Jul 6, 2020 - Sports

An overview of the sports streaming landscape

Data: Axios research; Table: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios
Data: Axios research; Table: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

It's been so long since we've had regularly scheduled sports, perhaps you've forgotten the best way to actually watch them.

The state of play: YouTube TV, fuboTV and ESPN+ all have all recently raised their prices, even though their packages rely on live sports rights, and the coronavirus pandemic has shut down most sports.

YouTube TV
  • Base price: $64.99/month
  • Included: Big Ten, ACC and SEC Networks; CBS, NBCSN and FS1/FS2; Golf and Tennis Channels; MLB Network and NBA TV; full ESPN suite; MotorTrend
  • Missing: Pac-12 and Longhorn Networks; NFL Network and RedZone; NHL Network; beIN Sports; various RSNs
  • Add-ons: NBA League Pass ($40/month); Fox Soccer Plus ($15/month)
Sling TV
  • Base price: $45/month (for the best package, which combines their "Blue" and "Orange" services)
  • Included: NBCSN and FS1; ESPN and ESPN2; MotorTrend
  • Missing: NFL Network and RedZone; Big Ten Network; Fox Soccer Plus; local ABC and CBS affiliates, plus most Fox RSNs
  • Add-ons: "Sports Extra" ($15/month with the Blue/Orange combined package) includes FS2; NBA TV, MLB and NHL Networks; beIN Sports; NBC Golf; Pac-12, SEC, ACC and Longhorn Networks; Tennis Channel; ESPNews and ESPNU.
Hulu Live
  • Base price: $54.99/month
  • Included: ACC, Big Ten and SEC Networks; CBS Sports and FS1/FS2; NBCSN and NBC Golf; ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews and ESPN College Extra; various Fox and NBC RSNs
  • Missing: Pac-12 and Longhorn Networks; Fox Soccer Plus and beIN Sports; MLB and NHL Networks; NBA TV; NFL Network and NFL RedZone
  • Add-ons: N/A
fuboTV
  • Base price: $54.99/month (increasing to $59.99 in August)
  • Included: Pac-12 and Big Ten Networks; FS1/FS2; NBCSN and NBC Golf; CBSSN; NFL Network; beIN Sports; MotorTrend; SNY and MSG; ACC and SEC Networks, plus ESPN all coming this summer
  • Missing: Longhorn Network; Fox RSNs
  • Add-ons: "Sports Plus" ($10.99/month) includes NFL RedZone, NHL and MLB Networks and NBA TV
AT&T TV NOW
  • Base price: $55/month
  • Included: ESPN and ESPN2; NBCSN and Fox Sports 1
  • Missing: NFL Network and RedZone; Pac-12 Network; beIN Sports
  • Add-ons: "Max Package" ($80/month) also includes Big Ten, ACC, SEC and Longhorn Networks; CBSSN and FS2; ESPNews and ESPNU; NBC Golf; Tennis Channel; YES and MSG. More expensive packages include MLB and NHL Networks, plus NBA TV.

Other:

  • DAZN: $19.99/month; limited U.S. offerings outside of boxing and MMA.
  • ESPN+: $5.99/month (up from $4.99 starting in August) for the full suite of ESPN channels and "30 for 30" library.
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