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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. In Week 3, for example, ACC Network Extra is showing Georgia Tech vs. Pittsburgh.
A revamped version of ACC Network is reportedly set to launch next year. Until then, here’s how to watch an ACC Network live stream.
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How to watch ACC Network Extra: 3 ways to live stream games
1) Sling TV
Cost: $25-$40 per month
ACC Network Extra 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. You’ll be grateful for it too because a lot of ACC football games end up on the channel.
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, but the Georgia Tech vs. Pittsburgh game will be available on ACC Network Extra via ESPN. Here’s our complete guide to streaming ESPN without cable.
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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.
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.
Here’s hoping there’s a better way to stream ACC Network on the horizon.
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