NBC launched NBCSN in 1995. It was originally the Outdoor Life Network, focusing on hunting and fishing. But its Tour de France coverage helped mainstream it. After a brief branding detour that saw it named Versus, it became the NBC Sports Network and finally just NBCSN.
While big sporting events like Sunday Night Football air on NBC, NBCSN is now the network’s go-to sports channel.
It was announced Friday, January 22 that NBCSN would be shutting down in 2021. Much of its content will be shown via USA Network. Until then, here’s everything you need to know to watch an NBCSN live stream.
What is NBCSN?
NBCSN is the go-to channel for a number of NBC sports properties; in particular, for the globally-beloved Premier League. You can stream Tour de France cycling, PGA Golf, and numerous other sports through the channel.
If you want even more sports coverage via NBC Sports, NBC Sports Gold has packages for nearly every sport it covers. Look for NBC to use Peacock for its sports as well; you’ll want the Premium version to have the full 2020-21 Premier League season.
Even better: With the NBC Sports app, you’ll also be able to watch the Golf Channel and Olympic Channel if they’re included in your cable or live TV streaming package (more on that in a bit).
How much does NBCSN cost? NBCSN sign up
The most affordable way to get NBCSN is by using Sling Blue, which is available for $30 a month. However, other live streaming services may be more prudent options depending on what channels you want to live stream.
NBCSN live stream: How to watch NBCSN online
Five of the major live TV streaming services offer NBCSN, but they vary significantly when it comes to their cost, compatible devices, and other NBC Sports channels they provide. Here’s a complete breakdown of each one. Each will let you gain access to an NBCSN live stream.
Hulu Live TV
Hulu Live TV is a great way to stream live TV, as it comes with access to Hulu’s massive library of on-demand content. You’ll be able to choose from movies, shows, and Hulu’s original programming, and keep up with what’s new each month. Hulu plans even include a bundle option where you can access Disney+ and ESPN+ along with Hulu.
Hulu Live TV’s sports coverage includes the full suite of ESPN channels (including ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, and ESPN College Extra), FS1 and FS2), NBSCN, the Olympic Channel, and the Big Ten Network. Hulu’s also got you covered for news and entertainment in its nearly 70-channel package.
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If you’re looking for a streamlined, cost-effective streaming package, check out Sling TV. It offers two basic cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. There’s also the third option of getting Sling Orange + Blue for just $45 per month. You’ll get more Sling TV channels by choosing Sling Blue, with its 40 channels including sports favorites like FS1 and NBCSN and cable mainstays like Food Network and Discovery Channel. But Sling Orange brings must-haves Disney Channel and ESPN as part of its package. There’s also a Sports Extra option for each Sling package, with MLB Network, NBA TV, and NHL Network part of each plan.
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FuboTV started as a streaming service geared toward sports fans. It’s since evolved into a broadly-appealing option with entertainment and news options alongside its robust sports choices. It starts at $54.99 a month, and depending on the package, you can access as many as 180+ FuboTV channels. Fubo can entertain you with Bravo, IFC, MTV, and VH1 at even Fubo’s most basic tier.
The Fubo channel list still includes plenty of sports, including the Fubo Sports Network, which has original programming mixing sports and humor. Fubo added the ESPN suite of channels in an agreement that also brought ABC and the Disney Channel. Pretty much every sports channel you could think of is available through Fubo, including NBCSN, BeIN Sports, CBS Sports Network, and TUDN.
AT&T TV Now
If you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs, you might consider AT&T TV Now to cover streaming for you. AT&T TV Now channels start with Plus and Max, which even include HBO. Then, AT&T plans expand from there, approaching cable selection and pricing with AT&T TV Now’s biggest packages. AT&T streaming also comes with Cloud DVR, letting you record up to 20 hours of TV per month.
At its most basic Plus tier, you can find sports staples like ESPN, ESPN2, and FS1. Considering that AT&TV TV Now plans include the loaded Ultimate and Premier tiers, as well as the Spanish-language Optimo Mas package, you can find whatever sports channel you’re seeking in at least one of the AT&T TV Now plans. Even at the Plus level, NBCSN’s there for you.
The YouTube TV channel list includes local channels and plenty to keep kids (and kids at heart) occupied, including Disney Channel and its companion channels, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network—all in one easy-to-access package. It even comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. YouTube add-ons include HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz. YouTube TV packages have some advantages over their competitors, including a generous DVR and multiple screens package. From one account, each user can create an individual profile to track favorite shows.
It’s a great option for sports fans. It comes with ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, and NBCSN at the ready. Deeper sports cuts, like NBA TV, MLB Network, CBS Sports Network, and ESPNU are also part of the YouTube TV plan.
NBC Sports app
Cost: Free to download
Devices: Roku, Apple Airplay, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox, iOS and Android devices
Once you’ve decided which of the services you want above, or if you already have cable and just need a way to live stream NBC Sports on the go, download this app immediately.
It’s a free download that gives you access to NBC Sports live, as well as access to every NBC Sports channel included in your subscription. That means you can stream regional content, the Golf Channel, and the Olympic Channel all from one spot. Plus you’ll get full even replays, some on-demand highlights, and the ability to customize alerts for your favorite teams.
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