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If you can have access to ESPN, you can watch SEC Network.
No one dominates college football quite like the SEC, and if you want to catch all the action on Saturdays, you’ll want to watch SEC Network. The channel makes it easy for you to live stream 45 SEC football games you won’t see anywhere else. There are a number of live TV streaming services that carry SEC Network, and we’ve broken down what you need to know about each one below.
What is the SEC Network?
The SEC Network is a sports channel that features live games, highlights, and news from the Southeastern Conference: University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, University of Missouri, University of South Carolina, University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University, University of Alabama, University of Arkansas, Auburn University, Louisiana State University, University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, and Texas A&M University.
It’s produced and hosted by ESPN. Basically, if you have a way to watch ESPN online, you can also watch SEC Network and SEC Network+ (more on that in a minute).
It’s not just for college football, either. SEC Network broadcasts roughly 75 baseball games, 100 men’s basketball games (and 60 women’s), along with 50 softball games and track and field events. SEC Network also offers original programming, like the daily news show SEC Now, The Paul Finebaum Show, and the documentary series SEC Storied (be sure to check out the episode on “Pistol” Pete Maravich).
What is SEC Network Plus?
SEC Network Plus (more commonly styled as SEC Network+) is not a channel that you’ll find on DirecTV or with any live TV streaming service. It functions more like ESPN+. It’s an ESPN-only bonus feature that allows you to watch SEC games on the ESPN site and WatchESPN app. That doesn’t mean you can’t watch it on your TV; you’ll just need something like a streaming device like Chromecast or a smart TV where you can add ESPN.
Unlike ESPN+, you don’t have to pay extra for SEC Network+. So long as you have a way to watch ESPN online, you’ll have access to SEC Network+ games.
If you do see two SEC Network channels with your cable company or in your live TV streaming package, the second one is not SEC Network+. It’s SEC Network Alliance, which functions as a spillover channel in case two games conflict, which is often the case if there’s a delay or overtime.
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How to watch SEC Network: 5 ways to live stream
Cost: $40 per month
Hulu with Live TV takes everything you already love about Hulu and tacks on 40 channels of live TV. That includes the SEC Network, which is just one part of a suite of ESPN channels (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, and ESPNU). You’ll also get FS1 and FS2 and a host of other essentials. (You can see the full Hulu Live TV channel lineup here.) The only thing notably absent is AMC. For an extra $4 per month, you can upgrade to Hulu with No Commercials, which will save you some time if you binge TV shows on Hulu.
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Cost: $49.99-$79.99 per month
Local channels: Yes (Enter your ZIP code here to check your availability.)
There are four tiers of PlayStation Vue channels, and you’ll need at least the Core package to watch SEC Network, which costs $49.99 per month. With 60 channels, Core offers Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, ESPN News, ESPNU, NBC Golf, MLB Network, NBA TV, and, for what it’s worth, NFL Network. What’s particularly great about PlayStation Vue is that it’s Kodi compatible.
Game-changing feature: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s unlimited cloud DVR.
3) YouTube TV
Cost: $40 per month
YouTube TV offers both SEC Network and Big Ten Network in its lone channel package. You’ll also get ESPN, FS1, MLB Network, and NBA TV. It’s not the most comprehensive package of channels, but it certainly gets the job done. You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.
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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.
4) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- 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)
You have to jump through a couple of hoops to watch SEC Network on Sling TV, but it’s worth it if you’re trying to save money. SEC Network is available only as part of the Sports Extra package for Sling Orange (but not Sling Blue). That add-on package costs $5 per month, in addition to Sling Orange’s $25 per month, which brings your total to $30 per month. (If I’m not mistaken, you can also add the Sling Orange Sports Extra package to Sling Orange + Blue, which costs $40 per month.) It’s a little confusing, but you can see a full breakdown of Sling TV channels here. But with that low, low price, you’ll also get ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, NHL Network, NBA TV, and Pac-12 Network, as well as SEC Network Alliance.
Game-changing feature: Price. Sling TV offers the most college football for the least amount of money.
5) DirecTV Now
- Cost: $40-$75 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- DirecTV Now devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire Stick
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check local availability)
DirecTV Now comes in five different sizes. (You can see a full breakdown of DirecTV Now channels here.) For SEC Network, you can get away with the aptly named Just Right, which costs $55 per month and also includes ESPN and NFL Network, alongside AMC, Comedy Central, FS1, FX, HGTV, NBCSN, MTV, MSNBC, Syfy, and TNT. It’s a steep price, but you can add HBO for just $5 a month.
Game-changing feature: AT&T Unlimited customers can save $25 a month off every DirecTV Now package.
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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.