How to Watch Monumental Sports Network Without Cable

Sports fans can subscribe to Monumental Sports Network directly, or use DIRECTV STREAM, Fubo, Hulu Live TV or YouTube TV to watch the Washington Wizards and Nationals.

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Published: December 7, 2023

Monumental Sports Network is a new regional sports network available as a standalone streaming option and through four live TV streaming services. 

That gives avid fans of the Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals a number of choices to watch their favorite team without cable.

Monumental Sports Network, formerly NBC Sports Washington, is bringing a fresh perspective to the sports broadcasting scene in the Mid-Atlantic region.

As with any regional sports network, Monumental is only available to local fans. But Monumental Sports Network has widened its reach, now available on about 25 cable providers across Maryland, Virginia, DC, and parts of Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and West Virginia. 

Streaming Monumental Sports Without Cable in 2024

DIRECTV STREAMComprehensive sports channels; Unlimited DVR.High cost ($108.99/month for Choice); Less diverse non-sports content.
FuboExtensive sports and entertainment channels; “Look back” feature for missed games.($79.99/month for Pro); adds RSN fee
Hulu Live TVWell-balanced channel mix; Unlimited DVR storage.Limited to two screens
YouTube TVGood selection of sports channels; Unlimited DVR and multiple profiles.Single plan option
Monumental Sports DTCDirect access to local games and original content; Flexible subscription options.Limited to local team coverage; No additional sports or entertainment channels.

Monumental Sports direct-to-consumer (DTC) subscription offers a unique advantage for fans of local teams like the Washington Wizards and Capitals. Its DTC plan provides exclusive access to live, in-market games and original programming. It costs $19.99/month or $199.99/year. However, its limitation to only local team coverage and the absence of additional sports or entertainment channels might not cater to viewers with broader interests.

For those living in the Washington D.C. TV market, subscribing to Fubo or DIRECTV STREAM means getting Monumental and MASN along with local channels like WJLA-TV (ABC), WRC-TV (NBC), WUSA (CBS), and WTTG (FOX).

Considering the entire spectrum of options, Fubo and Hulu Live TV remain strong recommendations. Fubo is particularly appealing for sports enthusiasts who want more than one Regional Sports Network, and a package that balances sports with entertainment. Hulu Live TV caters well to families or households looking for a diverse mix of sports, news, and entertainment.

Monumental Sports Network DTC option

Monumental Sports Network is now offering direct-to-consumer (DTC) subscription memberships. 

This move is a game-changer for local fans without a pay TV subscription. A subscription grants you access to live, in-market games of the NHL’s Washington Capitals, and NBA’s Washington Wizards, and other local teams. The service has a variety of original programs and exclusive behind-the-scenes content to dive into.

Subscriptions are flexible, with monthly or annual memberships priced at $19.99 per month or $199.99 per year. You can sign up at Monumental Sports Network’s website or through the app available on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV.

For existing viewers accessing the network through a pay TV provider, there’s good news too. You can continue enjoying Monumental Sports Network just as before, plus access its newly launched digital platform at no extra cost.

DIRECTV STREAM: Stream Monumental Sports Network Live

DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) has Monumental Sports Network in three of its channel packages along with other cable networks that are important to NBA and NHL fans.

The Choice plan has more than 105 channels for $108.99 per month. 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. 

For sports enthusiasts with a focus on basketball and hockey, the DIRECTV STREAM Choice plan includes the following channels: ESPN, ESPN2, CBS Sports Network, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, NBA TV, NFL Network, ACC Network, Big Ten Network, ESPNews, and ESPNU. These channels offer a rich blend of live games, expert analysis, and in-depth coverage of both NBA, NHL and NFL, along with other sports content.

In addition to these sports-focused channels, the plan also offers a wide range of entertainment channels like AMC, HGTV, and Comedy Central.

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 DIRECTV STREAM Ultimate package includes several channels not found in the Choice bundle. These channels are FOX Sports 2, fyi, Golf Channel, LMN, LOGO HD, MGM, NHL Network, Oxygen, Revolt, STARZ (East), Sundance TV, Tennis Channel, TVG, and Universal Kids. 

