How to Watch SEC Network Without Cable

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You can watch SEC Network without cable on five live TV streaming services. 

DIRECTV STREAM, Sling TV, YouTube TV, fubo, and Hulu Live TV all have SEC Network without the need of a cable or satellite subscription. You can jump down to the summary of prices for SEC Network without cable, check out Frequently Asked Questions below, or read through all your options.

You can also activate the ESPN app with a pay TV provider to watch SEC Network live on a Smart TV, streaming device like a Roku, P.C., Mac computer, smartphone or tablet. 

SEC Network has been entertaining sports fans since it launched on August 14, 2014. The network airs 21 sports from Southeastern Conference (SEC), including football games, men’s college basketball, women’s college basketball, softball, baseball, gymnastics, and volleyball.

DIRECTV STREAMfubo and YouTube TV are the three live streaming services that have SEC Network and offer a free trial. 

How to Watch SEC Network

A Smart TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast or Apple TV support streaming SEC Network as a live cable TV channel.

Smart TVs by Samsung, Sony Bravia, Vizio and LG support most streaming services. Game consoles including XBox and PlayStation support watching TV.

If you are a sports fan in search of your ideal streaming service that has SEC Network, chances are you want other sports channels too.

ESPNACC Network (ACCN), Big Ten NetworkCBS Sports NetworkNBA TVLonghorn Network, and MLB Network cover college football, basketball, baseball games, and other professional sports. You will want SEC Network+, the digital platform, within the ESPN app too.

You can get many of these networks without having to pay for an sports add-on package.

Local channels will matter, too. You will need local broadcast networks such as ABCNBCCBS and FOX to watch NCAA football, and college basketball. 

Some of these services have a free trial that lasts a week without any obligation. Just remember to cancel before the trial ends if you decide that the streaming service isn’t for you.

Cord-cutters have a half dozen options to watch SEC Network live on their television or smartphone. Here is a detailed breakdown of each service, prices and plans. 

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Sling TV

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 is the cheapest option to stream SEC Network and the digital platform SEC Network Plus live. You have two ways to watch SEC Network without cable through Sling with the Sports Extra add-on.

The Sling Orange plan includes 32 channels, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and entertainment networks like AMC, A&E, Bravo, and History. A subscription to Sling Orange costs $40 per month. 

Sports Extra carries 14 channels with the Orange plan, including important ones for college football fans. 

They are SEC Network, SEC Network Plus, Longhorn Network, ACC Network, ACC Network Extra, PAC 12 Network, bein Sports, ESPNU, NHL Network, NBA TV, MLB Network, Tennis Channel and MLB Strike Zone. 

You can likewise combine Sling Orange and Sling Blue for $55 per month, but Sports Extra costs another $15 per month. The combo bundle adds Big Ten Network, NFL RedZone, FS2, and Golf Channel to Sports Extra.

The Sling Blue plan has 40 channels, including DiscoveryNFL NetworkFS1USA Network, and Stadium.  You can combine the Sling Blue with Sling Orange for $55 per month.

All subscribers get 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage. 

Sling TV works on just about any streaming device: Roku, Amazon Fire TV, 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.

There are no hidden fees or contracts if you decide to keep the service. Sling subscribers can activate the ESPN app after you sign up for service.


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 SEC Network in three of its channel packages along with other cable networks important to college sports fans.

The Choice package has over 90 TV channels including ACC Network, ESPN, SEC Network, A&E, BET, Bravo, C-SPAN, CNN, CNBC, FOX News, MTV, History and HGTV

The Choice package has a wide selection of 40 regional sports channels (RSNs), including Bally Sports networks, NBC Sports, NESNMarquee Sports Network and YES Network

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 Max, Cinemax and Showtime.

All of these channel lineups are virtually identical to DIRECTV satellite service, but with a slight price difference.

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

All subscribers get unlimited Cloud DVR storage and 40,000 on-demand movies and shows. You can watch TV on unlimited screens within your home. 

