How to Watch Big Ten Basketball Games & Tournament

Streaming has increasingly become a favorite for sports fans, and Big Ten Basketball is no exception. This season introduces NBC’s Peacock into the mix, broadcasting games live for the first time.

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The 2023-24 season for Big Ten Basketball promises to be an exciting one, with significant changes in how fans can catch the action. 

Whether you’re rooting for teams like Minnesota, Illinois, or Ohio State, there’s a whole new world of viewing options available. This guide will walk you through the essentials of watching Big Ten Basketball this season, highlighting key changes and providing tips for both traditional TV viewers and cord-cutters.

I’ve thoroughly tested every streaming service and scrutinized cable networks to bring you the most comprehensive guide on watching the 2023-24 Big Ten Basketball season. My firsthand experience and detailed research ensure you have the most current and reliable information for your viewing choices.

I have included a schedule for all the games below, and where you can watch them. This schedule will be updated weekly.

How to Watch Big Ten Games & Tournament

Upon evaluating how to watch the most Big Ten Basketball games without cable, Sling TV and Hulu Live TV emerge as the two most recommendable choices.

Sling TV stands out as the most budget-friendly option. At a base subscription of $40 per month plus $11 for the Sports Extra bundle, it provides access to Big Ten Network and a range of other sports channels, making it ideal for cost-conscious sports enthusiasts who also use a TV antenna for local channels.

Hulu Live TV, priced at $76.99 per month, offers a more comprehensive package. It includes ESPN, Big Ten Network, FS1, FOX, CBS, and a wide array of entertainment and news channels, alongside unlimited DVR storage. Sports fans also get access to ESPN+ for other live sports. This makes Hulu Live TV a versatile option for viewers seeking a balance of sports, news, and entertainment in one platform.

ServiceProsCons
Sling TVAffordable; customizable packages; wide device compatibilityRequires add-ons for full sports coverage
Hulu Live TVBroad channel selection; includes Disney+ and ESPN+; unlimited DVRSlightly higher cost; single plan option
DIRECTV STREAMExtensive channel lineup; includes local channelsHigher price; complex package options
FuboComprehensive sports coverage; large DVR storage; 72-hour “look back” featureHigher monthly cost; complex package options
YouTube TVDiverse channels including key sports networks; unlimited DVR; multiple profilesMissing some regional sports networks
Paramount+Cost-effective for CBS content; includes Showtime; 4K streamingLimited to CBS; Essential plan lacks live CBS
PeacockAffordable Premium plan; access to NBC shows and sports; live streamingPremium Plus required for full NBC access

Here is a breakdown to help you understand the bigger shift toward more networks and streaming services showing the Big Ten Conference this season.

Streaming Services

Streaming has increasingly become a favorite for sports fans, and Big Ten Basketball is no exception. This season introduces NBC’s Peacock into the mix, broadcasting games live for the first time. Additionally, the FOX Sports App offers another digital avenue, especially for those using devices like tablets or smartphones. But you need a TV provider, or a live TV streaming service to access live games on the FOX Sports app.

Cable Networks

Dedicated sports channels like ESPNBig Ten Network (BTN), and FS1 are integral to following Big Ten Basketball. Providers like DIRECTV STREAM, Fubo, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV offer these networks, ensuring you don’t miss any tournaments or key matchups involving teams like Penn State, Iowa, or Michigan State.

Services like Hulu, Fubo, and YouTube TV extend their value with access to live TV, movies, and original programming alongside live sports. For fans who prefer streaming, these platforms provide a comprehensive entertainment package.

Traditional Broadcasts: CBS and FOX

For those who prefer the traditional route, several games will be broadcast on CBS and FOX. If you’re in the vicinity of these networks’ broadcasts, a simple TV antenna could be your ticket to enjoying live games without any subscription costs. This classic method remains effective, especially for prominent games.

Non-Televised Games: Don’t Miss Out

Not all games make it to the big screen. For these non-televised games, platforms like BTN and specific streaming services might offer exclusive coverage. It’s always a good idea to check their lineups or schedules for any games involving teams like Nebraska, Rutgers, or Oregon.

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 Big Ten Network, ESPN, FS1 and local broadcast channels such as CBS and FOX.

That combination of sports networks is important if you’re a fan of the Big Ten Conference and your local NBA or NFL team.

The Choice has more than 105 channels for $108.99 per month. Choice subscribers get a wide selection of 40 regional sports channels, including Bally Sports networks, and NBC Sports.

DIRECTV STREAM is suitable for serious sports aficionados, offering an extensive range of sports networks. While it offers more channels than Sling TV, its higher price point makes it a choice for those willing to invest more for premium sports coverage.

The Ultimate package has more than 140 channels, including locals, and sports channels such as NHL Network. The Ultimate package is $119.99 per month. 

