The best streaming apps for major US sports

March 15, 2022

Sports fans have never had it so good when it comes to live-action, with streaming apps making it easy to watch sports on a 24/7/365 basis.

Advancements in mobile technology and improved Wi-Fi connectivity have provided a platform for fans to watch live sports wherever and whenever they want.

The best sports streaming sites offer a viable alternative to traditional broadcast mediums, making live sports more accessible than was previously the case.

With that in mind, read on as we take a look at the best streaming apps you can use to watch live coverage of major sports in the United States.

Sling TV

Sling TV’s flexible subscription packages offer users an extremely affordable way to access live action from all the major US sports.

The standard package includes ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, Stadium, and TNT, while beIN SPORTS, NBC Sports, NBA TV, NHL Network, and NFL Network can be added if you want to spend more.

With the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL all available on the platform, the Sling TV app is well worth checking out if you love watching sports in the US.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV is great for sports fans as it provides easy access to NFL Network, NBA TV, and MLB Network, along with several other channels.

These include CBS Sports Network, ESPN, NBC Sports Network, FS1, FS2, Golf Channel, SEC Network, and many more.

If you are looking to record events to watch later, YouTube TV offers users unlimited storage space with a nine-month time limit on keeping the recordings.

ESPN+

ESPN+ is an add-on to the company’s other sports channels, offering access to the NHL, MLB, MLS, various college sports, and PGA tour events.

The platform also features a vast array of archive content from the NFL, UFC, world championship boxing, PGA Tour, and more via The Vault.

ESPN+ is available to subscribers via dedicated apps for Android, iOS, FireTV, Chromecast, tvOS, and Roku devices. 

DIRECTV Stream

DIRECTV Stream is at the higher end of the price scale but gives users the opportunity to access up to 18 sports channels including HBO.

NBA TV and MLB Network are both available on the platform, although you will have to look elsewhere if you want to watch NFL Network.

ESPN, Bally Sports 1 (FS1), NBC Sports Network, ACCN, CBS Sports Network, and Big Ten Network (BTN) are amongst the other channels available on DIRECTV Stream.

Paramount+

For sports fans who prefer to use regionalized live sports streams, Paramount+ is undoubtedly a very sensible choice.

Subscribers to the service can stream a live feed of the local CBS Sports channel, thus ensuring that you can keep up to speed with all the teams in your area.

With PGA Tour events, live NFL games, the NCAA March Madness tournament, and several other top-class competitions, Paramount+ is well worth checking out.

fuboTV

It is fair to say that fuboTV has come a long way since it was launched purely with football streams, with loads of other sports now available on the app.

NBA TV, NBC, NFL Network, TBS, and TNT are featured on fuboTV, while international fans can access Fox Deportes, GOL TV, TUDN, and many more.

Available via dedicated apps for Android, iOS, Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, and Chromecast devices, fuboTV is a greater all-rounder for sports fans.

Hulu + Live TV

Hulu offers fans easy access to loads of sports channels including ESPN, FOX Sports, CBS Sports Network, SEC Network, NBC Sports Network, and ESPN.

It is also one of the only streaming services to have ESPN College Extra, making it a superb option for anyone who wants to watch college sports.

Fans can record live sports and personalize the service by tailoring the content they watch based on their favorite sports, leagues, or teams.

DAZN

While DAZN is best known as a live streaming platform for combat sports, the company has started to broaden its horizons in recent times.

Fight fans will still be in their element at DAZ with Matchroom Boxing, World Boxing Super Series, GGG Promotions, Bellator, KSW and Combate Americas amongst the promotions featured.

While the UFC is not currently broadcast on DAZN, the competitive annual subscription rate makes this an essential service for anyone who loves combat sports.

Peacock

While NBC’s streaming service is limited to the sports the company has deals to cover, it is an affordable option for fans in the US.

Peacock offers comprehensive coverage of the NFL including the Super Bowl, while subscribers to the premium service can also stream Sunday Night Football.

With IndyCar racing, golf, soccer, and the WWE also available, Peacock is a great choice for anyone who wants to watch live sports without breaking the bank.


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