How to Watch ACC Network (ACCN) Without Cable

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ACC Network is available through five live TV streaming services. DIRECTV STREAM, fubo, Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV, and Sling TV all carry ACC Network within their channel lineups. 

I’ve explored the most cost-effective streaming services for ACC Network that are ideal for cord-cutters, who want all of ESPN Networks for extensive college sports coverage.

What is ACC Network?

ACC Network (ACCN) launched in 2019 to deliver comprehensive sports coverage for the Atlantic Coast Conference. It quickly became a go-to channel for college football and college basketball fans.

The network is part of the ESPN family of networks, and carries more than 1,300 sporting events per year along with original programming.  

How to Watch ACC Network Without Cable

The best way for cord-cutters to watch ACC Network is through live TV streaming service because you’re also getting a full suite of ESPN Networks and other channels that cover college football and basketball.

ABCCBS Sports NetworkESPNESPN2, and ESPNU are scheduled to show ACC football games this season. College football fans will need local NBCCBS, FOX and ABC stations as well this season to watch their favorite teams.

Some streaming services require an extra add-on for ACCN. Others have the network within their base plan.

This quick guide will cover all your choices to watch ACC Network by live streaming to a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV or Android TV device.

Forget about going with DIRECTV, DISH, Spectrum or Charter. Cable and satellite TV costs a bunch, and you can pay a lot less tapping into streaming services that carry live TV channels.

Subscribers can use a Smart TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Google Chromecast or Apple TV to watch ACC Network live. Smart TVs from LG, Samsung, VIZIO and Sony support many of these live TV services.

Gamers can likewise use Xbox and PlayStation game consoles to stream ACC Network through a live TV streaming service.

What’s on ACC Network?

The ACC Network brings 24/7 sports programming dedicated to one of the most competitive conferences in the country.

ACC Network traditionally airs 40 regular season football games. 

ESPN announced that the 2023 season will start off with 13 live football games, featuring 10 conferences and 9 home openers. 

ACCNX will carry four games during week 1 and week 2. They include Colgate at Syracuse (Sept. 2, 4 p.m.), Holy Cross at Boston College (Sept. 9, Noon), South Carolina State at Georgia Tech (Sept. 9, 1 p.m.) and Lafayette at Duke (Sept. 9, 6pm). 

Those games will also be simulcast on ESPN+. 

The football teams within the Atlantic Coast Conference are:

  • Boston College – B.C. Eagles
  • Clemson — Clemson Tigers
  • Duke University — Blue Devils
  • Florida State — Seminoles
  • Georgia Tech — Yellow Jackets
  • University of Louisville — Louisville Cardinals
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — Rameses
  • NC State University — Wolfpack
  • University of Miami — The Hurricanes
  • University of Pittsburgh — Panthers
  • Syracuse University — Syracuse Orange
  • University of Virginia — Virginia Cavaliers
  • Virginia Tech — Hokies
  • Wake Forest University – Demon Deacons

ACCN will continue to broadcast women’s soccer games, volleyball matches, men’s soccer games and field hockey games 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 ACC Network in three of its channel plans

The Choice plan is the entry-level package that includes ACC Network. You can sign up for a free 5-day trial on every plan without any obligations. 

The Choice package has a wide selection of sports channels, including ESPN, ESPN2, and Big Ten Network. Choice subscribers get more than 105 channels.

The Ultimate package has more than 140 channels, including locals, and sports channels such as NHL Network. The Premier package has over 150 channels, including premium channels such as HBO, Cinemax and Showtime.

The Entertainment package has more than 75 channels, but it does not carry ACC Network. 

Subscribers to Entertainment, Choice or Ultimate can get three months of Max, Showtime, Cinemax and MGM+ for free before the monthly rates kick in.

All subscribers get unlimited hours of Cloud DVR storage and 40,000 on-demand movies and shows.

You can watch live TV on unlimited screens within your home. With DIRECTV STREAM now charging more than $100 per month, you may be better off going with a less expensive option such as Sling TV with the Sports Extra package.

Subscriptions run month to month so you can cancel whenever you want. DIRECTV STREAM works on Roku, Android TV, Fire TV devices, Apple TV and smartphones and tablets.

You can look over the different channel lineups to see what local and regional sports networks are in your area.

Fubo

  • Free trial
  • 1,000 hours Cloud DVR
  • 10 simultaneous streams
PLANPRICECHANNELS
Pro$74.99/month176
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 fuboTV) has ACC Network and ESPN networks. fubo offers three plans with ACC Network, fubo Pro, Elite and Premium. 

