You don’t need a cable subscription to watch Pac-12 Network as a live TV channel.
Only fubo offers a free 7-day trial, but you need the Sports Extra (for out-of-market), or fubo Extra add-on (for in-market subscribers).
What is the Pac-12 Network?
Pac-12 Network launched on August 15, 2012 with a strong base of 48 million pay TV households from cable and satellite subscribers. College football games, men’s college basketball, and women’s college basketball remain staples of Pac-12 coverage.
Pac-12 Network has a national channel and six regional channels (outlined in the chart below).
News about the Pac-12 Conference getting picked apart by Big 10 and Big 12 conferences have made headlines in recent weeks.
The University of Southern California and U.C.L.A. had announced their departure for the Big Ten last summer. Colorado is headed to the Big 12. Oregon and Washington headed to the Big Ten. Arizona is going to the Big 12, taking Arizona State and Utah with them.
At the moment, all that is left of the Pac-12 are Stanford, California, Washington State, and Oregon State.
For now, Pac-12 Network remains a necessary channel for college football fans in 2023.
How to Watch Pac-12 Network Live Without Cable
PAC-12 Networks come in two flavors — the national, and regional channels.
Cord-cutters and college football fans can use any of the three live TV streaming services to watch Pac-12 Conference games on the regional channels so long as you are an in-market subscriber.
|Pac-12 Arizona||Phoenix (Prescott)|
Tucson (Sierra Vista)
|Pac-12 Bay Area||San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose|
|Pac-12 Los Angeles||Los Angeles|
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo
Yuma, AZ-El Centro, CA
|Pac-12 Mountain||Colorado Springs-Pueblo|
Salt Lake City
Smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast or Apple TV support streaming the Pac-12 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. You can watch on an iPhone or iPad (with current iOS) and Android mobile devices too.
Sling TV is your cheapest way to watch Pac-12 Network without a cable subscription. It’s a streaming service owned by Dish Network. And you can get the national channel or regional channels, depending on where you live.
The important thing to remember is that you’re going to need to add the Sports Extra bundle to watch Pac-12 Networks.
You can get all Pac-12 channels by adding the Sports Extra bundle to either the Orange or Blue channel package. The regional channels include Pac-12 Arizona, Pac-12 Bay Area, Pac-12 Los Angeles, Pac-12 Mountain, Pac-12 Oregon and Pac-12 Washington.
But you should pay close attention to what channels that Orange and Blue include.
Sports Extra with Sling Orange vs Sling Blue
Sports Extra costs $11 more per month, and adds 14 more channels. Those channels are SEC Network, ACC Network, Longhorn Network, Pac-12 Network, ESPNU, SEC Network+, ACCNX, ESPNews, MLB Network, NBA TV, bein Sports, Tennis Channel, NHL Network, and MLB Strike Zone.
Adding the Sports Extra bundle to Sling Blue costs $11 more per month, and adds 11 channels. Those channels are NFL RedZone, Big Ten Network, Pac-12 Network, FS2, Golf Channel, NHL Network, NBA TV, bein Sports, MLB Network, Tennis Channel, and MLB Strike Zone.
You can get both Sling Orange and Sling Blue together for $55 per month. Sports Extra with Orange and Blue costs $15 per month, and includes all channels listed above.
Subscribers get 50 hours of Cloud DVR with either plan.
With Sling TV, you can watch Pac-12 Network on Roku, Fire Stick, Apple TV, smart phones, Android TV software, AirTV Player, Chromecast, and Xbox.
There are no contracts, and you can easily cancel online whenever you want.
fubo (formerly fuboTV) has all the channels you will need to watch Pac-12 football.
There are entertainment channels like Bravo, FX, Hallmark Channel and National Geographic. The Weather Channel and FOX News are in the channel lineup too.
The Pro bundle has more than 169 channels, and 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR. You can watch live TV on an unlimited number of screens. There are regional sports channels, including NESN, Marquee Sports Network and YES Network if you live within the broadcast market for those networks.
For entertainment networks, there’s AMC, BBC America, Bravo, USA Network, FX, Nat Geo Wild, SyFy and Viceland. A subscription for fubo’s Pro plan is $74.99 per month.
You can try fubo free for a week and cancel online if you don’t like it.
Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV devices like NVIDIA Shield TV all have fubo apps.
fubo subscribers can activate 41 TV Everywhere apps, including the Pac-12 Now app on iOS and Android devices.
