How to stream ACC Network

To catch all the ACC college basketball and football action, you'll want this channel.

Sep 14, 2018, 6:55 am

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The ACC Network is live and available to cord-cutting sports fans, be in college basketball fans who want to check out its perennial powerhouse conference, or college football fans who want to see some of the best quarterbacks in the nation.

Like streaming networks from the other power conferences, ACC Network offers conference games, including the first games in the ACC Basketball Tournament, and in-house programming. Here’s what you need to know about where the stream the 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—most notably Clemson and Virginia Tech—and it absolutely dominates in NCAA basketball, thanks to Duke, North Carolina (most years), Florida State, Louisville, and Virginia. 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.” 

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.

How to watch ACC Network

1) Hulu with Live TV

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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

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ACC Network is available in two of Sling TV’s packages: the $30-per-month Sling Orange (seen below) and $45-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, and YouTube TV. All those services have plenty of local channels.


3) AT&T TV Now

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  • Cost: $65-$135 per month
  • AT&T TV Now devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)

AT&T TV Now is a bonus for AT&T wireless customers, especially for those who happen to be soccer fans. It provides instant access to more than 45 channels, including local channels. That means NBC as well as NBCSN for Premier League action, Fox as well as FS1 and FS2 for MLS, Bundesliga, the U.S. men’s and women’s teams, and even Liga MX offerings, and ESPN and ESPN2 for its array of soccer and other sports programming. It even offers free HBO on PLUS and MAX channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR for up to 20 hours of TV recording per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.


4) Vidgo

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Vidgo
  • Cost: $14.99-24.99 or $39.99-$49.99 per month
  • Vidgo devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices

Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package, including ABC, Fox, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes and BeIN Sports, for sports fans. It offers an array of entertainment favorites, including A&E, HGTV, History, Lifetime, and a full range of Nickelodeon channels, including TeenNick and NickToons. College sports fans will love it, too: The ACCN, Big Ten Network, the Longhorn Network, and Pac-12 Network are all on the Core package, and for $10 more, the Plus package offers all six market-specific Pac-12 Networks.  If you just want your Vidgo en Español, it features programming from throughout the Americas and even Spain in two skinny packages. Both the Latino Streaming Plan ($14.99 per month) and Latino Mas Streaming Plan ($24.99 per month) include BeIN’s main Spanish-language channel, TyC Sports, and Azteca America, while the higher tier adds DAZN, Fox Deportes, and ESPN Deportes. Also, through its Vidgo app, it’s offering the option of Social TV, which allows Vidgo users to connect in real-time as they’re watching programming on their phones.


5) YouTube TV

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YouTube TV is a great option for college football fans, including ESPN and FS1. It now carries ACC Network.


6) WatchESPN

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If you have a cable subscription or if your live TV package includes ESPN (for example, 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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