- In normal times, the Big Ten Network would be your go-to channel for following college football and other conference sports.
- Upon Tuesday’s announcement that the Big Ten is suspending fall sports due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Big Ten Network was covering the news with a perspective no other channel could possibly bring.
- Between its The B1G Show and its curated selection of classic games and competitions, the Big Ten Network is getting fans through the pause in live sports.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch a Big Ten Network live stream.
What is the Big Ten Network?
Operated by Fox Sports, Big Ten Network is a sports channel devoted to the Big Ten Conference. In case you’re not already a fan, these are the schools in one of the nation’s oldest conferences, dating back to 1896:
- Indiana University
- Michigan State University
- Northwestern University
- Ohio State University
- Penn State University
- Purdue University
- Rutgers University
- University of Illinois
- University of Iowa
- University of Maryland
- University of Michigan
- University of Minnesota
- University of Nebraska
- University of Wisconsin
Typically, Big Ten Network hosts hundreds of live sporting events every year and covers every sport. It’s been essential during college football season in particular, and fans also tune in en masse during the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament.
But there’s more to watch on Big Ten Network than just games and highlights. It’s arguably the best conference sports channel. In normal times, it features seven different weekly shows devoted to Big Ten football, most notably Big Ten Tonight, Big Ten Tailgate, and Big Ten Football Saturday.
Stream Big Ten Network live: How to watch Big Ten Network online
When it comes to Big Ten Network streaming, most of the major live TV services carry the channel, and your subscription doubles as your entry pass to the Fox Sports app (detailed below). The only major streaming service that doesn’t carry Big Ten Network is Sling TV.
FuboTV started as a streaming service geared toward sports fans, but it’s evolved into a broadly-appealing option with entertainment and news options alongside its robust sports choices. FuboTV starts at $54.99 a month, and depending on the package, you can access as many as 180+ FuboTV channels. If you’re looking to be entertained, Bravo, IFC, MTV, and VH1 are options even at 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. The ESPN suite of channels was added as part of an agreement that also brought ABC and the Disney Channel. Pretty much every sports channel you could think of is available through Fubo, including BeIN Sports, CBS Sports Network, and TUDN. The Big Ten Network is part of Fubo’s base package.
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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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 Xtra and Ultimate 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. If you’re looking for Big Ten Network, you can get in at the Choice, Xtra, or Ultimate tier to stream it.
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, Big Ten Network, 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.
Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package. Vidgo channels include ABC, Fox, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), NFL Network, and it’s one of the few streaming services that carries BeIN Sports. It also carries Big Ten Network on both its English-language plans.
But it’s like Fubo in that, even though it started out for streaming sports, it carries a lot more now. There’s even a Social TV platform that allows you to chat with other Vidgo viewers about what you’re watching.
There’s also two Latino options featuring ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes, and TyC sports at both levels. At the Plus level on the English side, you get NFL RedZone and all the Pac-12 Network regional options.
- Cost: Depends on the provider
- Devices: Apple TV, iPad, Android TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Amazon Kindle, Roku, iOS and Android devices (full list here)
What’s great about the Fox Sports Go app is that it unlocks the entire Fox Sports network, so long as the channel you want to watch is part of your cable or live TV package. That means you can use any of the options above with Fox Sports Go. (The Big Ten Network was once available on mobile through BTN2Go, on a separate app that functions similarly, but now it’s in the Fox Sports Go mix.)
With Fox Sports Go, you can watch FS1, FS2, Fox College Sports, Fox Soccer Plus, your regional Fox affiliate, and even Fox Deportes so long as you have an internet connection.
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