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College football fans are a different breed. College football fandom is a lifestyle, and die-hards will do just about anything to watch their team in action. Fortunately, paying for cable doesn't have to be one of those things – not if you know how to watch college football without cable! Join us as we go over all the ways that you can watch college football online or for free over the air with TV antenna. Absolutely everything that you need to know is below.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream college football:
Before we figure out how to get live college football without cable, we'll need to know which channels we want live feeds of. Which channels you'll be most interested in will depend on which games and teams you want to follow, so take a quick look at the list below and keep it in mind as we speak specifically about the services and techniques that we can use to watch college football without cable.
If we want to watch the channels above live, but don't want to pay for cable or satellite, then we have two major types of solutions that's we're dealing with: free over-the-air TV and “skinny bundles.” The former will get its own spot on the list below, but the latter will appear in many forms as we list the different skinny bundles that you can use to watch college football live without cable, so let's take a moment and explain what skinny bundles are before we dive into the meat of our list.
Skinny bundles, or live TV streaming services, are a type of streaming service that aims to beat cable at its own game. Skinny bundles are similar to cable in a few key ways, and different from cable in one all-important one. Like cable, a skinny bundle will give you a selection of live network television channels in exchange for a monthly fee. Unlike cable, however, skinny bundles are streaming services.
Since skinny bundles stream online, they can be viewed on a ton of different streaming devices. And since there are no regional monopolies of the sort that we've come to expect from cable, skinny bundles have lots of competition and offer some very consumer-friendly perks. These include the size of the channel bundles: as the name suggests, a skinny bundle will usually offer a slimmed-down channel package that will save you cash by helping you avoid paying for channels you don't want.
Our list of ways to watch college football without cable will start with skinny bundles before moving on to over-the-air solutions and other types of cord cutter-friendly services and techniques. Are you ready? Let's kick off our list of ways to watch college football online and over the air without cable.
Stream college football for free with Hulu
Hulu + Live TV's straightforward skinny bundle includes plenty of great ways to watch college football online. There's ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC, for starters, plus BTN, SEC Network, FS1, FS2, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN U, and ESPN College Extra. Hulu + Live TV also includes access to the on-demand catalog offered by Hulu's long-tenured on-demand streaming service. You can check out Hulu + Live TV risk-free by signing up for the service's free trial — the link is below.
Stream college football for free with fuboTV
fuboTV's began as a service aimed at another sort of football fan: A few years back, fuboTV was a soccer-specific streaming app. Now, though, the service has lots of live channels — including FS1, FS2, Pac-12 Networks, and more. At the time of this writing, fuboTV does not offer ESPN or any of its sister channels. To test out fuboTV, just sign up for the service's free trial by clicking on the link in this section.
Stream college football with Sling TV
Sling TV lets you build the perfect skinny bundle yourself, saving you money by allowing you to pick out groups of channels on a more a-la-carte basis than is allowed by typical tiered skinny bundle pricing systems. Choose one (or both) of Sling TV's two base bundles, then add “Extras” to build your ideal bundle!
Among Sling TV's offerings are ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN U, FS1, FS2, SEC Network, and some RSNs.
AT&T TV Now is AT&T's skinny bundle service, and offers lots of great channels with college football coverage. AT&T TV is a cost-effective way to watch ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN U, FS1, FS2, BTN, and SEC Network, among others. You can try out AT&T TV Now for free by taking advantage of the service's free trial offer.
YouTube TV's channel bundle includes ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, BTN, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN U, FS1, FS2, NBCSN, and regional sports networks. It's a great service for college football fans, and its free trial is well worth a look!
Free over-the-air TV is one of the very best ways to watch TV without cable, and that holds true in the world of college football. College football's biggest games, including many bowl games, end up on over-the-air networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. Be sure to use an antenna as part of your college football season set-up, and consider using an OTA DVR to bring things to the next level!
Stream college football with ESPN+
ESPN+ does not include a live stream of the ESPN cable network, but it does offer live streaming of sporting events. While most big college matchups will be on the cable networks instead, you are likely to find some less in-demand games on ESPN+ throughout the season.
CBS has college football. It also has a streaming service of its very own: CBS All Access, which is a single-channel streaming service that focuses entirely on CBS. CBS All Access subscribers have access to CBS programming on demand, but this is also a live streaming solution: in select markets, subscribers to this service enjoy a live stream of their local CBS affiliate. Regional limitations and blackouts apply, so head over to CBS All Access' website for the dirty details — or just grab a free trial and see for yourself what is available in your particular region.
When the game-day action is big, you want your screen to be big, too. And the best way to get streaming content up onto your biggest, baddest TV is to use a streaming device like a Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast device. So, naturally, our next question is this: can you watch college football on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?
You sure can! The streaming services above work great on these platforms, and you'll have lots of options for streaming college football on any one of the streaming platforms and devices listed above – plus a few more.
Roku users can check out Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV. Yep, that's every one of the skinny bundles listed above!
Fire TV users can use Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.
Apple TV users can try any of the services we listed: Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.
Chromecast devices support all of our options, too: Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.
Android TV is an option, too. The streaming platform used by the Nvidia Shield and some Sony smart TVs (among other devices) has apps for Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.
You can watch college football online on your smartphone or tablet using the Android and iOS apps offered by each of Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.
Computers, including desktops and laptops, are options as well. That's thanks to desktop and/or in-browser apps from Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.
CBS All Access offers robust platform support, too: you can stream CBS live in select markets using CBS All Access' apps for Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, mobile devices, and computers.
As for free over-the-air TV, watching that on your TV is as simple as can be! Just plug your antenna into your TV's coaxial jack and then scan for channels. If you want to bring your over-the-air TV game to the next level, you could also consider using an OTA DVR or a PC TV tuner to time-shift your free over-the-air TV or make it streamable on multiple devices. For more on those techniques, just check out our extensive coverage right here on Cordcutting.com!
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