DIRECTV STREAM works on Roku, Android TV, Fire TV devices, Apple TV and smartphones and tablets. You can use apps on supported Smart TVs running on Google TV and Android TV. 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.

YouTube TV

  • Free trial
  • Unlimited Cloud DVR
  • Three simultaneous streams
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 SEC Network and NBA TV for $72.99 per month.

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

The YouTube TV base plan carries other key sports channels for fans such as TNTTBS, SEC Network, ACC Network, FS2, NFL Network, and MLB Network. YouTube TV carries entertainment networks such as Bravo and Disney Junior.

You’ll be able to watch CNN, Golf 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. You can get a free 7-day trial, or look over the channel lineup for your area. 


  • Free trial
  • 1,000 hours Cloud DVR
  • 10 simultaneous streams
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) carries SEC Network, but has recently updated its channel packages for 2023. 

In-market subscribers can get the Pro channel package, which has more than 170 channels for $74.99 per month.

fubo offers a few different ways to get SEC Network. 

You can watch SEC Network as part of the Pro bundle if you subscribe from an in-market state. Those states are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

If you live outside of these in-market states, then you can get SEC Network through fubo Extra ($7.99 per month) or Sports Plus ($10.99 per month). 

Subscribers to any of these plans will be able to watch SEC Network+ through the ESPN app.

Pro subscribers get local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX in most areas of the U.S. Food network, HGTV, Big Ten Network, Disney Junior, and Nickelodeon are part of the Pro bundle.

The Pro plan has 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR storage. You can watch 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. You get a free 7-day trial, or look over the channel lineup for your area.

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

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 the Pac-12 Network.

Fubo has mobile apps for iPhone and Android so you can stream SEC Network 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
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 TV channels, including ACC Network, CBS Sports Network and SEC Network. 

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

Hulu with Live TV comes with unlimited Cloud 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 $69.99 per month. You get unlimited access to ESPN+, Disney+ and Hulu’s on-demand library of movies and TV shows. 

College football fans will be able to watch a lot more conferences and games.

There are more than 300 live college football games on ESPN Plus throughout the season. Southeastern Conference, LSU, Auburn, Kentucky, Missouri, Ole Miss and Tennessee are among the teams with select live games.   

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

How to Watch SEC Network without cable FAQs

Here are some questions that sports fans ask when searching for ways to get SEC Network without cable or TV provider credentials. 

What is the SEC Network?

In the world of live college sports, SEC Network carries some huge events throughout the year. The sports network is owned by ESPN as part of a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and Hearst Communications. Hearst has a 20 percent interest in the network.

NCAA football and men’s basketball out of the Southeastern Conference dominate the broadcast schedule in the fall. About 45 college football games air on SEC Network every year. There are about 100 men’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and 60 women’s basketball games. 

Aside from live sports, SEC Network has studio shows with highlights of favorite sports.

How to get SEC Network on a Smart TV

Smart TV owners can download the apps for DIRECTV STREAM, Sling TV, YouTube TV, fubo, and Hulu Live TV. Before downloading your app, you can sign up online for a free trial, or month-to-month subscription. 

Can I watch SEC Network on the ESPN app?

You can stream SEC Network live through the ESPN app if you subscribe to the network through a cable, satellite or live TV streaming service. 

SEC Network, SEC Network Plus, ACC Network, ESPN2, Longhorn Network and others are available to subscribers within the ESPN app.

Hulu with Live TV, DIRECTV STREAM, YouTube TV, and Sling TV lets you use your membership to watch SEC Network live through the ESPN app.

On the ESPN app, scroll down on the homepage and look for the Channels tab. You will see a list of ESPN-related networks that you can live stream after you activate the app using your live TV service.

How to Watch SEC Network on Roku

Roku and Roku TV owners can subscribe to one of the six live TV streaming services that carry SEC Network: DIRECTV STREAM, fubo, YouTube TV, Hulu Live TV, and Sling TV.

Is there an SEC Network app?