The Pro channel package has 152 channels, including ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network, SEC Network and Big Ten Network. A subscription to fuboTV is $74.99 per month. 

There are entertainment channels such as Bravo and Disney Channel. And there are a number of news networks including FOX News and MSNBC.

All plans have local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX in most areas of the U.S. Food network, HGTV, Big Ten Network and Comedy Central are part of the Pro bundle.

Subscribers get 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR storage. You can watch live TV on 10 screens at once. 

If you miss a game, you can use fubo’s “look back” feature to watch sporting events that aired in the last 72 hours. A regional sports fee is included, and costs between $10.99 to $13.99 per month. 

The Elite plan is $84.99 per month, and has 65 more sports, news and entertainment channels. The Premier plan has 231 channels, including Showtime, for $94.99 per month.

Take note that ACC Network coverage on fubo has in-market coverage for Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia.

For ACC Network’s national feed, you will need the Sports Plus bundle. The Sports Plus bundle adds 26 more channels and costs $10.99 per month.

fubo has a library of on-demand content, including movies and TV shows. Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV and Smart TVs all carry the fubo app.

The fuboTV Elite package adds 60 more channels, including Pac-12 Networks.

Fubo has mobile apps for iPhone and Android so you can watch ESPN live on your smartphone. Subscribers can watch live TV through their web browser. 

Hulu + Live TV

  • Sign up & get Disney+ and ESPN+ included
  • Unlimited Cloud DVR (9 mos.)
  • Two simultaneous streams
PLANPRICECHANNELS
Hulu + Live TV$76.99/month90+
Device support: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast with Google TV along with Smart TVs by Samsung, VIZIO SmartCast, Sony Bravia, PlayStation, XBox, Xfinity Flex and Xumo TV.

Hulu Live TV has more than 75 live TV channels, including ACC Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN College Extra, CBS Sports Network and SEC Network. 

Hulu with Live TV comes with unlimited DVR storage so you can record sports, news, movies or whatever else you want. Hulu carries local ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC across the U.S.

A subscription costs $76.99 per month, and now includes Disney+ and ESPN+. With a Hulu Live TV subscription, you can activate the ESPN app for ESPN3, and unlock all live sports on ESPN Plus.

Hulu no longer offers a free trial for live TV, but you can look over the channel lineup before deciding whether to sign up.

Hulu Live TV has only one plan. You can watch live TV on up to two screens at once.

Sling TV

PLANPRICECHANNELS
Orange$40/month32 (No locals)
Blue$40/month40 (Locals included)
Orange + Blue$55/month88
Device support: AirTV Mini, Amazon Echo Show, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast along with Smart TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony Bravia and VIZIO SmartCast.

Sling TV carries the ACC Network under the Sling Orange bundle with the Sports Extra package.

Sling Orange has roughly 34 channels including ESPN, ESPN2 and entertainment networks such as A&E, AMC, and HGTV.

The Sling Orange plan costs $40 per month. 

The Sports Extra bundle adds 15 channels, including ACC Network, ACCNX, SEC Network, SEC Network+, MLB Network, NBA TV, and ESPNU for $11 per month.

The Sling TV Blue plan has 40 channels, including DiscoveryNFL NetworkFOX Sports 1FOX Sports 2, and Stadium, but doesn’t include ESPN.  You can combine the Sling Blue with Sling Orange for $55 per month.

All subscribers get 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage. There are no contracts, and you can cancel anytime.

Sling TV is the king of budget cable channels, but has limited coverage of local broadcast channels. For the purposes of watching ACC games, you might want a channel bundle that has more widespread coverage of local ABC stations.

Sling TV works on just about any streaming device: Roku, Firestick, Apple TV and even an Xbox. It is supported by Samsung Smart TVs and Smart TVs operating on Android TV or Google TV. Sling TV supports mobile apps for iOS and Android.

YouTube TV

  • Free trial
  • Unlimited Cloud DVR
  • Three simultaneous streams
PLANPRICECHANNELS
YouTube TV$72.99/month128
Device support: Android TV, Google TV, Smart TVs by Samsung, LG, VIZIO, Hisense, Sharp and Sony; Chromecast, Google TV, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, PlayStation and Google Nest Hub; Android and iOS devices.

YouTube TV has 128 channels, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and SEC Network for $72.99 per month.

YouTube TV only has one way to get ACC Network through its base plan.

