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Figuring out how to watch cricket without cable is something of a double challenge here in the United States. That's because it's not all that easy to find ways to watch cricket in North America even with cable. Add to that the difficulties of doing so without cable, and you have some hurdles to jump through.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream cricket:
Fortunately, though, things fall into place pretty quickly once we start answer our most immediate question: what channels show live cricket? There are only a few channels and services that air cricket with any regularity in the United States, and once we nail down what we're looking for, we'll find that there are only a few major techniques we can use to unlock those services.
So let's do that now! Let's talk about how to watch cricket without cable.
As we'll see momentarily, it is possible to watch live TV channels without paying for cable. But if we're going to get the right services and enjoy watching cricket without cable, then we'll first need to know which channels we're looking for.
Cricket is a massively popular sport in some other countries, but it doesn't bring in the ratings in quite the same way here in the United States. Despite changing demographics, viewers in our country just aren't exposed to much cricket on TV. Only a few channels cover the sport.
While you might occasionally find cricket on other channels, the best network by far for cricket fans is Willow TV. Willow TV is a network dedicated entirely to cricket matches, and it has a deal with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to air big events. Willow TV airs a ton of cricket matches, cricket news, and cricket analysis.
The only other sports network that has cricket coverage really worth mentioning is ESPN, which airs some cricket matches and related content on its family of networks from time to time. ESPN also makes some cricket available through its streaming service ESPN+, which we'll talk about more in the next section.
Now that we have some idea of what live TV networks we're looking for, its time to discuss our options for streaming cricket without cable.
Watching cricket on ESPN+ is easy enough to explain: we'll just list ESPN+ as one of our options below (keep reading!). But coverage that's available via cable, like Willow TV's broadcasts, requires us to turn to a reliable technique that we've covered on this site quite a bit: subscribing to a skinny bundle.
What's a skinny bundle? Well, you can think of it like cable that you get online. Except that you'd better think of it as better cable that you get online, because it is cheaper, doesn't force you into long-term contracts, and lets you watch live TV nearly anywhere and on all kinds of devices. The skinny bundles also tend to have slimmed-down channel packages, cutting less popular content in order to keep prices down. But fear not: add-ons and scalable packages make it possible to get more niche content without going broke, and there are some quite affordable paths to good cricket coverage.
Below, we'll list all the reliable (and legal) ways to watch cricket without cable. We'll move from skinny bundles onto individual apps and other sorts of streaming services. One brief programming note: because ESPN's cricket offerings are relatively lean, we're not going to list every skinny bundle that offers ESPN. However, you can check out that list here in our article on how to watch ESPN without cable, and you'll learn more about getting ESPN's streaming content when we reach ESPN+ on the list below. That's all you need to know for now – let's learn how to watch cricket without cable!
Stream cricket with Sling TV
The best channel for cricket is Willow TV. But Willow TV is quite a tough channel to get through skinny bundles. That's partly because it has a streaming service of its own (more on that later), and partly because skinny bundles are “skinny,” and cricket is often among the programming that gets the ax when these services pare down their offerings to the bare minimum. But Sling TV has long been a good option for fans of niche programming, because it is unique in one important way: it offers you the chance to build your own skinny bundle.
Usually, this means starting with one of two base packages and then adding “Extras” – small add-on bundles of like-minded channels – to your bundle. You can also sometimes add individual channels one at a time. This makes it easy to build a customized and affordable bundle that includes Willow's cricket coverage. As of this writing, Sling TV offers two networks from Willow TV: Willow Cricket and Willow Extra. Though the branding is slightly different, you can expect coverage similar to what you'd get from Willow TV via a cable subscription.
Stream cricket with ESPN+
Disney's sports-specific streaming service does not offer a live stream of the flagship ESPN channel, but it does offer live streams of sporting events of all kinds. The stuff aired on ESPN+ is generally less in-demand than the stuff that airs on ESPN or ESPN too, of course. While ESPN+ is not a reliable way to watch a ton of cricket, you can sometimes catch matches and coverage on this app.
Willow TV is the best option for watching cricket here in the United States, as you probably already knew (and if you didn't, that means you didn't read our introduction!). It's available through cable providers and, as we've seen, at least one skinny bundle. But it's also available on its own through its direct premium subscription service, which is why it gets its own spot on this list.
Willow TV's subscription service works pretty similarly to how it does when you get it through Sling TV. It's worth noting that you can also access Willow TV's streaming apps and website by logging in with pay TV credentials that prove you already pay for Willow TV through another provider. So you could choose to sign up for Willow TV through Sling TV and then use the Willow TV app (you could not, however, do the opposite). If you are a cable subscriber who gets Willow TV as your bundle, then you can use your cable login to access cricket live streams through the Willow TV app (but you should really consider cutting the cord).
You sure can! The high-quality, legal streaming services that we recommend you use to watch cricket live streams are available on a range of different streaming devices, and coverage for popular brands like Roku is extensive.
Sling TV works on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Android TV (Android TV is Google's streaming platform, which you can find on the Nvidia Shield, some Sony smart TVs, and other devices). Sling TV also has great apps for iOS and Android mobile devices, and it will work in your browser on your laptop or desktop computer, too.
ESPN+ has pretty solid platform support as well, especially considering that the service is relatively new. ESPN added ESPN+ to the existing ESPN app and then expanded that app's reach. You can download the app for iOS and Android mobile devices, and the app also works on or with Roku, Fire TV, and Chromecast devices. And ESPN+ can play videos and live TV (including cricket live streams, of course!) in your browser, too.
As for Willow TV, you can find its streaming service on its website (Willow.tv), in app stores on iOS and Android mobile devices, and on plenty of streaming boxes, streaming sticks and smart TVs. That includes the Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Google TV, and Samsung Smart TV platforms and devices.
Thanks for the cricket info. I am a big fan of the game.
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