Sports fans are always looking for new ways to consume their favorite games and with the FIFA World Cup kicking off on Sunday 20th November, fans will be looking for new platforms to watch them. Many streaming services have moved into live sports territory, although some are cheaper than others. From the NFL to boxing and soccer, there are some pretty decent cheaper options out there.
However, some of these streaming platforms are not exclusively geared towards sports and the quality of what the user is getting is therefore taken into account when looking at the price. Some fans may want to prioritize one service over another to get the most out of their favorite sports in the best places.
ESPN+ and Hulu
$13.99 as a bundle or $7.99 Hulu & $9.99 ESPN+ / month
There’s a lot to break at Hulu and ESPN+. For starters, ESPN+ is available for $9.99 per month, while Hulu’s ad-supported version costs $7.99 per month. However, the Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ bundle costs $13.99 per month, making it the best value with lots of great extras.
ESPN+ is so sports-centric that fans can watch live MLB, NHL, and MLS, as well as PGA golf, UFC, college football, and even soccer. Hulu, on the other hand, is more focused on entertainment, but offers live NFL games alongside NBA and NCAA games. The bundle is an incredibly attractive offer that would really tick all the boxes for the audience.
fuboTV is a complex addition as it is not a simple streaming service. At $69.99 per month it might seem like a steep price, but it’s a perfect streaming replacement for regular TV, so it appeals to a very different group of people. Those looking to switch to this model will need to know about the live sports options.
Cloud-based DVR and cheaper cost than cable mean viewers can access channels like ABC, FOX, CBS, ESPN, NBC, HGTV and many more in addition to all the live sports they offer. Combine this with some great box sets available on every platform and this is a perfect option to consider. From the NFL and NBA to Nascar, it has it all and acts as a great app for what’s to watch next.
DAZN starts at a rate of $19.99 per month. To some, that might seem steep given the size of the streaming service. But for those who love a very specific genre of sports, DAZN is an excellent and affordable option considering the discount on pay-per-view events.
DAZN has a strong focus on martial arts, especially boxing. It features some of the best fights, hosts special exclusive events, and includes mini-documentaries and interviews for fans to dissect. But DAZN is expanding to include some other sports like UEFA Women’s Champions League football.
The ad-based Peacock Premium costs $4.99 per month, which is one of the best price points out there and a great range to consider. Much like the Disney bundle, Peacock doesn’t just specialize in live sports, which means the value for money in other content is pretty good.
WWE fans will know that Peacock is a great streaming home for professional wrestling. Due to his background at NBC, Peacock also facilitates live streaming and next-day access to the Premier League, Sunday Night Football and MLB Sunday Leadoff, among others. It’s a comprehensive, if not somewhat smaller, catalogue.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video is included with a Prime membership that costs $14.99 per month. It’s excellent value for money considering the many benefits Amazon users get through their service, including a whole host of non-sports content, from reality TV shows to movies. But Prime is moving further into live territory.
Premier League football, international rugby and WNBA are all covered, with exclusive MLB, NBA and PGA live channel deals. Additionally, Amazon has moved to working with specific teams, from Seattle Strom to the New York Yankees, which is an area to watch going forward. In addition, international leagues such as the French Ligue 1 are well represented.
$4.99 standard and $9.99 premium/month
Those who just want to focus on the NFL should consider NFL+, which is the cheapest way to access the sport with a starting price of $4.99 per month and a premium option of $9.99. All existing users will know that fans can watch live playoff games, the Pro Bowl and Super Bowls through the website.
Available across a range of devices, the content available not only includes live streaming, but also offers a range of coverage, from analysis to interviews and mini-documentaries. This is the perfect one-stop shop for the brand and worth considering for those who don’t want surrounding content or frills.
Debuting at $4.99 per month, Paramount+ is another platform offering a full range of programming, from exclusive series to popular movies. It’s trying to position itself in the live sports category as well, with a healthy range of franchises available.
Paramount+ includes live streaming of NFL and NCAA games, as well as access to UEFA, NWSL, Concacaf, Serie A, AFC and AFA football coverage. It is perhaps the most cost-effective way to access such a brilliant range while enjoying many benefits.
While audiences are looking for free TV and movie apps, Sling TV is certainly one of the cheapest compared to cable. At a top price of $40 per month, the genius of Sling Television is how adaptable and customizable the platform is.
The NFL, CFB, NBA and NHL are all included in coverage, with access to ESPN and the NFL Network as part of the various choices offered to fans. This is another area to consider as the intuitive system allows for affordable digital access that rivals traditional means.
YouTube TV has been an intriguing disruptor as the streaming service seeks to divert cable users from their traditional ways of watching TV. At $64.99 per month, it’s still cheaper than some other competitors in the region, with a ton of content available.
On the sports front, however, apart from all the added benefits, YouTube TV offers access to ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, HGTV, TNT, Univision, and so many more channels, all of which host their own sports offerings. With cloud-assisted DVR and live viewing, the options feel limitless, especially with ESPN and FOX Sports.
Apple TV+, which has been launching lately, started at a healthy $4.99 per month. Users will know that the platform offers a range of exclusive moves and TV shows, but Apple isn’t ignoring its live sports audience it’s trying to grow.
With an existing deal in Major League Soccer and Major League Baseball, Apple is already making moves, with the potential for the NFL to be accessible next year as well. It’s worth noting that the Apple TV+ catalog is very limited, but it could soon become an exclusive rights player if it continues to move at such a pace, making it one to watch out for.
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