trial.
Airs: MLB, NHL
fuboTV was made for sports fans. In packages starting at $35/month they offer FS1, NBA TV, NBCSN, FOX regional sports networks, and Comcast SportsNet. They also have locals like NBC in select markets and other channels like USA. Like Vue, they have a cloud-based DVR. You can watch on a variety of devices and a one-week trial will kick off your membership.
Sportsnet NOW (Canada)
Airs: NHL, NBA, MLB & More
Cord cutting sports fans in Canada should check out Sportsnet NOW which is $25 a month and gives you access to all of the regional Sportsnet feeds and every single NHL playoff game. Sportsnet NOW works on iOS and Android mobile devices, Apple TV, Chromecast and Xbox and includes a one-week trial.
As you can see, by combining content from Over-the-Air HD antennas and streaming services, sports fans will have a full calendar this April!
Chris Brantner runs CutCableToday.com, a blog dedicated to helping people find legal cable TV alternatives. Follow him on Twitter @CutCableToday and like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/CutCableToday.
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