The BYU Cougars and Coach Kalani Sitake travel to Hawaii to take on the Rainbow Warriors in a Christmas Eve bowl that has the host as a participant for the third time in the last four seasons. Sitake and Hawaii head coach Nick Rolovich are each in their fourth seasons with their programs; Coach Sitake is 2-0 and Rolovich is 1-1.
The Cougars (7-5) season has featured a road win at Tennessee and a home overtime win against USC, and the Warriors (9-5) went 6-2 at home even after losing to Air Force 56-26 in Honolulu. BYU enters the game a 2-point favorite with the superior defense and a better strength of schedule, but the Warriors have a high-powered passing offense led by QB Cole McDonald, who needs about 25 more yards than his usual 325 yards per game average to pass 4,000 yards for the season.
Here’s how to watch the fun and cheerful Hawaii Bowl.
- Location: Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii
- Date: 8pm ET, Tuesday, Dec. 24
- Streaming: ESPN
How to stream Hawai’i vs. BYU live: Watch the Hawaii Bowl
The following services offer a one-week trial.
1) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $25-$40 per month (40% first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV,Roku,Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling offers a ton of live sports. Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $25 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NFL Network, NBCSN, and local channels. If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $40 per month. Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month) also includes NFL RedZone.
For $10 extra per month, you can get NFL RedZone via the Sling Blue Sports Extra package.
How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.”
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels. While select NFL and college football games (on Fox, FS1, and FS2) are no longer on Sling, you can still catch Fox games with AirTV.
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings, including ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
3) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
YouTube TV is a great option for college football: Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, FS1, FS2, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN News, and ESPNU are all here and offer a nearly 360 programming platter of action. (Take a look at the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
Hawaii Bowl: Why it matters
Hawaii is only 1-3 in Hawaii Bowls since losing big in the 2008 Sugar Bowl against Georgia, so the Rainbow Warriors need to get their homefield advantage back—their opponents are traveling nearly 3,000 miles. Sitake needs a big win after just 11 wins in his second and third seasons, and getting BYU an eighth win will be great for his job security and BYU recruiting.
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