There is no SEC Network app. Subscribers to a pay-tv provider can use the ESPN app to stream SEC Network and SEC Network+.

Is SEC Network on Peacock?

No. You will not find SEC Network on Peacock. But a Peacock subscription does give you live coverage to a variety of professional and college sports from NBC and NBC Sports. 

Sunday Night Football, Notre Dame football, Premier League, and the PGA Tour are among the live sports on Peacock.

How to watch SEC Network for free

DIRECTV STREAMfubo, and YouTube TV all stream SEC Network, and offer a free trial that lasts up to a week. 

During the trial period, you can watch SEC Network on a supported Smart TV, Roku or another streaming device along with other local channels and cable TV networks. 

You will need to cancel service before the free trial ends so you won’t get billed. Be sure to check each streaming service for details.

Can you watch SEC Network on ESPN Plus?

No. ESPN+ is a standalone streaming service that has college football, daily MLB and NHL games and original programs for $9.99 per month. The service does not get you the SEC Network cable network.  

ESPN+ subscribers get hundreds of exclusive college football, NCAA basketball games and UFC fights. A subscription to ESPN Plus costs $9.99 per month, or get it with Hulu and Disney+ for $12.99 per month as part of the Disney Plus bundle.

Is SEC Network on Amazon Prime?

No. SEC Network is not on Amazon Prime. SEC Network is only available only through a cable TV, satellite service or a live TV streaming service. DIRECTV STREAM, fubo, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all include SEC Network in their channel lineups.

Does Paramount Plus have SEC Network?

Paramount Plus does not carry the SEC Network channel. But Paramount Plus with Showtime subscribers can watch “SEC on CBS” games, which also air on ABC. A subscription to Paramount Plus with Showtime is $10.99 per month following a free 7-day trial

Can I watch SEC Network on my computer?

Yes. You can watch SEC Network on a PC or Mac by subscribing to DIRECTV STREAM, Sling TV, YouTube TV, fubo, Hulu Live TV, or the Spectrum TV app.

How can I watch SEC Network on my phone?

You can use a live TV streaming service to watch SEC Network on your iPhone or Android smartphone. 

DIRECTV STREAM, Sling TV, YouTube TV, Fubo, and Hulu Live TV all have mobile apps for their live TV service. You can likewise use the FOX Sports app, and activate the app through your pay TV provider.

Where can I find today’s SEC Network schedule?

You can find a daily SEC Network schedule within the ESPN website. You can click on each day of the week to see what’s coming up in the weeks ahead. 

How to watch SEC football games on a TV Antenna

Some Southeastern Conference games are scheduled to air on local ABC, FOX and CBS stations this season.

A decent TV antenna can get you those essential channels for free.

Head over to the Antennas Direct website and punch in your zip code to see what broadcast towers are near you. You will see a list of broadcast towers near your home, and even some recommended TV antenna models.

To get started with a TV antenna, plug it into the coax jack in the back of your TV and under settings scan for channels for OTA (over-the-air) or “Air TV”. Here are a number of resources that I have assembled over the years based on my own hands-on testing.

What’s the cheapest way to watch SEC Network without cable?

Sling TV Orange Plan with Sports Plus add-on is the cheapest way to watch SEC Network at $51 per month. In recent months, Sling TV has been offering discounts on the first month of service as well. You can check the latest offer Sling TV is making to new and returning customers. 

How much is SEC Network?

The price of SEC Network depends on which subscription you choose. As of August 2023, Sling TV remains the cheapest, but here is a full breakdown with lowest, or starting prices. 

  • Sling TV – Orange Plan with Sports Plus Add-On at $51 per month
  • Hulu Live TV – Base plan at $69.99 per month
  • YouTube TV – Base plan at $72.99 per month
  • Fubo – Pro plan (in-market) $74.99 per month for in-market subscribers
  • DIRECTV STREAM – Choice plan at $108.99 per month

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This article was originally published September 13, 2018, and has been updated. 

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.