How to Stream NESN and NESNPlus for Red Sox games
Living without cable got a lot easier when there were a couple options for streaming live Red Sox games on NESN.
Now you have three cable-free choices for watching live Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins games.
fuboTV and DIRECTV STREAM carry NESN and NESNPlus in their channel lineups. And NESN 360 offers a standalone option for watching live games. But pricing and the fine print are different for each streaming service.
So if you’ve already cut the cord, but still want to watch Boston Red Sox or Boston Bruins games, you need to weigh the pros and cons before making any decisions.
NESN is available to subscribers in the New England market, including Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and most of Connecticut. The only exception is Fairfield County, Connecticut, which is considered part of the New York City market.
Table of Contents
- How to Stream NESN and NESNPlus for Red Sox games
- Stream Red Sox, Boston Bruins games on Roku, Fire TV Stick
- NESN 360
- Why can’t I stream NESN on YouTube TV?
- Does NESN have a streaming app?
- Can I live stream NESN on Hulu + Live TV?
- What’s the best way to watch NESN without cable?
Stream Red Sox, Boston Bruins games on Roku, Fire TV Stick
Watching live Red Sox games on NESN without cable is pretty simple. You just need a few things to start streaming Red Sox or Bruins games on your TV.
Once you pick a live TV streaming service, you just need an Internet connection and a streaming device connected to your TV.
fuboTV and DIRECTV STREAM have apps for Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Chromecast with Google TV, iPhones, iPads and Android smartphones. NESN 360 is supported on Roku, Apple TV, iOS and Android smartphones.
fuboTV: Live stream NESN without cable
If you’re a New Englander in Massachusetts (like me), you can expect to see WBZ (CBS), FOX 25, My 38, NECN, NBC Boston, NBC Sports Boston and NBCSN in your channel lineup. NBC Sports Boston has a number of Boston Celtics games throughout the season.
Subscribers get 1000 hours of Cloud DVR for recordings. And you can use fubo’s “lookback” feature to watch sporting events that aired in the last 72 hours.
fuboTV is the only live TV streaming service live Red Sox games in 4K along with other select live sporting events.
fuboTV works on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast with Google TV, Apple TV, Samsung and Hisense Smart TVs, and XBox One.
You can look over the channel lineup before deciding whether to try it out.
The entry-level fubo bundle is called the fubo family package and costs $69.99 per month. fuboTV says there is an additional $8.99 sports fee for New England residents to pay for regional sports networks. So your actual total is $78.98 per month. Subscriptions run month to month without any obligations.
DIRECTV STREAM: Watch Red Sox games without cable
DIRECTV STREAM has NESN and NESN Plus in its Choice channel bundle.
The Choice plan, which carries more than 105 channels, is $89.99 per month. There are no additional sports fees.
You can sign up for a free 5-day trial. Subscribers can get HBO Max, Showtime, EPIX and Cinemax free for three months. The regular price for those premium channels kicks in after that unless you cancel.
The Choice bundle has a wide variety of sports channels including ACC Network, Big Ten Network, ESPN, ESPN2, regional NBC Sports and SEC Network.
All of your local ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Telemundo and Univision channels are included. And you get top cable TV channels such as ESPN, ESPN2, ACC Network, TNT, History, CNN and A&E.
And you don’t need to pay for a cable box.
You can subscribe month to month and cancel whenever you want.
DIRECTV STREAM works on Roku, Android TV, Fire TV devices, Apple TV and smartphones and tablets. Subscriptions run month to month and so you can cancel whenever you want.
You can look over the different channel lineups before deciding whether to sign up.
NESN 360 is a standalone streaming service that launched on June 1. Subscribers pay $29.99 per month, or $329.99 annually. NESN 360 live streams Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins games in HD resolution.
The service currently works on Roku, Apple TV, iOS and Android. The service is expected to add support for Amazon Fire TV and Google TV in the coming months. You can read about my experience trying out NESN 360 for more details.
Why can’t I stream NESN on YouTube TV?
YouTube TV dropped NESN from its channel lineup on Oct. 31, 2020. The decision was due to a disagreement about the cost of carrying the channel.
While Red Sox fans around New England have been hoping that the two companies could come to an agreement before Opening Day on April 1, 2021, a NESN spokesperson said that it’s unlikely to happen.
Does NESN have a streaming app?
The NESN app is available on Roku and now supports subscribers to NESN 360 or cable subscribers.
You can activate NESN.com using a cable TV account or a NESN 360 subscription. A subscription to DIRECTV STREAM or fuboTV will also activate the NESN app and NESN 360 app.
Can I live stream NESN on Hulu + Live TV?
No. Right now, there are no plans to add NESN to Hulu + Live TV.
But streaming services regularly stay in contact with networks about possible deals. Since NESN was once on PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV, there is clearly a desire by the network to be in the streaming TV space.
What’s the best way to watch NESN without cable?
For New England sports fans, there are a few ways to get comprehensive Boston Red Sox coverage without a cable subscription.
NESN 360 costs $29.99 per month, and works on Roku, PCs, iOS and Apple TV. NESN 360 does not have a free trial, but you can currently get your first month for $1 when you sign up.
fuboTV works on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast and Apple TV. FuboTV has mobile apps and you can watch live TV on a PC as well.
If you’re already paying for HBO Max, then DIRECTV STREAM might be a better fit. It has over 105 channels, including ESPN, NESN, NESN Plus and local stations. You can sign up for a free 5-day trial to see if it’s going to be a good fit for your Boston-sports-watching needs.
* This article was originally published Dec. 14, 2017, and has been updated to reflect new prices and channel lineups.
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