Before COVID, sports fans everywhere rejoiced any time their favorite team had a game. There is something so unique and enticing about putting on your team’s jersey, walking out of the house, and knowing that in just a few minutes, you’ll be one of the thousands in a stadium cheering the team on and enjoying that home run, goal, or touchdown right there in the middle of all the action.
In fact, you don’t even have to be an avid sports fan to partake in the festivities of the sports leagues. A sporting event, whether it is college sports or the PGA Tour, is best enjoyed when it’s watched live by a crowd buzzing with excitement.
Of course, that all changed with a pandemic. Nowadays, most sports fans watch live sports coverage at home on their TVs or on their phones. If there is one thing that’s been beneficial to the isolation that stemmed from the pandemic is how accessible reliable, high-speed Internet is for most of society.
Services such as AT&T TV, NBC Sports, and CBS All Access have made it possible for sports fans everywhere to, once again, be a part of the game and enjoy watching their team from the comfort of their home.
There are many ways to stream sporting events. Watching live sports coverage at home is ideal for most of us, but, for fans on the go or with jobs that take them away from their homes, there is still hope. There is an option for everyone.
The term “streaming” is one that is fairly new in our vocabulary. It wasn’t until the last few years that we started spending hours on our phones to binge shows on platforms such as Netflix or Hulu. In fact, six out of ten households with smartphones have unlimited mobile data plans that are often used for streaming services.
When people talk about streaming, they are typically referring to watching TV online. Let’s say that you’re catching up on the last 30 for 30, or maybe you’re watching your favorite international sports on your phone while you’re sitting on the bus; either way, you are streaming all of these services through platforms available in the form of apps.
In order to do this, though—especially when you are streaming through your phone—it is essential that your data plans are good enough to carry the weight of all the data that is consumed while you’re enjoying your favorite shows or live sports. Nobody wants to end up with a much-higher-than-normal cell phone bill. If you’re on the go, your data plan needs to reflect that.
If you want to stream TV on your phone or tablet, you will need an unlimited data plan. For watching on an actual TV, a subscription to one of the major live-TV streaming services or a packaged deal through a cable or satellite provider will get the job done.
Depending on your needs as a sports fan, you can also subscribe to specific providers to get the most bang for your buck. Apps like NHL Network, NBC Sports, CBS All Access, and the NFL Network also offer specific plans and subscriptions so you can watch your favorite sports from your phone, tablet, or TV. This may be a better option for fans of specific sports who don’t need all the options that come in bundles.
What a lot of people don’t realize is that a lot of the services you are already subscribed to also offer a variety of sports-coverage options that allow you to watch live games.
There are plenty of ways to stream live sports these days. While some sporting events are starting to allow the fans back in the stadiums, for the sports fans who don’t feel safe being in large crowds or who cannot go to a live sporting event, streaming services provide a way to still enjoy the live-action and cheer on your favorite team. It no longer matters where you are or whether you’re near a TV; streaming has made it possible for all of your favorite sports to come to you.