Regional Pac-12 Networks: Arizona, Los Angeles and Pac-12 Mountain
There are now two different bundles for Pac-12 Networks. You can sign up for the Fubo Extra bundle ($7.99 per month) if you live within the broadcast market for a regional channel.
If you do not live in-market and want one of the six Pac-12 channels, then you can sign up for fubo’s Sports Plus bundle. That gives you 21 more channels for an additional $10.99 per month.
The Sports Plus bundle includes NFL RedZone, all four Stadium networks, Sports Illustrated TV, Golf TV English, Golf TV Spanish, Pac-12 Arizona, Pac-12 Bay Area, Pac-12 Los Angeles, Pac-12 Mountain, Pac-12 Oregon, Pac-12 Washington, FOX College Sports Atlantic, FOX College Sports Pacific, FNTSY, Fight Network and TyC Sports.
All three Vidgo plans let you stream the Pac-12 Network national channel and regional channels.
The Vidgo Plus plan is $69.99 per month, and comes with 110 channels, including ESPN, FOX, NFL RedZone and Big Ten Network.
Subscribers get local FOX and ABC affiliates in some markets.
ACC Network, Longhorn Network and Pac-12 Networks are included. Subscribers can watch live TV on three screens at once.
The Premium package adds 40 more channels, and costs $84.99 per month. The Ultimate plan has more than 200 channels, and has all 45 Spanish-language channels.
If you’re someone who likes to weigh in online during sporting events, Vidgo’s mobile app is worth a try because you can participate in ‘watch parties’ for TV shows and sporting events.
Vidgo works on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, PCs and iOS devices. There is a watch-party option if you are using the mobile app.
You can look over the channel lineup before deciding whether to sign up.
How to watch Pac-12 Network without cable FAQ
These are questions college football fans ask when searching for ways to watch Pac-12 Networks without a TV provider.
Where can I watch the Pac-12 Network?
You can watch Pac-12 Network on fubo, Sling TV and Vidgo all carry Pac-12 Network and other sports networks such as ESPN.
Can you watch Pac-12 Network on YouTube TV?
No. YouTube TV currently does not carry PAC-12 Network in its channel lineup. But it does have ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FS1 and FS2, which carries some PAC-12 games.
Is Pac-12 Network on DIRECTV STREAM?
Pac-12 Network is not on DIRECTV STREAM. The live TV streaming service has ESPN, local channels and regional sports channels.
Is Pac-12 Network on ESPN Plus?
No. ESPN Plus does not carry PAC 12 Network as part of its streaming service.
You can watch college football games from Big 12, Big South, Conference USA, Ivy League, Mid American, Mid Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, and Sun Bell.
Does Amazon Prime have Pac-12 Network?
No. Amazon Prime currently does not carry Pac-12 Network. You can subscribe to Sling TV, fuboTV or Vidgo to watch Pac-12 on Amazon Fire TV devices.
How to watch Pac-12 Network for free
You can sign up for a free 7-day trial of fuboTV with either the Sports Plus or fubo Extra bundle to watch Pac-12 Network. The billing cycle kicks in once the free trial ends.
Does Hulu have Pac-12 Network?
No. Hulu with Live TV carries networks that do broadcast some Pac-12 games. These networks include ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FS1, FS2, and local FOX stations.
How much does the Pac-12 app cost?
The Pac-12 Now app is free to download, but you need to subscribe to a pay-tv provider in order to watch college football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball games.
Does the Pac-12 Now app work on Roku or Amazon Fire TV?
At the moment, the Pac-12 Now app only works on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android and iOS devices. Subscribers to fuboTV can also log in to the pac12.com site and watch live games.
What’s the best way to watch Pac-12 Network without cable?
You have three options for watching Pac 12 Network with cable. Sling TV, fubo and Vidgo all carry the national channel and regional channels.
Sling TV is the cheapest way possible to live stream Pac-12 Network to your TV using a Roku or other streaming device. With the Sports Extra bundle, you can watch Pac-12 live for $51 per month.
When you sign up for Sling TV, there are no contracts, or extra fees like cable TV. You can check the latest offer Sling TV is making to new and returning customers.
fubo might be a better value because you’re getting a wider channel selection, including local channels such as ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. A subscription costs $74.99 per month.
You can look over what local channels and regional sports networks are in your area. fubo offers a free 7-day trial with no obligations.
Note: This article was originally published on August 25, 2021, and has been updated.
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