The YouTube TV base plan carries other key sports channels for fans such as TNTTBS, ESPNews, FS1, FS2, NFL Network, and MLB Network. YouTube TV carries regional NBC Sports networks across the U.S. 

You’ll be able to watch CNNGolf Channel and FX. Unlimited Cloud DVR is included with a subscription. And you can create up to 6 profiles for a household per account.

The service works with Chromecast, Roku, Fire TV, NVIDIA Shield TV, Apple TV and Chromecast. YouTube TV offers a well-rounded channel package, but for a few dollars more Hulu Live adds in ad-supported ESPN+ and Disney+ subscriptions.

Subscribers can create up to six profiles at once. There is unlimited Cloud DVR and on-demand movies and shows. YouTube TV works with a Fire TV Stick, Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV devices. New customers can try out YouTube TV free for a week.

How to Watch ACC Network FAQs

Need more answers on how to stream ACC Network? These are questions that readers regularly ask. 

ACC Network ESPN app.
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How to watch ACC Network Extra (ACCNX)

The ACC Network shouldn’t be confused with ACC Network Extra (ACCXN).

ACC Network Extra first launched as a digital-only platform available through the ESPN app. But you can now find it on Sling TV and Hulu + Live TV when you subscribe to a plan that has ACC Network. 

ACCNX is scheduled to stream college football games during the 2023 season. 

What streaming services have ACC Network?

You can stream ACC Network live on DIRECTV STREAM, fubo, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, Sling TV and Vidgo.

Once you sign up for a live TV streaming service, you can download the app related to the service and sign in to your account. You just need an Internet connection to get started with watching live TV online.

Is ACC Network on ESPN Plus?

No. You won’t find ACC Network on ESPN+. But if you have a live TV streaming service or cable package with ACC Network, you can use your account to stream ACC Network within the ESPN app.

An ESPN+ subscription carries hundreds of college football games each season across a dozen conferences. 

Those conferences include:

  • Big South
  • Conference USA
  • Ivy League
  • Mid American
  • Mid Eastern
  • Missouri Valley
  • Northeast
  • Ohio Valley
  • Southern
  • Southland
  • Southwestern
  • Sun Belt

A subscription costs $10.99 per month. Just to be clear, ESPN+ is not a replacement for any of the ESPN networks you’ll find on cable or satellite. But if you subscribe, you’ll get exclusive live sports coverage for college football, MLB, NHL and UFC.

If you’re in a fantasy league, you can tap into exclusive fantasy analysis from experts, draft tips and recommendations.

Once you sign up for ESPN+ just head over to your ESPN app to start watching. Check out the live sports on ESPN+ or sign up for a subscription.

Can I watch ACC Network on Amazon Prime?

No. ACC Network is not available on Amazon Prime. The network is part of the ESPN family of networks, which is owned by Disney. You can find ACC Network on cable TV, satellite TV providers and live TV streaming services. 

How can I watch ACC Network for free?

There is not a long term way to watch ACC Network for free. But there are a number of streaming services that offer a free trial. DIRECTV STREAM has a 5-day free trial. The Choice plan has ACC Network and a number of other college football channels.

Fubo has a free 7-day trial, and has comprehensive coverage for college football and NFL games. YouTube TV also has a free trial for new customers.

Where to Watch ACC Network without cable

There are six live TV streaming services that carry ACC Network. 

You can sign up for DIRECTV STREAM, fuboHulu Live TVYouTube TV, or Sling TV and start streaming ACC Network right away. 

Right now, fubo offers the best overall value for live streaming ACC Network without a cable TV or satellite subscription.

It has all the key networks for ACC college football games including ACC Network, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and CBS Sports Network.

You’ll have a solid lineup of other networks covering college football and NCAA basketball too.

So if you’re a fan of watching college football games from Big Ten Network, SEC Network, ESPN and ESPN2, fubo is the way to go.

Subscribers get 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR. And fubo works on every major streaming device including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV devices. Heck, you can even live stream ACC Network from a Nintendo Switch or an iPhone.

You can sign up for a free 7-day trial and cancel whenever you like.

Note: This article was published on August 28, 2021, and has been updated to reflect new pricing.

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Jim Kimble 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.

1 thought on “How to Watch ACC Network (ACCN) Without Cable”

  1. Hi Paul,

    Once you pick the streaming service you want to use (e.g. Hulu + Live TV) then you download the Hulu app and enter your username and password to start watching live TV channels. I hope that helps.

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