The Best Sports Streaming Services for 2022
Summary: Live sports coverage is a huge draw for cable subscribers, but you can get the same content, if not more, from a dedicated streaming service.
On-demand streaming video services may include sports commentary, but the best option for fans of sports is the one that offers all the networks you require. NFL fans still have the easiest job. You don't need to be a member of any regional networks to view all NFL games. The games on local broadcast affiliates almost always show local teams. You can also watch other sports programs, such as PGA Tour events on CBS, Golf Channel, or NBC, and NASCAR races on FOX, FS1, or NBC.
Some NBA and MLB games are available on national channels. That said, many of the games from these leagues air on RSNs owned by Sinclair (Bally Sports, previously known as FOX Sports), Comcast (NBC Sports), or AT&T (SportsNet). DirecTV Stream currently has the most RSNs available from all of these owners. Depending on where you live, there may be different RSNs that are required to view sports in your area. You can check each RSN's listing page for details about which teams they broadcast.
Many sports fans used Locast to be the best option because they could access local channels for a low price. However, that service is no longer available. The most well-known is NBA League Pass and NFL Game Pass.TV is the best-known example. PokerGO even has its own streaming platform. You don't have to subscribe to the whole cable service if you are only interested in a particular sport or team. These services limit your ability to view games after the game has been broadcast on all channels.
Dazn, on the other hand, is better for users in international markets (such as Germany, Switzerland, Japan, and Italy) who want to watch mainstream US sports. It does offer a mixture of Boxing and MMA content for US subscribers.
We restricted the list to services that stream sports live events. It's not worth cutting the cable if it's impossible to watch your favorite teams live. Although sports commentary and sports programs are valuable, they do not automatically make a streaming service a "sports streaming service. This is despite HBO Max's historical associations with boxing as well as current sports shows like Hard Knocks and Ballers. However, this could be changing as HBO Max may start streaming live NHL games next year. Starz is not eligible as they charge extra for live streaming MMA content. Amazon Prime Video streams Thursday Night Football and selected MLB games in New York, but it does not qualify.
While the focus of this roundup is on sports content, these services do not exist in a bubble. It's possible that your family doesn't want to pay for a monthly subscription. These options can cost up to $60 per month depending on which package you select.
Add-ons and upgrades can make it even more expensive. The best streaming sports services offer a wide range of entertainment and news programming. However, Dazn and ESPN+ are mainly focused on sporting content. Amazon Prime Video and Paramount+ offer huge libraries of movies and show to stream along with their live sporting content. Hulu + Live TV gives you access to an extensive library of TV series, films, and TV shows.
A good DVR service is a must if you are unable to watch the match for any reason. You can watch the video for as long or less than you pay. We could not find any service that allows for offline recording, but some video streaming services do allow you to save recordings. This will not be an issue if the service supports simultaneous streaming. Most streaming services support two streams simultaneously, although many add-ons are available that allow you to increase this limit.
However, the quality of the stream may not be the same as cable. You may sometimes find streaming services that only support 720p. Smooth streaming at 1080p requires that you have an internet connection capable of reaching the minimum bandwidth requirements for each service. Hulu+ Live TV, Paramount+, and YouTube TV were among the tested services that allow 1080p/60fps streaming on selected platforms. You will need more bandwidth and a compatible device to stream at 4K resolution. YouTube TV and FuboTV are two exceptions.
Both offer 4K streaming, but you will need to pay an additional monthly fee to access them. You can stream major sports events online, like the Super Bowl and Masters. There are also legal options.
If it isn't, you can find a subreddit or sports streaming website with many hosted links to any sport or event. These sites are not permitted. However, many companies offer free streaming of major sporting events online. Twitch, which is the best place to stream video games live online, was also included in this roundup by Ben Moore.