How to Watch MSG Network without cable

With a keen eye on quality and cost-effectiveness, I’ve personally navigated the options for watching MSG Network without cable, ensuring you get the most reliable and practical advice.

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MSG Network is among the few regional sports channels that remains elusive on streaming services. But you don’t need cable to watch your favorite New York or New Jersey sports teams on MSG or MSG+. 

You can stream MSG Network live without cable TV or satellite service through:

Comcast Xfinity dropped MSG Network in late 2021. Now is a good time to switch to streaming and get your favorite sports back. But if you’re cutting the cord from cable or satellite TV, you should weigh the pros and cons of your two options for streaming MSG live.

As a seasoned cord-cutter and a long-time follower of regional sports networks, I’ve closely monitored the evolving landscape of streaming services. With a keen eye on quality and cost-effectiveness, I’ve personally navigated the options for watching MSG Network without cable, ensuring you get the most reliable and practical advice.

Where can I watch MSG Network?

Since MSG is a regional sports network, it’s only available in New York, northern and central New Jersey, southern Connecticut, and northern Pennsylvania. It’s a key regional sports network for NHL and NBA fans and cord-cutters alike.

The network, and its sibling channel MSG+, cover a wide range of sports teams. 

  • New York Knicks 
  • New York Rangers
  • New York Islanders
  • New Jersey Devils
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • New York Giants
  • New York Red Bulls
  • New York Riptide

How to watch MSG Network on Roku or Fire TV Stick

A Smart TV or a streaming device such as Roku, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire TV Stick supports most live TV streaming services. You just need to have an Internet connection and download the app to the service you sign up for.

Fubo

  • Free trial
  • 1,000 hours Cloud DVR
  • 10 simultaneous streams
PLANPRICECHANNELS
Pro$74.99/month182
Elite $84.99/month241
Premier$94.99/month250 & Showtime
Device support: Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast with Google TV, Xbox One, along with Smart TVs by Hisense, Samsung, LG, Sony Bravia and VIZIO SmartCast TV. Android, iPhones and iPads with current iOS.

Fubo (formerly fubo TV) has over 182 TV channels including MSG Network, MSG+, ESPN, SportsNet NY and local FOX, ABC, CBS and NBC stations. There are entertainment channels such as History Channel, HGTV and Hallmark Channel.  

There are key sports networks such as ESPN, NBA TV and NFL Network

The fubo Pro plan costs $74.99 per month. Subscribers can watch live TV on 10 at a time. 

Aside from having MSG Network in your live TV lineup, you can also use your Fubo subscription to activate the MSG Go app to watch live New York Knicks games and in-market NHL games.

You will be able to record games using 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR. Hockey fans can add NHL Network through the fubo Extra add-on bundle, which costs $7.99 per month. If you sign up for Fubo, you should be aware that it adds a regional sports fee that can run from $10.99 to $13.99 onto your bill, depending on how many RSNs are in your channel lineup.

fubo TV has apps for pretty much every device, including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Fire Stick, Chromecast with Google TV, Apple TV and iOS devices. Samsung Smart TVs, LG televisions and TVs running Android TV or Google TV are supported as well.

DIRECTV STREAM

PLANPRICECHANNELS
Entertainment$79.99/month75+
Choice$108.99/month105+
Ultimate$119.99/month140+
Premier$164.99/month150+
Device support: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast with Google TV along with Smart TVs by Samsung, Sony Bravia

DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) has MSG Network in the Choice plan.

Choice subscribers get over 105 TV channels.

ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, MLB Network, NBA TV, TNT, TBS, and YES Network are included in the Choice lineup. You get unlimited Cloud DVR and a robust library of on-demand movies and shows.

The Ultimate package has more than 140 channels, including local channels, and more sports and entertainment channels. The Premier Package has over 150 channels, including premium channels such as Max, Cinemax and Showtime.

Subscribers can get three months of Max (formerly HBO Max), Showtime, Cinemax, STARZ, and EPIX for free before the monthly rates kick in. You can watch live TV on up to 20 screens at once. 

DIRECTV STREAM subscribers can activate the MSG Go app.

