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Canceling cable is easy, but getting all 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. NBC’s sports arm is well known to fans of soccer, hockey, NASCAR, and the Olympics, among others, and we'll show you how to watch NBC Sports without cable. And if you're here for this year's Tokyo Olympics, don't worry — we'll make sure you know how to watch every moment!

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

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How to Watch NBC Sports Online Without Cable

If you’re familiar with our “How to Watch” series, then you know what to expect here: live TV streaming services, aka skinny bundles, which are slimmed-down packages of live channels. When we ask how to watch NBC Sports without cable, we’re asking which skinny bundles have NBCSN and other NBC channels, including regional sports networks (RSNs) from the NBC Sports family. We’ll also touch on over-the-air TV, since NBC’s flagship channel is available by antenna and sometimes includes NBC Sports–branded broadcasts.

We'll also be talking about the Olympics a little later on, since the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games are airing on NBCSN and the other networks of NBC.

Stream NBC Sports with DIRECTV Stream

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Great channels abound with DIRECTV Stream. Among the networks available on the live TV streaming service are NBC, NBCSN, and the Golf Channel. There's also solid coverage of NBC Sports’ regional sports networks. Read our review of DIRECTV Stream to learn more.

Stream NBC Sports for free with Hulu

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Hulu + Live TV is, as the name suggests, a service from Hulu. The streaming service is better known for its on-demand content, but it also ranks among the best skinny bundles. There’s just one base package and add-ons are limited to premium channels such as HBO, but the base package features NBC, NBCSN, and the Golf Channel. Hulu + Live TV is also a solid option for NBC Sports’ RSNs, such as the New York City area’s SNY.

Stream NBC Sports for free with FuboTV

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fuboTV has a legacy in soccer streaming, and its slim bundle still shows a sports bias. Among the many sports channels included in fuboTV’s base package are NBC, NBCSN, and the Golf Channel. NBC Sports’ RSNs are well represented, too, but their coverage varies by region. Other sports channels include FS1 and a range of soccer channels, but not ESPN. We praised the service in our fuboTV review, and we think you’ll see why if you sign up for fuboTV’s free trial.

Stream NBC Sports with Sling TV

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Sling TV is slightly different from its competition in the way it organizes its packages. Rather than offering tiers, it uses a kind of a la carte system. You’ll choose from two base packages (or get both!) and then build out extra coverage with add-on packages. Sling TV has limited coverage of NBC’s flagship network, but it has some other networks in the NBC Sports family — most notably NBCSN. For more on this service, check out our Sling TV review.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV is another great way to watch NBC Sports without cable. Google’s skinny-bundle offering has NBC in select markets, as well as the NBC-affiliated Golf Channel, NBCSN, and many NBC Sports RSNs. Check out our YouTube TV review to learn more about the service.

Over the Air TV

Some NBC Sports content is shown on NBC, which you can pick up for free over the air using a TV antenna. If you want to watch NBC Sports without paying a penny, you may really like this method.

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 NBC Sports without cable on your device of choice.

Roku Fire TV Apple TV Android TV Chromecast iOS Android Web/
DIRECTV Stream Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hulu + Live TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
fuboTV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sling TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Youtube TV No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

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

Streaming NBC Sports on Every NBC Channel

When we ask how to watch NBC Sports without cable, we’re not just talking about the major events on NBC. The network uses its NBC Sports branding in many places, so it’s worth taking a moment to talk about watching NBC Sports broadcasts on NBC’s other channels.

NBC itself is home to the NFL’s “Sunday Night Football,” high-profile NHL hockey games, and more. The channel is available in certain markets with the skinny bundles on our list (use 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. For more on streaming NBC, check out our guide to watching NBC without cable.

Huge sporting events such as the Olympics also air on other NBC-owned channels. The skinny bundles listed above are your best options for channels such as MSNBC and CNBC; each of the services listed has at least a couple extra NBC-branded channels in the same package as NBC.

The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

The 2020 Olympics — which are actually airing in 2021 — will be in NBCSN and other NBC networks under the “NBC Sports” branding and the “Olympic Channel” branding. But which network the games are on can change depending on the event and the time of day, so make sure you're up-to-date on all of the best way to watch the 2020 (or 2021) Tokyo Olympics without cable.

15 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. 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.

    3. JR says:

      You can download the nbcsports app on roku and watch for free as long as you watch it live. If you want to use the on demand function you have to pay for gold. I hate it myself as I have no way to dvr say motocross, but not having a 180 cable bill is worth being home to watch it live if I want.

  6. Yadira says:

    Can’t seem to get MotoGp without paying for a network provider since they are not part of the Gold package

  7. Anonymous says:

    hulu doesn’t have nbc sports. It’s a separate service for $60 big ones per month

  8. RJPS says:

    GB, above, was right. “Cordcutting” means rejection of the bundling business model, not just moving cable services to the internet. NBC Sports is only available in a pricey bundle and should not be listed on this website. Or, the website should surrender the moniker “Cordcutting,” as, if you’re only taking that literally, you don’t understand what the term means.

    1. Doug says:

      Amen. And I have to pay $80/mo to Comcast for the cord the internet comes through….

  9. Doug says:

    Update your site. Sling just lost NBC Sports, effective 4/1/21.

  10. Eric Singleton says:

    The best option for watching NBCSN and other Top sports channels is “BCE Premium TV”. Their prices are so reasonable I highly recommend it.

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