UPDATED on May 13, 2021
How to Stream Big Ten Network
Big Ten Network is available on AT&T TV, fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and Vidgo. Sling TV struck a last minute deal to carry Big Ten Network for the 2020 season.
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 65+ live channels including Big Ten Network, FS1, FS2, FOX News and ESPN.
You can watch Big Ten Network live along with any other network in 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 $5.99 per month for.
Hulu + Live TV has a free trial that lasts for 7 days.
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 costs $64.99 per month, and lets you sign into the BTN TV app.
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 an on-again, off-again relationship with BTN. A couple years ago, Big Ten Network was dropped across 29 states from Comcast’s basic cable package. That meant paying more to get Big Ten Network with Comcast.
You may also remember of the channel blackout scare that happened on the eve of college football season.
Now isn’t the time to lose Big Ten Network or FS1 due to cable TV negotiations.
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”.
Runner up: Stream Big Ten Network live on fuboTV
fuboTV is a sports-first streaming platform that has Big Ten Network, ESPN, ESPN2, 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 110+ 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 NBC Sports networks are available along with locals like ABC, 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 activate the BTN TV 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.
If you own a 4K TV, then take note: fuboTV is the only streaming service that live streams select sporting events in 4K HDR.
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 for new customers. A subscription costs $64.99 per month.
Below are a few more options to kick around.
Is Big Ten Network on Sling TV?
Yes. Sling TV is now the cheapest option for watching Big Ten Network at $46 per month.
Big Ten Network retured to Sling TV just before the 2020 season of Big Ten Football.
Sign up for the Sling Blue plan with the Sports Extra package to get Big Ten Network in your channel lineup. Sling Blue costs $30 per month.
Sports Extra costs $11 more per month and carries about 15 channels.
SEC Network, Big Ten Network, PAC 12 Network, Longhorn Network ACC Network, ACC Network Extra, ESPNU and ESPNews are some of the key channels on Sports Extra that carry college football.
When you sign up for Sling TV, there are no contracts, or extra fees like cable TV. If you plan on signing up for an entire season of Big 10 football, you might want to pre-pay for a couple of months and get a free streaming device instead.
Vidgo: Big Ten on TV or mobile
Vidgo is among the newest players in the live TV streaming market.
Subscribers get ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and PAC-12 Network as part of an 85+ channel lineup.
You can stream on up to three devices at once. Vidgo has apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV devices such as Google Chromecast.
Youtube TV: Live Stream Big Ten Network Online
YouTube TV has Big Ten Network as part of a 85+ channel lineup for $64.99 per month. You’ll find some other college football gems like SEC Network, FS1, FS2 and ESPNU.
YouTube TV works with Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV and Android TV devices such as Google Chromecast with Google TV.
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.
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 65+ 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 $64.99 per month.
You can get a free 7-day trial of Hulu with Live TV even if you already subscribe to Hulu on-demand.
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. Just cancel online if you don’t like the service. Unlike cable, there are no contracts or obligations.
If I wasn’t going with Hulu for Big 10 coverage, I’d also consider trying fuboTV, which gets you an 110+ channel lineup that includes Big Ten Network, FS1, FS2 and PAC-12 Networks. A subscription costs $59.99 per month after a free 7-day trial.
If you cancel the trial beforehand? No problem. That’s the beauty of using a live streaming service like fuboTV 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.
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