Watching online is either free or much cheaper than cable or satellite. You can watch football, ice hockey, basketball, baseball, golf etc. Here are 3 main ways to watch…
1. TV Streaming Software
Use the free software available through this site. These have the added benefit of less ads and are more reliable streams.
There are lots of programs available that allow you to watch sports like American football, soccer, basketball, baseball, hockey and tennis.
Sopcast is the program I use most (download it here). There are always lots of “test channels” that appear just before a game starts, and you can usually find the channel you are looking for.
If not, it’s a case of working through the other programs until you find the stream you are after.
I have listed all the main programs below. Click on one and you will see I have explained the pro and cons of each program and what channels you’ll expect to see.
Most of these programs use a technology called p2p to stream content. If your computer asks you to allow the programs to open ports in your firewall, always say yes. If you don’t, you will get lower quality video playback.
It is also worth connecting to a stream 10 minutes before broadcast starts. Some channels can take a while to buffer before they start playing.
If your computer on a network, you will need to open the relevant ports in your routers firewall too.
2. Subscription Like NFL Game Pass
You can pay a subscription to an official provider like NFL Game Pass or MLB.tv. These may not always be available because the Networks can block certain country’s. To get around this, check out my guide here.
3. Streaming Sites
You can also watch sports on one of the “gray area” streaming sites that are bombarded with ads and are constantly going down or taken offline (See our schedule page).