The Premier Package has over 150 channels, including premium channels such as HBO, Cinemax and Showtime. A subscription is $164.99 per month.

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 hours of Cloud DVR storage and 40,000 on-demand movies and shows. You can watch live TV on unlimited screens within your home.

Sling TV

PLANPRICECHANNELS
Orange$40/month32
Blue$40/month41 (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 watch Big Ten Network, but you won’t get a local CBS station. Sling TV is a good option for cord-cutters who are using a TV antenna for local channels. 

The important thing to remember is that you’re going to need to add the Sports Extra bundle to watch Big Ten Networks. 

A subscription costs $40 per month. Sports Extra costs $11 per month. Subscribers get 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage.

The Sling TV Orange plan includes 32 channels, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and entertainment networks like A&E and History.

You can get all Big Ten channels by adding the Sports Extra bundle to either the Orange or Blue channel package. 

Sling Blue subscribers get NFL Network, FOX Sports 1, and FOX Sports 2. To maximize sports channels, you can combine the Sling TV Blue with Sling TV Orange for $55 per month.

Sling TV is the optimal choice for budget-focused sports fans. It offers the essential sports channels, including the Big Ten Network, at a lower cost than Hulu Live TV, making it ideal for viewers who prioritize sports coverage and affordability.

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

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

Fubo

  • Free trial
  • 1,000 hours Cloud DVR
  • 10 simultaneous streams
PLANPRICECHANNELS
Pro$74.99/month182
Elite $84.99/month248
Premier$94.99/month257 & 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 Big Ten Network, local CBS stations and harder-to-find regional sports networks such as NESN, Bally Sports and ROOT Sports Northwest.

The Pro channel package has 182 channels, including local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX in most areas of the U.S. You get other key networks such as Big Ten Network and FS1.

Subscribers get 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR storage. 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 subscription costs $74.99 per month. fuboTV has a library of on-demand movies, and TV shows. Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV and Smart TVs all carry the fuboTV app.

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 is tailored for dedicated sports enthusiasts, especially those interested in regional sports networks. In contrast to Hulu Live TV, Fubo focuses more on sports content, making it a preferred choice for sports-centric viewers.

Fubo offers a couple of add-on bundles as well.

The Fubo Extra bundle adds 59 more channels for $7.99 per month. It includes NBA TV, INSP, Tennis Channel, MTV Live, MTV Classic, FXM, Pac 12 Networks, and ESPNews.

The Sports Plus bundle adds 32 more channels and costs $10.99 per month. It 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.

Some games on Big Ten Network as streaming in upscaled 4K for Elite plan and Premier plan subscribers.

Fubo has mobile apps for iPhone and Android so you can watch ESPN live on your smartphone. Subscribers can also 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 90 live TV channels, including ESPN, Big Ten Network, CBS, CBS Sports Network, ESPN College Extra, 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.

Hulu Live is best for households seeking a comprehensive mix of sports, entertainment, and news. Unlike Sling TV, which requires add-ons for complete sports coverage, Hulu Live TV provides a wide range of channels in a single package, appealing to a broader audience.

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.

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

There are more than 500 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’s channel lineup also has local NBC, ABC and FOX stations across the U.S.

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 Big Ten Network, ESPN and local channels such as ABC and CBS.

A subscription costs $72.99 per month.

The YouTube TV base plan also carries other key sports channels for fans such as TNT, TBS, SEC Network, ACC Network, ESPNews, FS1, FS2, NFL Network, and MLB Network. YouTube TV carries regional NBC Sports networks across the U.S., but is missing others such as Bally Sports and YES Network.

You’ll also be able to watch CNN, Golf Channel and Nickelodeon and PBS Kids. Unlimited Cloud DVR is included with a subscription. And you can create up to 6 profiles for a household per account.

YouTube TV is ideal for families or shared households, offering a diverse mix of channels. While it has a similar price to Hulu Live TV, its emphasis on sports and family-friendly content differentiates it for viewers with varied interests.

The service works with Chromecast, Roku, Fire TV, NVIDIA Shield TV, Apple TV and Chromecast.

Paramount Plus

  • Popular new movies and TV shows
  • CBS live stream (Premium Plus)
  • Live sports
  • Offers a free trial
PLANPRICECHANNELS
Essential$5.99/mo.On-demand
With Showtime$11.99/moCBS Live & Showtime
Device support: Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Android TV, Android phone, Android tablet, Chromecast, Fire TV, Portal TV, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PCs, Samsung TV, Vizio TV, LG TV, Roku, Xbox, Xfinity, Xumo, Cox Contour box, VIDAA TV, Google TV.

Paramount+ is the cheapest way to watch Big Ten basketball games that air on CBS without cable TV or satellite service.

