How to Stream Big Ten Network Online Without Cable

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Watch Big Ten Network Live Stream

Big Ten Network used to be a staple of cable TV, but now you don’t need Comcast (Xfinity), Spectrum or even DIRECTV to watch college football.

That’s because there’s a new way to watch BTN and pay less than you are now. This guide will quickly show you how to live stream Big Ten Network without cable no matter where you live in the United States.

What’s the best option?

Right now, I think it’s Hulu with Live TV, which carries 50+ live channels including Big Ten Network, FS1, FS2, FOX News and ESPN.

You can watch Big Ten Network live along with any other network its channel lineup on your TV or smartphone. There’s 50 hours of Cloud DVR, and you’ll get Hulu’s on-demand library that people usually pay $7.99 per month for. You can stream Big Ten Network live on a Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Firestick, an iPhone, tablet or game consoles like XBox One and Nintendo Switch.

A subscription also lets you sign into the BTN TV app. Try out Hulu with Live TV free for 7 days.

If Hulu isn’t your thing, that’s fine. Keep reading.

How can I get Big Ten Network without Comcast, Xfinity?

It’s time for you to learn how to cut the cord if you’re a college football fan. Why? Because Comcast has already dropped BTN in regions across 29 states from its basic cable package. That means you’ll have to pay more if you want to get Big Ten Network with Comcast.

The change has prompted the #KEEPBIGTEN movement on social media. And more changes to your channel lineup on the eve of college football might be on the way.

With college football season approaching, now isn’t the time to lose Big Ten Network or FS1 due to cable TV negotiations. The first game of the season on BTN is Texas State at Rutgers at 12pm ET on Sept. 1.

All of these live TV streaming services have no contracts and no sneaky fees. But here’s one more tip on how to watch Big Ten football for free.

How to Watch Big Ten Football with a TV Antenna

Some college football games are on CBS and ABC. Many of the streaming services that I’m about to flesh out below do have local channels and regional sports channels like SEC Network, FOX Sports regional networks, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU.

Depending on where you live, a streaming service may live stream Big Ten Network, but it’s missing that local CBS station.

That might not matter because there’s an excellent chance that you can get CBS, FOX and many other local networks without paying anything. Just head over to the free online tool AntennaWeb.org and punch in your zip code or address.

You’ll see a list of broadcast towers near your home. Plug in an antenna to the coax jack in the back of your TV and under setting scan for channels for OTA (over-the-air) or “Air TV”.

For more tips on using TV antennas, read my months long study: The Best Indoor TV Antennas of 2018 and How to Choose the Best TV Antenna & DVR.

Runner up: Stream Big Ten Network live on fuboTV

fuboTV is a sports-first streaming platform that has Big Ten Network, FS1, FS2 and PAC 12 Networks.

But fuboTV isn’t all about sports. There are entertainment channels like A&E, Bravo, FX, two Hallmark channels and National Geographic. The Weather Channel, CBSN and FOX News are in the 80+ channel lineup too.

There’s 30 hours of Cloud DVR, and you don’t even need to rely on that to record games. fuboTV has a “lookback” feature that works like an on-demand for all kinds of sporting events that aired in the last 72 hours.

Regional Fox Sports channels are available along with locals like CBS, FOX and NBC in many parts of the U.S. You can look over fubo’s channels to see what locals are offered in your area.

With a fuboTV subscription, you can sign in to the BTN TV app, FOX Sports Go app for live streams of college football games outside of your home. There are about 39 apps that you can sign into total on your streaming device or smartphone.

fuboTV has its own app for live streaming on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Fire Sticks, Apple TV and Android TV devices like NVIDIA Shield TV. You can also live stream Big Ten Network on your iPhone and Android smartphone using the fubo mobile app.

There’s a free 7-day trial, and new subscribers who don’t cancel online get their first month for $10 off of the regular rate of $44.99. Take a look at my review of fuboTV if you want to know more about the service. Below are a few more options to kick around.

Playstation Vue: Watch Big 10 Football Online

PlayStation Vue has four channel bundles, but you’ll need the Core package if you want to live stream Big Ten Network. The Core package has about 68+ live channels and unlimited Cloud DVR for $55 per month.

You can stream on up to five devices at once, but it’s one of the pricer options out there. AMC, Animal Planet, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network are included in the Core package. PS Vue works on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV devices, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 game consoles. Streaming on a PC is an option too.

You can watch Big Ten Network live on PlayStation Vue’s mobile app for iPhone and Android smartphones. Sony offers a free 5-day trial.

Youtube TV: Live Stream Big Ten Network Online

YouTube TV has Big Ten Network as part of a 50+ channel lineup for $40 per month. You’ll find some other college football gems like SEC Network, FS1, FS2 and ESPNU.

YouTube TV works with Roku, Apple TV and Android TV devices. It doesn’t have an app with Fire TV or Fire Stick because of its ongoing dispute with Amazon. So if you own a Fire Stick or snazzy new Fire TV Cube, you’ll need to look elsewhere to live stream Big Ten Network.

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YouTube TV has Big Ten Network and SEC Network in its channel lineup.

If you’re worried about getting local channels, YouTube TV might be a good fit. The streaming service put an emphasis on getting local channels into its lineup when it launched.

