How to Watch Spectrum SportsNet Live Without Cable

Spectrum SportsNet is a regional sports channel that you can watch without cable, but it’s only on one live TV streaming service.
Since Spectrum SportsNet is a regional sports network, it’s only available in a few specific regions of the U.S.

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Spectrum SportsNet is a regional sports channel that you can watch without cable, but it’s only on one live TV streaming service.

Since Spectrum SportsNet is a regional sports network, it’s only available in a few specific regions of the U.S.

The network serves the Southern California area, including the Los Angeles and San Diego metropolitan region, the Coachella Valley, the Central Coast of California, the Las Vegas Valley, and Hawaii.

Spectrum SportsNet carries live games of the Los Angeles Lakers. Spectrum SportsNet has a sibling network in the Los Angeles market called Spectrum SportsNet LA. You can find Los Angeles Dodgers games on Spectrum SportsNet LA. 

How to Watch Spectrum SportsNet

Cord-cutters can use Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast with Google TV to stream Spectrum SportsNet. Smart TVs by Samsung, Sony Bravia, Vizio and LG support a variety of streaming services, including DIRECTV STREAM.

Live TV streaming services are similar to cable TV subscriptions. You can watch local broadcast channels such as FOX, NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS. There are popular cable channels such as ESPN, FS1, CNN and HGTV.

Game consoles including XBox and PlayStation support watching TV. Mobile apps for streaming services can be used on iPhones and iPads (with current iOS) and Android mobile devices to watch TV. 

To get started, you just need an Internet connection or data plan. Once you get a free trial of a live TV streaming service, download the app to your Smart TV, or streaming device.

Keep in mind that not every Los Angeles Lakers game is on Spectrum SportsNet. Many games throughout the regular season are on ABC, TNT, and ESPN.

Can I watch the L.A. Lakers on a TV antenna?

You can watch any Los Angeles Lakers game that is broadcast on ABC by using a TV antenna. 

ABC is a free over-the-air (OTA) channel. Local channels such as NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, MeTV, ion TV, MyNetworkTV and Telemundo are free through a TV antenna.

People living within 30 to 40 miles of local broadcast towers have an excellent shot at getting local broadcast channels, including your local ABC station.

You can use the free tool at AntennasDirect to see whether FOX is available in your area. Local channels broadcast digital signals in 1080i or 720p, which is High Definition.

If you are new to TV antennas, here is a list of resources that I have written to get you started.


DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) has local ABC stations, ESPN, and TNT. 

You can get more than 75 TV channels in the Entertainment plan for $74.99 per month. You can sign up for a 5-day free trial without any obligations.

The Choice package has a wide selection of 40 regional sports channels, including Bally Sports networks, and NBC Sports. 

Choice subscribers get more than 105 channels for $99.99 per month. The Ultimate package has more than 140 channels, including locals, and sports channels such as NHL Network. The Ultimate package is $109.99 per month. 

The Premier Package has over 150 channels, including premium channels such as Max, Cinemax and Showtime. A subscription is $154.99 per month.

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. 

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.

Sling TV

Sling TV is the cheapest option to stream NBA games on ESPN and TNT for $40 per month.

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

The Sling Blue plan has 40 channels, including Discovery, NFL Network, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, MSNBC, and Stadium, but doesn’t include ESPN.  

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

You can combine Sling Orange and Sling Blue for $55 per month to maximize your channel lineup.

All subscribers get 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage. 

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.

There are no hidden fees or contracts if you decide to keep the service. 

Hulu Live TV

Hulu Live TV has over 75 live TV channels, including ESPN, CBS Sports Network and SEC Network.

FS1, FS2, MLB Network, and NHL Network are among some of the other sports channels.

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 $76.99 per month, and includes ad-supported subscriptions to Disney+ and ESPN+. With a Hulu Live TV subscription, you can activate the ESPN app and unlock all live sports on ESPN Plus.

So you’re getting more than just live TV channels to watch.

Hulu has local NBC, ABC and FOX stations across the U.S. Hulu no longer offers a free trial for live TV, but you can look over the channel lineup before deciding whether to sign up.


Fubo (formerly fuboTV)  offers three plans with ESPN and local ABC stations, but it doesn’t have TNT.

The Pro channel package has 170 channels, including news, entertainment and local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX stations. 

Big Ten Network, NBA TV, Pac-12 Networks and local CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX stations are part of the Pro bundle.

There are entertainment channels like A&E, Bravo, FX, two Hallmark channels and National Geographic. The Weather Channel and FOX News are among 152 channels in its lineup.

A subscription costs $74.99 per month. There’s a free trial for new customers. 

There is 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR, and you don’t even need to rely on that to record games. fubo has “lookback”, an on-demand feature for sporting events that aired in the last 72 hours.

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

Subscribers can watch live TV on three screens at once.

fubo adds a regional sports fee. It costs $10.99 per month for one regional network. It’s $13.99 per month if you have two RSNs in your area. You can look over fubo’s channels to see what locals and regional sports networks are available in your area.

If you own a 4K TV, then take note: fubo is the only streaming service that live streams select sporting events in 4K HDR.

fubo has its own app for live streaming on Smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Fire Sticks, Apple TV and Android TV devices like NVIDIA Shield TV. You can also live stream NBC Sports Chicago on your iPhone and Android smartphone using the fubo mobile app.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV has 128 channels for $72.99 per month, and you’ll be able to watch NHL games live.

Subscribers get local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX stations. The channel lineup includes ESPN, TNT TBS, USA Network, Comedy Central, and Telemundo. 

You can watch live TV or on-demand content on up to three screens at once. 

Customers get unlimited Cloud DVR and an on-demand library of ABC shows.

There are YouTube TV apps for Roku, Apple TV and a mobile app for Chromecast. You can stream on up to two devices at once.

You can try out YouTube TV with a free 7-day trial.

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