You will need to subscribe to the Paramount+ with Showtime plan, which costs $11.99 per month.  Subscribers to the Paramount Plus with Showtime get a local CBS station, the full Showtime library, and 4K HDR streaming for $11.99 per month.

Live sports under the Showtime plan includes the PGA Tour, Champions League soccer, and SEC Football on CBS.

First launched as CBS All Access, this streaming service now has a growing library of movies, live news, and full seasons of TV shows from CBS, BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and Smithsonian Channel.

Paramount+ is an affordable way to access specific CBS sports content. Compared to the broader offerings of Hulu Live TV, it’s a more focused choice for CBS sports and entertainment fans.

This cheaper Essential plan for Paramount+ does not have a local CBS feed, and comes with limited commercials. It’s a solid alternative to cable if you just want on-demand CBS programs. You can watch NFL games on CBS every Sunday. There are also college football and basketball games. 

Subscribers can stream up three shows simultaneously on separate devices.

Peacock

  • Popular new movies and TV shows
  • NBC live stream (Premium Plus)
  • Live sports
  • Join Peacock
PLANPRICECHANNELS
Premium$5.99/mo.On-demand
Premium Plus$11.99/moNBC live & on-demand
Device support: Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, LG Smart TV, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Samsung TV, Hisense VIDA, VIZIO Smart TV, Xfinity Flex.

Peacock now livestreams a number of sporting events, including basketball games from the Big Ten Conference.

You can watch live games using the Premium plan, which costs $5.99 per month.

Subscribers to Peacock Premium Plus gain 24/7 access to their local NBC station for $11.99 per month. Peacock has made all 210 local NBC affiliates available through its service, enabling fans of shows like “The Voice” and “One Chicago” to watch live or on demand with Premium Plus.

The streaming service offers a range of live sports, including Sunday Night Football, Notre Dame Football, the Premier League, NASCAR, INDYCAR and WWE events.

For those who don’t require live TV but want access to NBC shows, the Premium plan is available. This plan provides full access to Peacock Originals, such as “Poker Face” and “Twisted Metal,” along with other live channels like NBC News Now and Hallmark Channel, plus on-demand shows from MSNBC. Peacock Premium is priced at $5.99 a month.

Peacock is a great option for NBC sports enthusiasts and general entertainment viewers. While it’s more limited compared to the comprehensive package of Hulu Live TV, it’s perfect for those primarily interested in NBC’s content.

The platform features full seasons of popular series like “Saturday Night Live,” “Yellowstone,” and “The Office.”

FAQs: How to Watch Big Ten Basketball in 2023-2024

Can I Watch Big Ten Basketball on a TV Antenna?

Yes, you can watch Big Ten Basketball on a TV antenna, but this is limited to games broadcast on FOX and CBS. It’s a cost-effective way for fans to enjoy live sports.

Is Big Ten Basketball on HBO Max Sports Add-on?

No, HBO Max Sports add-on does not currently include Big Ten Basketball. The conference’s games are primarily available on CBS, FOX, ESPN, Big Ten Network, and other mentioned networks and streaming services.

Does Amazon Prime have Big Ten Basketball?

Amazon Prime does not offer any of the cable or broadcast networks that carry Big Ten Basketball. You can find other live sports on Amazon Prime such as “Thursday Night Football.”

What channel is Big Ten basketball conference tournament on?

The games are being broadcast on Big Ten Network, FOX, FS1, ESPN and CBS. BTN games are also being simulcast on the FOX Sports app once it’s activated with a TV provider. Streaming platforms this year include Peacock and Paramount+.

Big Ten Men’s Basketball Televised Schedule – December 2023 (Week 1)

DateAway TeamHome TeamTimeTV/Streaming
Dec 2, 2023BucknellPenn State12:00 PMBTN
Dec 2, 2023MarquetteWisconsin12:30 PMFOX
Dec 2, 2023MichiganOregon3:30 PMFS1
Dec 2, 2023IllinoisRutgers4:00 PMBTN
Dec 3, 2023CreightonNebraska4:00 PMFS1
Dec 3, 2023MinnesotaOhio State6:30 PMBTN
Dec 4, 2023IowaPurdue7:00 PMBTN
Dec 5, 2023IllinoisFlorida Atlantic6:30 PMESPN
Dec 5, 2023WisconsinMichigan State7:00 PMPeacock
Dec 5, 2023IndianaMichigan9:00 PMPeacock
Dec 6, 2023Miami (Ohio)Ohio State7:00 PMBTN
Dec 6, 2023RutgersWake Forest6:00 PMACCN
Dec 6, 2023Penn StateMaryland7:00 PMBTN
Dec 6, 2023NebraskaMinnesota9:00 PMBTN
Dec 7, 2023IowaIowa State8:00 PMESPNU

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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.

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