The Premier Package has over 150 channels, including premium channels such as HBO, Cinemax and Showtime. 

In the DIRECTV STREAM Premier package, there are several exclusive channels not available in the Ultimate, or Choice bundles. These include channels like Boomerang, Destination America, Discovery Family Channel, Discovery Life, HBO (East), HBO 2 East, HBO Comedy East HD, HBO Family East, HBO Latino, HBO Signature East HD, HBO Zone East HD, Starz Cinema East HD, Starz Comedy East HD, Starz Edge East HD, Starz In Black East HD, and Starz Kids & Family. A subscription is $164.99 per month.

A subscription is $164.99 per month.

DIRECTV STREAM caters to avid sports fans with its comprehensive sports channel lineup, but compared to fubo’s more diverse sports coverage, it’s more suitable for those focusing primarily on NBA and NHL.

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

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. 

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Device support: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast with Google TV along with Smart TVs by Samsung, Sony Bravia

Fubo: Watch Wizards, Capitals games without cable

Fubo (formerly fuboTV) carries Monumental Sports Network as part of their regional sports networks.

Monumental Sports Network is available to Pro, Elite and Premier subscribers.  

The Pro channel package costs $74.99 per month and has 182 channels. The channel lineup includes local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX in most areas of the U.S. ESPN, ESPN2, Food network, Fox News, HGTV, Big Ten Network, Disney Junior, and Comedy Central are part of the Pro bundle.

The Elite plan is $84.99 per month, and has 65 more sports, news and entertainment channels. These are the same channels you will find in the fubo Extra and News Plus add-ons.

Some of these additional channels include beIN Sports LaLiga, BET, Big Ten Network (with alternatives), Game Show Network, Lifetime Movies, Military History, MotorTrend, MTV Classic, MTV Live, Nat Geo Wild, NBA TV, NHL Network,  and NickToons.

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

The Premier plan has 264 channels, including Showtime, for $94.99 per month. Subscribers get channels from fubo Extra, News Plus, Sports Plus and Showtime.

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.

All 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

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 is a great option for households that enjoy a variety of sports, offering an extensive sports lineup, including NBA TV and NHL Network, unlike DIRECTV STREAM, which is more NBA and NHL-centric.

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.

You can get a free 7-day trial and try out watching Monumental Sports Network without a cable subscription.

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Elite $89.99/month255
Premier$99.99/month264 & 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.

Hulu Live TV: Streaming Monumental Sports Online

Hulu Live TV provides a well-rounded selection of channels covering news, entertainment, and sports.

ABC News Live, CNN, ESPN, Fox News, FX, HGTV, MSNBC, NBC, NFL Network, SYFY, TBS, TLC, TNT, and USA 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 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. 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 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 Live TV appeals to those who balance sports with general entertainment and news, offering a well-rounded channel selection, a contrast to YouTube TV’s sports-focused package.

With a Hulu Live TV subscription, you can activate the ESPN app for ESPN3, and unlock all live sports on ESPN Plus.

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Hulu (With Ads) + Live TV, Disney+ (With Ads) and ESPN+ (With Ads)$76.99/month90+
Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV, Disney+ (No Ads) and ESPN+ (With Ads)$89.99/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.

YouTube TV: Get Monumental Sports Networks, ESPN for Sports

YouTube TV has 128 channels, including ESPN, ESPN2, Monumental Sports Network and NBA TV for $72.99 per month.

There is only one way to get Monumental Sports Network through the base plan.

The YouTube TV base plan 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 entertainment networks such as Bravo and Disney Junior.

YouTube TV offers a 4K Plus add-on for $10 per month. The first year of the 4K add–on is $5 per month. 

YouTube offers 4K resolution with the following channels: Discovery, ESPN, FOX Sports, FX, Nat Geo, NBC Sports, Tastemade, and MLB Network. The 4K bundle also gives subscribers the ability to stream on unlimited screens, and to download some content.

Unlimited Cloud DVR is included with any subscription. And you can create up to 6 profiles for a household per account.

YouTube TV is ideal for those who prioritize a mix of sports, including NBA and Monumental Sports Network, offering a slightly different selection compared to Hulu Live TV’s broader entertainment focus.

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. 

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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.


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