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As of late August 2019, the ACC Network is live and available to cord-cutting sports fans—just as the college football season kicks off. Like streaming networks from the other power conferences, ACC Network offers conference games and in-house programming. Here’s what you need to know about where the stream the newly christened network.
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A word about ACC Network Extra
If you want to watch ACC Network Extra online, you must be a die-hard fan. Sure, the conference boasts some of the best college football teams in the country—Clemson, Notre Dame, Florida State, and Miami, and Virginia Tech—and it absolutely dominates in NCAA basketball, thanks to North Carolina, Syracuse, Duke, Maryland, and Wake Forest, among others. But ACC Network Extra only broadcasts a small percentage of live games, and it doesn’t make it easy to figure what’s available and how to watch.
But we can help. Here’s everything you need to know to watch ACC Network Extra online.
What is ACC Network Extra?
ACC Network Extra is a specialty sports channel that, according to a recent press release for Comcast’s X1 service, offers “access more than 600 exclusive live events from across the conference via ACC Network Extra, with that number growing each year.” You certainly wouldn’t know that from looking at the live events page on the ACC Network’s site, which is blank, or by following its official Twitter account, which hasn’t posted since May 2017.
It’s actually part of the larger ESPN network, and it live streams at least one game a week. It won’t be one of the biggest games of the week—those will be featured on one of ESPN’s other channels or ABC—but it might be the one you’re looking for.
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How to watch ACC Network
- Cost: $44.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- 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. It now carries ACC Network.
2) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (40% off the first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
ACC Network is available in two of Sling TV’s packages: the $25-per-month Sling Orange (seen below) and $40-per-month Sling Orange + Blue, which has everything below and quite a few more cable sports channels. (You can see a full list of Sling TV channels here.) The best part of this introductory package is that it contains ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3, the latter of which is actually quite difficult to find in online TV packages.
How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of the 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.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 5-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
PlayStation Vue is a fantastic option for fans who already own a PlayStation console, but this streaming platform is available on a variety of devices. ESPN and FS1 are part of the Core package of channels, and the options increase at the Elite and Ultra levels. It now carries ACC Network.
4) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- 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)
- Cost: Varies
- Devices: Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Android and iOS devices
If you have a cable subscription or if your live TV package includes ESPN (like with Sling TV), you can use your login credentials to watch college football games on ESPN (not to be confused with ESPN+, the network’s new standalone app). You can either download the app or just click the Watch tab on the main ESPN site (shown below). As you can see, the best ACC games will be shown on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU. Here’s our complete guide to streaming ESPN without cable. The ACC Network has deals with Dish, Spectrum, DirecTV, and Verizon Fios.
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- How to watch NFL RedZone without cable
- How to watch NFL Network online
- How to watch Thursday Night Football for free on Twitch
- How to stream NFL games online: A complete guide to the 2018 season
6) ACC Network website (ACC Network Extra)
- Cost: Free
The good news: All of the games and ACC events that broadcast on the ACC Network Extra site are free to watch, no sign-in or cable company required.
- How to stream Pac-12 Network online
- FuboTV channels: The complete list for every live TV package
- PlayStation Vue channels: The complete list for every live TV package
- What is ESPN+ and how does it work? Cost, features & live games
The bad news: It’s incredibly difficult to find something resembling a schedule. The app isn’t any better. The reviews in the Google Play store make it clear it’s more hassle and frustration than it’s worth.
New to cord-cutting? Here are our picks for the best movie streaming sites and free live TV apps and channels. If you’re looking for a specific channel, here’s how to watch HBO, Showtime, Starz, Sundance TV, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, Willow, AMC, FX, Fox News, Freeform, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FS1, TBS, TNT, Tennis Channel, Golf Channel, Syfy, HGTV, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Bravo, Lifetime, Discovery, PBS, the CW, BBC, CSPAN, NBA TV, MTV, Comedy Central, Food Network, TLC, HLN, A&E, Animal Planet, National Geographic, the Weather Channel, the History Channel, and NFL RedZone without cable, as well as free movies on YouTube. If you’re on the move, here’s how to watch Fox Sports Go and live stream NBC Sports.
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Austin Powell is the former managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.