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It’s that time of year when having an NBC Sports live stream becomes absolutely essential. Not only will you want to watch Sunday Night Football, but the NHL and NBA seasons are also upon us—not to mention the Premier League.

No matter what sport you’re into, there’s always something to watch on NBC Sports (and the closely affiliated NBCSN). NBC Sports hosts the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Triple Crown, the French Open, and PGA tour events, in addition to dedicated regional sports coverage in Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Portland, the Bay Area, and Washington, D.C. That means you’ll get a ton of additional local games if you’re in one of those markets. Here’s the breakdown provided by NBC Sports in the App Store:

  • NBA: 76ers, Bulls, Celtics, Kings, Trail Blazers, Warriors, and Wizards
  • NHL: Blackhawks, Capitals, Flyers, and Sharks
  • MLB: Athletics, Cubs, Giants, Mets, Phillies, and White Sox
  • MLS: Earthquakes and Revolution

Even better: With the NBC Sports app, you’ll also be able to watch the Golf Channel and Olympic Channel if they’re included in your cable or live TV streaming package (more on that in a bit).

Here’s everything you need to know about NBC Sports streaming to help you catch all the action—and hopefully save some money too.

NBC Sports live stream: 7 ways to watch NBCSN online

All six of the major live TV streaming services offer NBCSN, but they vary significantly when it comes to their cost, compatible devices, and other NBC Sports channels they provide. Here’s a complete breakdown of each one.

1) Hulu with Live TV

  • Cost: $40 per month
  • Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: Yes (Check your local availability here.)
  • Channels included: NBCSN, Olympic Channel, Golf Channel

Hulu with Live TV offers the best of all worlds when it comes to streaming NBC Sports and NBC because you’re also getting the Golf Channel and Olympic Channel (hey, you’ll appreciate it in a couple of years). But Hulu also offers the best way for you to catch up on your favorite NBC shows and other live sports. (Here’s a complete guide to Hulu Live TV channels.)

Game-changing feature: Every subscription comes with free access to Hulu’s on-demand library, meaning you can catch up on all of your favorite shows. (Here are our picks for the best movies on Hulu, Hulu documentaries, anime, and the must-see Hulu originals.)

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Hulu with Live TV channels

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2) YouTube TV

With YouTube TV, you’ll get access to a full suite of NBC Sports channels in addition to specialty options like NBA TV and MLB Network and other live sports essentials (ESPN, FS1). Sure, there’s plenty of filler, but with options like AMC, MSNBC, Syfy, and FX, you’re getting a pretty comprehensive package. (Here’s a complete guide to YouTube TV channels.)

Game-changing feature: You can add up to six accounts per household, and each one of those accounts gets unlimited cloud DVR. Even better: You can fast-forward through ads in recorded programs.

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YouTube TV

3) FuboTV

  • Cost: $39.99 for your first month and $44.99 per month thereafter (with a seven-day free trial)
  • Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: Yes. (Check local availability here.)
  • Channels included: NBC Sports, NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel

Given its reputation as a sports streaming service, it’s not surprising that FuboTV is a great way to watch NBC Sports online, but it’s worth noting that, in checking my local availability, it was the only one that confirmed I’d receive a regional NBC Sports channel as well. That’s on top of an already stellar collection of channels that includes NFL Network, NBA TV, and Big Ten Network. If you have to have ESPN, though, you’re out of luck. (Here’s a complete guide to FuboTV channels.)

Game-changing feature: Three-day replay for games and 30 hours of cloud DVR.

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FuboTV

4) DirecTV Now

If you’re already a DirecTV customer, you can save a boatload of money every month switching to DirecTV Now, the company’s streaming alternative. You’ll get most of the same channels, too. An NBCSN live stream is included in the introductory Live a Little package ($40 per month), but you’ll have to upgrade to Go Big ($65 per month) for the Golf Channel. Even then, that’s still a great deal, comparatively speaking. Here’s a complete guide to DirecTV Now channels.)

Game-changing feature: AT&T Unlimited customers can save $25 a month off every DirecTV Now package.

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DirecTV Now’s Live a Little package

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5) PlayStation Vue

  • Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month
  • Devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: Yes (Enter your ZIP code here to check your availability.)
  • Channels included: NBC (Access), Golf Channel, Olympic, and NBC Sports (Core)

PlayStation Vue runs a little more expensive than the rest of the competition. That’s especially true when it comes to streaming NBCSN. To get NBC Sports, along with the Golf Channel and Olympic Channel, you’ll have to upgrade to the Core package for $49.99 per month, but there’s just not much bang for your buck. (Here’s a complete guide to PlayStation Vue channels.)

Game-changing feature: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s unlimited cloud DVR.

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PlayStation Vue’s Access package

6) Sling TV

While one of the leaders in live TV streaming, Sling TV is not one of the better options for NBC Sports streaming. That’s because NBCSN is only available in two of its packages: Sling Blue ($25 per month) and Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month). But even with those packages, Sling TV notes NBC and NBC Sports are only available in select markets, so you’ll want to double-check your availability with the link above. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels.)

Game-changing feature: Price. But when it comes to a NBC Sports live stream, you get what you pay for. 

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7) NBC Sports app

Cost: Free to download

Devices: Roku, Apple Airplay, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox, iOS and Android devices

Once you’ve decided which of the services you want above, or if you already have cable and just need a way to live stream NBC Sports on the go, download this app immediately. Not only will you be able to watch NBC Sports live, but you’ll also have access to every NBC Sports channel that’s included in your subscription. That means you can stream regional content, the Golf Channel, and the Olympic Channel all from one spot. Plus you’ll get full even replays, some on-demand highlights, and the ability to customize alerts for your favorite teams. Did I mention the app is completely free?

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Austin Powell

Austin Powell

Austin Powell is the 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.