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Canceling cable is easy, but getting all of your old favorite channels without cable is… well, actually, that's easy, too! We're here to show you how. This time, we're focusing on NBC Sports, and on NBCSN in particular. NBC's sports arm is a must-have channel for fans of soccer, hockey, NASCAR, and the Olympics, among others. Below, we'll show you how to watch NBC Sports without cable on NBCSN, and we'll also briefly cover how to get the NBC Sports content that NBC pushes up to its flagship channel and to other NBC networks.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream NBCSN:

  Price Channels Free Trial  
$5.99 – $85.96 68 – 88 7 or 30 days

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$39.99 – $44.99 85 – 100+ 7 days

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$25 – $40 32 – 52 7 days

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How to Watch NBC Sports Online Without Cable

If you're familiar with the other articles in this series, you know what to expect here: skinny bundles. Skinny bundles are slimmed-down packages of live channels. The skinny bundles we focus on here are “OTT.” That stands for “over the top,” which means streaming online (rather than being delivered via traditional cable and satellite methods). By slimming down the packages and streaming over the internet, OTT skinny bundles can cut costs. So for the most part, when we ask how to watch NBC Sports without cable, we're asking how to watch NBCSN online – and the answer to that is to get a skinny bundle. We will briefly touch on over-the-air later on, since some NBC Sports-branded content ends up on NBC's flagship channel, which is available over the air. However, NBCSN is not available over the air.

Stream NBC Sports for free with Hulu

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Hulu + Live TV is, as the name suggests, a service from the folks at Hulu. Hulu is still better known for its on-demand content, but this skinny bundle ranks among the best of 'em. There's just one base package to worry about here, and add-ons are limited to premium channels like HBO, but the base package in question features NBCSN, so Hulu + Live TV is more than welcome on our list. You can read our review of Hulu with Live TV here.

Stream NBC Sports for free with FuboTV

Free Trial

fuboTV has its heritage in soccer streaming, and its slim bundle still shows a sports bias. Among the many sports channels included in fuboTV's base package is, happily enough, NBCSN. Other sports channels include FS1 and a range of soccer channels — but not ESPN, curiously enough. You can read our full review of the service here, or you can just go ahead and check out the free trial for yourself via the link above.

Stream NBC Sports with Sling TV

Try It

Sling TV is slightly different from the competition in the way that it organizes its packages: rather than offering tiers, it offers a kind of a la carte system. You'll choose from three different base packages and then build out extra coverage with add-on packages. You can read our Sling TV review if you want to learn more.

AT&T TV Now

Great channels abound with AT&T TV Now. Among the networks available through this live TV streaming service is NBCSN. Read our review of AT&T TV Now to learn more, or simply try out the service for yourself.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV is another great way to watch NBCSN without cable. Google's skinny bundle offering has lots of good channels, including NBCSN and (in select markets) NBC itself. You can also check out our YouTube TV review.

Can I Watch NBC Sports on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?

You sure can! The services on our list offer robust platform support, making it easy to watch NBCSN without cable on your device of choice.

Want to watch on Roku? You can do that using Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Fire TV users can use most of those same options: Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV all offer apps for that platform.

Then there's Apple TV, which boasts apps for Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Chromecast users will get native support from apps for Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Android TV users can pick between Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV Sling TV, and YouTube TV.

Mobile viewing is a breeze, too: Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV each have apps for both iOS and Android mobile devices.

Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV have in-browser and/or desktop apps for use with your desktop or laptop computer, too.

Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV can also be used on your Xbox One video game console. PlayStation fans can use Hulu + Live TV on their PS4.

NBC Sports on Other Channels

When we ask how to watch NBC Sports without cable, we're not just talking about NBCSN. NBC uses its NBC Sports branding on more than just NBCSN, so it's worth taking a moment here to talk about watching NBC Sports broadcasts on NBC's other channels. First, there's NBC itself – home to the NFL's Sunday Night Football, high-profile NHL hockey games, and more. NBC is available in certain markets in the skinny bundles above (use the free trials to see if you're in one of the lucky markets), but it's also available over the air in many areas, so it's worth taking a look at your antenna options. You can read our full piece on how to watch NBC without cable here. Finally, huge sporting events (like the Olympics) push some sports to other NBC-owned channels. The skinny bundles above are your best options for channels like MSNBC and CNBC — each of the ones listed has at least a couple extra NBC-branded channels in the same package as NBCSN.

8 thoughts on “How to Watch NBC Sports Without Cable

  1. Greg says:

    I think I just found my way to watch the Tour de France on NBCSN. Sling TV for 1 month in July, although I will have to look at the PlayStation Vue option if Sling does not offer a DVR option. It will kill me if I have to sit through all the commercials.

  2. Hamilton says:

    I can not watch NASCAR on NBC Sports using PlayStation Vue. I would like to know why?

  3. John Berninger says:

    I am using NBC Sports Gold, which is a stand alone app. You pick a sport such as cycling, rugby, or track and field, and pay for only that sport. The cycling pass includes many races that are not available on the regular NBC Sports network channel. There are no commercials.

  4. Gene says:

    I have a Roku Express connected to my HD TV. How do I watch NBC Sports without a cable or satellite provider? Would Apple TV work? I’m open to any ideas!

    1. Cordcutting.com says:

      Gene, you can watch NBC Sports on your Roku Express using one of the services listed above. All of them have Roku channels.

  5. GB says:

    How can you say you’re “cordcutting” or “getting a channel free” when you have to have cable or satellite and STILL pay up to $100 to get standard channels that you get with cable/satellite??? I cancelled my satellite Directtv because I was fed up with paying a ridiculous amount for tv with excessive commercials AND lousy service and equipment. Everyone of these channels with tons of commercials should be aired/streamed for free like ALL tv used to be. The original pay tv services (ON and Select Tv) had no commercials because you were paying a fee for the service. Now we pay and still get too many commercials AND get lousy service as well. I have a Roku Ultra and I have to say the equipment/remote leaves something to be desired (Little things like current time and date or being able to search for other programs while still watching the current program, etc.) I also think it’s completely disingenuous to claim you’re getting tbs or NBCsports etc. “free”. Having to pay Hulu (which used to be free) or Sling or whoever) to get the so called “free” channels is just a lie. In addition, you never mention the quality/user friendliness of the Roku etc. equipment or the customer service from each streaming provider (Roku is HORRIBLE by the way. I have found it is impossible to even get a live person in the USA with Roku even if you call the corporate office.), If you choose to have any channels, other than the truly free ones, or you want to watch sports or the major networks, you still end up paying too much. You can’t even listen to a sports radio broadcast over the internet anymore without having to pay for it (on top of the commercials). It really boils down to excessive greed on the part of the networks and sports teams/athletes. Personally, I refuse to pay to watch a bunch of over payed whiner athletes that won’t even respect the flag of the country that’s enabling them to become multi-millionaires playing a game. Since I live too far from over the air signal, the only free tv for me are a few channels that truly are free on Roku and my DVD collection. Guess I just need to read more.

    1. Stan says:

      Switch to t-mobile phone. MLB is free for year. TV & broadcast

    2. Matt says:

      I don’t even know where to begin as far as how wrong you are and some things. Put a little more effort into things and you will have in abundance of channels for free with the roku. Better yet ditch the Roku spent 35 box on a firestick and you’ll have even more.

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