YouTube TV is about tied with fuboTV in second place — behind Hulu with Live TV — when it comes to having the most CBS, NBC and FOX stations across the U.S. Try out YouTube TV free for 7-days.

DirecTV Now: Big Ten Network Live Stream

To watch Big Ten Network online with DirecTV Now, you’ll need to subscribe to the “Just Right” channel bundle for $55 per month.

BTN is part of a 85+ live channel package that includes regional sports networks and entertainment channels like AMC, BBC America, CNN, Nicktoons and Sundance TV.

DirecTV Now offers a free 7-day trial and works on major streaming devices like Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV.

Is Big Ten Network on Sling TV?

No. Sling TV has no agreement with Big Ten Network. For a little while, Sling TV subscribers were using the FOX Sports Go app to live stream Big Ten Network. But that workaround has since been closed off.

CBS All Access: Stream Big 10 Football Live  

CBS All Access is a good addition to stream Big Ten football games that appear on local CBS stations. I’d suggest giving this service a try if you can’t get a local CBS station from an antenna or a streaming service.

It costs only $5.99 per month, and you’ll get a massive on-demand library of CBS shows, a live stream of your local CBS station and original shows like “Star Trek:Discovery” and “Strange Angel”. You can check out a free trial for 7-days. CBS All Access has apps for Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and just about every major streaming device.

What is BTN Plus?

BTN Plus is a subscription based service that does NOT have college football games. It’s basically a catch-all for games that aren’t aired on TV. So we’re talking about women’s volleyball matches, not college football.

What’s the Best Way to Watch Big Ten Network Without Cable?

Hulu with Live TV is the best deal for most people for getting Big Ten Network without cable.

That’s especially true for people replacing their Comcast subscription because Hulu with Live TV has more local channels like FOX, ABC, CBS and NBC than any other live TV streaming service. So you don’t have to worry about missing any college football games or even NFL games.

You’ll get 50+ live channels, including sports networks like ESPN, FS1, FS2 and SEC Network. Local CBS and ABC are included in the channel lineup alongside entertainment networks like HGTV for $40 per month. That’s a lot less than paying for cable, especially when you learn how to get an affordable internet connection.

Subscribers get 50 hours of Cloud DVR. Hulu’s on-demand library is included with your subscription. So you’re essentially getting two streaming services for the price of one. You can also use your Hulu subscription to sign into apps for networks like Big Ten Network, WatchESPN, A&E and HGTV.

You should head over to the Hulu with Live TV site to look over the channel lineup by typing in your zip code. You can also sign up for a free 7-day trial, and just cancel online if you don’t like the service. Unlike cable, there are no contracts or obligations to try out the service for free.

If I wasn’t going with Hulu for Big 10 coverage, I’d also consider trying fuboTV, which gets you an 80+ channel lineup that includes Big Ten Network, FS1, FS2 and PAC-12 Networks. A subscription costs $44.99 per month, but new customers get $10 off their first month if they keep the service after a free 7-day trial.

If you cancel the trial beforehand? No problem. That’s the beauty of using a live streaming service instead of cable. No more hassles or oddball fees. Look over fuboTV’s channel lineup and see if it’s worth considering.

So how are you going to stream Big Ten Network without cable? Tell fellow readers in the comments below. And be sure to check out the schedule of games of clicking the headline below.

BIG TEN NETWORK 2018 TV SCHEDULE

September 1, 2018
Texas State @ Rutgers
12pm ET
BTN

September 1, 2018
Appalachian State @ Penn State
3:30pm ET
BTN

September 1, 2018
Texas @ Maryland (FedEx Field)
12pm ET
FS1

September 1, 2018
Northern Illinois @ Iowa
3:30pm ET
BTN

September 1, 2018
Kent State @ Illinois
12pm ET
BTN

September 8, 2018
Rutgers @ Ohio State
3:30pm T
BTN

September 8, 2018
Virginia @ Indiana
7:30pm ET
BTN

September 8, 2018
Western Illinois @ Illinois
7:30pm ET
BTN

September 8, 2018
Western Michigan @ Michigan
12pm ET
FS1

September 8, 2018
Frenso State @ Minnesota
7:30pm ET
FS1

September 8, 2018
New Mexico @ Wisconsin
12pm ET
BTN

September 8, 2018
Eastern Michigan @ Purdue
12pm ET
BTN

September 15, 2018
Kent State @ Penn State
12pm ET
FS1

September 15, 2018
Troy @ Nebraska
12pm ET
BTN

September 15, 2018
Temple @ Maryland
12pm ET
BTN

September 15, 2018
Ball State @ Indiana
12pm ET
BTN

September 15, 2018
SMU @ Michigan
3:30pm ET
BTN

September 15, 2018
South Florida vs. Illinois (@ Soldier Field)
3:30pm ET
BTN

September 15, 2018
Miami Ohio @ Minnesota
3:30pm ET
BTN

September 15, 2018
Missouri @ Purdue
7:30pm ET
BTN

September 15, 2018
Northern Iowa @ Iowa
7:30pm ET
BTN

September 15, 2018
Akron @ Northwestern
7:30pm ET
BTN

September 21, 2018
Penn State @ Illinois
9:00pm ET
FS1

October 20, 2018
Michigan @ Michigan State
TBA
FOX/FS1

October 26, 2018
Indiana @ Minnesota
8:00pm ET
FS1

*credit: keepbigten.com



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