All The Ways To Watch College Football Live Online This Season (2016)By Jonathan Sternberg / August 2, 2016 / Tags: Live Stream, Stream Sports
Here are all your options to live stream NCAA Football during the 2016 season — including ways to watch online without cable, for free, and how to get access from outside the US.
The start of the 2016 college football season is finally upon us. This year, fans looking to live stream NCAA football games online have more options than ever, even if you don’t have cable or are currently outside the US.
Here are all the options you have this year to watch college football live online, starting with the first kickoff on Friday, August 26.
Live Stream The Most College Football Possible This Season
Subscription service (7-day free trial); Apps available; Website: http://sling.com
You’ve probably heard of Sling TV by now if you do a lot of looking for live sports streams. It’s a subscription Internet TV service from DISH Corp. The basic ‘Orange’ package, $20/month, gets you ESPN and ESPN2. The $25/month ‘Blue’ package gets you Fox Sports, FS1, FS1, NBC Sports. It goes up to $40/month to get the full set (Orange + Blue), and you still don’t get CBS, which pretty well sucks. Another drawback — if you can’t watch a game live you need a separate DVR in order to record it on Sling TV to watch later.
CBS College Sports Live
Subscription service; Apps available; Website: http://www.collegesportslive.com
This is a college sports streaming service from CBS. It features coverage of more than 50 schools and works on multiple devices and displays. Cost is $9.95/month.
CBS All Access
Subscription service (7-day free trial); Apps available; Website: https://www.cbs.com/all-access/
CBS All Access is CBS’s main streaming service. It’s available as a standalone subscription (no other pay-TV service needed) for $6/month. Live streams of college football games will only be available in certain markets, however. And, even in those markets, it’s only the Saturday games that will be streamed.
Subscription service (7-day free trial); Apps available; Website: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/network/vue/
PlayStation Vue is Sony’s TV streaming service, with live and on-demand access. For $29.99/month you can get a package with ESPN, ESPN2, FOX Sports 1, and FOX Sports 2. (Broadcast networks ABC, NBC, and FOX are also included — but not live, only on-demand.) PS Vue works on PlayStation consoles, Roku, Amazon Fire TV/Stick, and Android and iOS devices.
WatchESPN / ESPN Go
Pay-TV subscription needed; Apps available; Website: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index?sport=football
The vast majority of the articles you’ll see plugging live streaming of college football games will simply be directing you to ESPN mobile and online streaming. It’s a terrific service — if you have a pay-TV subscription that includes ESPN, such as cable, satellite, or Sling TV. If you don’t, you’re out of luck. There’s currently no (legal) way to stream ESPN without a TV provider. Even the illegal ways (ahem, certain Kodi add-ons) are pretty unreliable, since ESPN is constantly changing its streaming set-up in order to evade the bootleggers.
Pay-TV subscription needed; Apps available; Website: https://www.foxsportsgo.com/
This is the FOX Sports Network’s streaming service. It’s free through participating TV providers (Xfinity, DireTV, DISH, AT&T Uverse, Verizon, etc).
Pay-TV subscription needed; Apps available; Website: http://www.nbcsports.com/live
NBC Sports Live and NBC Sports Live Extra live streams every NCAAF game broadcast on NBC and NBC Sports Network. You need to sign in with a TV provider to access the live streams.
Independent NCAAF Conference Live Streams
Some of the college football conferences live stream games online — sometimes for free and sometimes requiring login with a TV provider. Here are the ones that offer live streaming:
Pac-12: Check out the Pacific-12 Conference site for live streaming of NCAAF games in their division. Website: http://pac-12.com/live
Big 10: Big 10 Network live streams college football games on BTN2GO. TV provider credentials are required. Website: http://www.btn2go.com/
Mountain West: The Mountain West Network covers the MW Conference and live streams some games. Website: http://www.themw.com/page/watch-live
Lastly, Twitter has reportedly inked a deal to live stream a college football game or two this season, with free access. Those details are TBA, so check back here for updates as more info becomes available.
Live Stream College Football From Outside The U.S.
If you’re currently abroad, you can still watch some NCAA football games live online.
U.S. citizens currently overseas can use USTVNow to live stream TV from all the major U.S. broadcast networks for free, as well as ESPN with the $19/month package. It’s a great service for Americans currently living abroad. Note that if you try to use USTVNow from inside the U.S., you will be blocked and won’t be able to stream any content (at least, not without using a workaround).
ESPN, CBS, NBC, SlingTV, and the others also block users outside the U.S. So to get access, you’ll need to use a VPN to route your connection through a U.S. server. This goes for getting access to live sports streams on Twitter from outside the U.S. as well.
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