So you’re trying to watch a big PGA tour event, but it’s only on Golf Channel – and you don’t have cable. What do you do? Simple: you read this guide that we wrote on how to watch Golf Channel without cable. You can snag a free trial of one of the skinny bundles below to watch a given event without paying a dime – or you can hold onto your subscription and enjoy Golf Channel indefinitely while saving big bucks compared to cable.
All of the options below are skinny bundles – unfortunately, there’s no way to watch Golf Channel over the air (and we’re not going to share any illegal links, because you don’t have to break the law to beat cable). The services are a little different, so read on to pick out the right one for you.
How to Watch Golf Channel Without Cable
If you’ve read our guides on how to watch other cable networks without cable, then you have a pretty good idea of what to expect here: skinny bundles, baby! Yes, when it comes to live TV, skinny bundles are a cord cutter’s best friend. Skinny bundles aren’t free – they’re a form of pay TV – but they’re considered to be a cord cutting solution because they differ in a few key ways from their legacy competition over at the cable and satellite companies. Skinny bundles get their name from their stripped-down channel packages, which are tiny compared to the 800 channels (with nothing on) that cable gives you. Also slimmer is, thankfully, the price – skinny bundles are generally much cheaper than cable or satellite packages. And there’s one more important difference, which makes skinny bundles a true cord cutting solution: skinny bundles are delivered “over the top” (OTT), meaning over the internet, rather than by traditional cable infrastructure. Yes, just like Netflix. That means that you don’t need a cable company, which means no regional monopolies. Nice!
DIRECTV NOW, like all skinny bundles, is based on a pretty simple idea: what if you could get a bunch of your favorite cable channels delivered over the internet like Netflix or Hulu? And what if, by cutting out a bunch of those less important channels, you could get a “skinny” package of core networks while saving a ton compared to cable?
It’s a pretty good idea. The only bad news here is that some of the “skinnier” bundles available through DIRECTV NOW have trimmed out Golf Channel along with the fat, so you’ll have to jump up to the second-largest of four options (“Go Big,” $60/month) to get your golf fix. There’s some good news, though: right now “Go Big” is on sale for $35/month. On top of that, you can always get a free week with DIRECTV NOW’s free trial.
fuboTV was always technically a skinny bundle, but it didn’t always look quite like it does now. fuboTV first emerged as a soccer-specific streaming service, offering live games, news, and more. The method by which these broadcasts were offered was a skinny bundle, albeit one that only had soccer-related channels. When skinny bundles rely started taking off, fuboTV got wise to their good starting position and quickly re-launched as a more general skinny bundle. It still has a lot of soccer-related channels, but now also boasts a broader selection of channels and claims a position as the best skinny bundle for sports in general (not just soccer). That second thing is a bit debatable, as the service is still missing ESPN, but there is certainly coverage for a lot of niche sports – including golf, thanks to the presence of Golf Channel in fuboTV’s lineup. You can read our full review of the re-launched fuboTV here, and you can try out the service for free for a week by taking advantage of its free trial.
Hulu has been a cord cutting staple for years now thanks to its popular video on demand service, which competes with services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. But Hulu is also now a player in the skinny bundle market, thanks to the release of its newest service, Hulu with Live TV. Hulu with Live TV works in pretty much the same way as its existing skinny bundle competition: it offers a slim package of channels at a fair price. Hulu with Live TV keeps things simply by offering just one plan, which includes 55+ channels for $39.99/month (you can subscribe to it right along with the existing VOD service and use the same login for both). Among the channels in Hulu with Live TV’s package is, as you may have guessed, Golf Channel. You can read our full review of Hulu with Live TV here, and you can check out the service’s week-long free trial here.
Another skinny bundle, and another great way to get Golf Channel. PlayStation Vue makes Golf Channel available starting in their second of four base packages. Core Slim is the package in question, and it’ll cost you $34.99/month. This $35 range is what you’ll pay on pretty much any skinny bundle for Golf Channel – unfortunately, none of the bundles offer it in their smallest package.
PlayStation Vue has a free trial, so you can test it out before you pay. If you’re curious about how it measures up to the competition, check out our piece on PlayStation Vue vs. Sling TV or our article on DIRECTV NOW vs. PlayStation Vue.
Sling TV makes Golf Channel available through its “Sports Extras” add-on package. The add-on is $10/month, and you have to get an eligible base package to add it. The cheapest suitable base package is the $25/month Sling Blue package, meaning that a custom package including Golf Channel would set you back $35/month. Not bad! And there’s that same price again – the question of how to watch Golf Channel without cable is best answered with “get a skinny bundle,” but which one you get is really up to you – there’s not a huge price difference here.
The add-on package that Golf Channel comes in, by the way, is just one of a bunch of Sling TV add-on packages. Unlike some other skinny bundles on this list, Sling TV doesn’t really do tiers of service. Instead, they offer a few different base packages and invite you to build out a custom package of your own design by selecting any number of add-ons, which group channels into genre-specific packages that cost $5 to $10 each.
Of course, like its competitors, Sling TV offers a free trial – so there’s no reason to pay before you try out the service for yourself and make sure that you like it!
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