When you sign up, you can subscribe month to month and cancel whenever you want. DIRECTV STREAM works on Roku, Android TV, Fire TV devices, Chromecast with Google TV, Apple TV and smartphones and tablets. 

How to Watch MSG Network Without Cable FAQ

Here are some common questions that cord-cutters and hockey fans ask when researching ways to stream MSG Network without a TV provider.

Is there an MSG streaming app?

MSG Network does have a standalone app called MSG Go that you can use to watch live games. But to activate the app, you need to subscribe to cable, satellite TV, fuboTV or DIRECTV STREAM. The app is supported on most major streaming devices, iOS devices, Android devices and Apple AirPlay.

Can I get MSG Network on Roku?

Yes. You can sign up for Fubo or DIRECTV STREAM’s Choice plan and start streaming MSG Network as part of your subscription. Both services have a wide variety of cable TV channels such as ESPN and FS1 and offer free trials.

Does Amazon Fire TV have MSG Network?

Amazon Fire TV devices support fuboTV and DIRECTV STREAM, which both carry MSG Network in their channel lineups.

Does Sling TV have MSG Network?

No. Sling TV does not include MSG Network in its channel lineup. You can find channels such as NHL Network, ESPN, FS1 and FS2 if you subscribe to the Sling Orange or Sling Blue bundle.

Can you watch MSG Network on Hulu?

MSG Network is not on Hulu Live TV. Hulu’s live TV service has more than 75 channels, including a number of cable TV networks and regionals sports networks such as NBC Sports.

Does YouTube TV have MSG Network?

YouTube TV doesn’t currently offer MSG Network. But YouTube TV has been adding channels since its inception, including regional sports channels. So you could see some new channels come to YouTube TV in the future.

What’s the best way to watch MSG Network?

DIRECTV STREAM:

  • Pros:
    • Offers MSG Network in the Choice plan.
    • Choice plan includes over 105 channels, featuring sports channels like ESPN, NBA TV, and YES Network.
    • Unlimited Cloud DVR.
    • Capability to stream on up to unlimited screens simultaneously within a household.
    • Includes premium channels in the Premier Package.
    • Option to activate MSG Go app.
    • Flexible month-to-month subscription.
  • Cons:
    • Higher cost, with the Choice plan starting at $108.99/month.
    • Fewer total channels compared to Fubo’s Elite and Premier plans.

Fubo:

  • Pros:
    • Lower starting price with the Pro plan at $74.99/month.
    • Extensive channel lineup, with the Elite plan offering 241 channels.
    • 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR.
    • Allows streaming on 10 devices simultaneously.
    • Includes MSG Network, MSG+, ESPN, and other key sports networks.
    • Ability to activate MSG Go app and add NHL Network.
    • Broad device support including Roku, Apple TV, and various Smart TVs.
  • Cons:
    • Regional Sports fee added to all plans, ranging from $10.99 to $13.99 per month.
    • May lack some premium channels offered by DIRECTV STREAM’s Premier Package.

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This article was published on October 20, 2021, and has been updated in November 2023 to reflect new pricing and plans.

Jim is a seasoned industry expert with over two decades of journalism experience. He has been at the forefront of the cord-cutting movement since 2016, testing and writing about TV-related products and services. He founded The Cord Cutting Report in 2016, and serves as the editor.

Major publications, including MarketWatch, Forbes, and South Florida Sun Sentinel, have interviewed Kimble for his years of expertise. He gives advice on the complexities consumers are navigating with streaming options, and over-the-air TV. Kimble has been a staff writer or correspondent for several award-winning, daily newspapers, including The Boston Globe.

3 thoughts on “How to Watch MSG Network without cable”

  1. Please be advised that you can only get MSG on fubotv if you RESIDE within the NY viewing area. If you live in Illinois (like I do) it is not available as part of their offering.

  2. I have YouTubeTV and it’s not only missing MSG, but the YES Network, also. They had a dispute right about when Covid hit and never resolved it. I’m a Mets fan and get SNY… but if I were a Yankees fan, the lack of YES would be a total non-starter for me.

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