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How to Watch the Big Ten Network Live Without Cable

Written by John O'Connor

With USC and UCLA slated to join the conference in 2024, this is an exciting time to be a Big Ten sports fan. While many of the Big Ten’s marquee matchups appear on larger networks, like FOX and ESPN, the Big Ten Network carries many games that devoted Big Ten fans will want to watch. You can live stream the Big Ten Network on a host of different devices, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, iPhone, laptops, and more.

Although fuboTV, DIRECTV STREAM, YouTube TV, Sling TV, and Hulu all carry the Big Ten Network, our top pick for watching the channel is fuboTV. fuboTV carries the Big Ten Network in the base package, and also offers a growing lineup of 4K sports programming, including FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff, a game that usually features Big Ten teams. In addition to its easy and intuitive setup process, one of the features we like most about fuboTV is the ease with which the app allows subscribers to pause a membership during the football offseason, a feature that can save cord cutting sports fans a significant amount of money.

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As an Indiana grad, an Ohio State football fan (confusing I know), and a kid who grew up going to football games with my Dad at the Big House in Ann Arbor, it’s fair to say that my Big Ten sports roots run deep.

Although it’s been years since I’ve lived in the Midwest, I still follow all the latest when it comes to Big Ten sports, especially football. To give you an idea of how deep my obsession with Big Ten Football runs, I will stream Mike Valenti’s show out of Detroit after big Michigan and Michigan State games to hear fan reactions, and as an Ohio State fan, you can probably guess whose fan base I most enjoy hearing freak out after losses. I also subscribe to the Detroit News solely to get access to Bob Wojnowski’s weekly Pigskin Pick Em’.

And despite the fact that many of the Buckeye games are broadcast on national television, I still like the option of tuning into games on the Big Ten network to scope out the competition.

Table of Contents
  1. The Best Streaming Options for Big Ten Network
  2. Can I watch the Big Ten Network on fuboTV?
  3. Can I watch the Big Ten Network on DIRECTV STREAM?
  4. Can I watch the Big Ten Network on Sling TV?
  5. Can I watch the Big Ten Network on Hulu + Live TV
  6. Can I watch the Big Ten Network on YouTube TV?
  7. Watching BTN FAQ

One of the things I enjoy most about living in the Mountain West timezone is the opportunity to watch the Big Ten games with 10 A.M. kickoffs. There is something really fun about watching a game while finishing up your morning coffee. But I don’t have cable and have had to find creative ways to watch my favorite Midwest teams online. The good news for cord cutters is that many of the top live TV streaming services carry the Big Ten Network.

are there two big ten networks?

One of the most confusing aspects of following Big Ten Network programming is the multiple feeds, all labeled as “Big Ten Network.” For example, to start the football season, several Big Ten non-conference matchups were tagged as airing on Big Ten Network, leaving sports fans in the Midwest confused. How can two games be on the Big Ten Network at the same time? The answer: there is a primary Big Ten Network feed, as well as overflow feeds. Unlike ESPN, which names their additional programming ESPN2, and ESPN3, the Big Ten Network calls all of its programming Big Ten Network. In the future, I would love to see Big Ten Network create a Big Ten Network 2 to add clarity for viewers.

The Best Streaming Options for Big Ten Network

Several live TV streaming services live stream the Big Ten Network, but only 3 platforms, fuboTV, Hulu, and YouTube TV offer the channel in the base package.

DIRECTV STREAM – ChoicefuboTVHulu + Live TVParamount+YouTube TVOrange & Blue Sports Extra
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If getting Big Ten Network in the base package isn’t crucial, these are the 5 best streaming providers that carry the Big Ten Network regardless of package:

  1. DIRECTV STREAM
  2. Fubo TV
  3. Sling TV
  4. Hulu + Live TV
  5. YouTube TV

Each of these choices can be streamed from a smart phone should you need to watch the game while traveling or in an airport.

A note to Big Ten sports fans – at present, you can’t stream the Big Ten Network on Philo.

The Big Ten Network website maintains a list of all the sports covered on the channel. which you can view, here.

Can I watch the Big Ten Network on fuboTV?

Yes, you can live stream Big Ten Network on fuboTV.

Can I stream from a smart phone? Yes.

fuboTV is my top pick for streaming the Big Ten Network because, unlike DIRECTV STREAM, fuboTV offers the Big Ten Network as part of its base package, whereas DIRECTV STREAM requires an upgrade to a package that costs $90 per month. Big Ten fans can save about $300 per year with fuboTV.

Fubo TV offers a free one-week trial, so if you’re in a pinch, and need to get that Ohio State vs. Michigan game on now, you can do so without coming out of pocket.

Read our Fubo TV review.


Can I watch the Big Ten Network on DIRECTV STREAM?

Yes, you can watch Big Ten Network on DIRECTV STREAM.

Can I stream from a smart phone? Yes.

DIRECTV STREAM carries the Big Ten Network as part of its “CHOICE” package, but the monthly price is steep. The advantage of going with a Choice package from DIRECTV STREAM is you will get access to a number of regional sports networks, Bally’s Sports Detroit and Bally Sports Wisconsin included, so you’ll end up with a more comprehensive sports package for your local pro sports teams. For some fans,DIRECTV STREAM’s large selection of RSNs will be worth the additional cost.

Read our DIRECTV STREAM review.


Can I watch the Big Ten Network on Sling TV?

Yes, you can watch Big Ten Network on Sling TV. You can add Sports Extra to a basic Sling package, or add Sports Extra to Orange & Blue.

Can I stream from a smart phone? Yes.

To watch the Big Ten Network on Sling TV, you order Sling Blue and add the Sports Extra add-on. The total for both services is $46 per month, which is a significantly cheaper option than either DIRECTV STREAM or fuboTV.

Read our Sling TV review.


Can I watch the Big Ten Network on Hulu + Live TV

Yes, Hulu + Live TV carries the Big Ten Network.

Can I stream from a smart phone? Yes.

Hulu TV is another option for cord cutters wanting to watch the Big Ten Network. Through Hulu’s Live TV package, viewers can access their favorite Big Ten games. Hulu also offers a free trial, and after that the service will cost you $64.99 per month.

Read our Hulu + Live TV review.


Can I watch the Big Ten Network on YouTube TV?

Yes, YouTube TV carries the Big Ten Network.

Read our full YouTube TV review.

Watching BTN FAQ

Can I watch the Big Ten Network on the FOX Sports app?

Yes, FOX is a part owner of BTN, so you can watch BTN with the FOX Sports app, and the platform offers a generous 1 hour free preview. After the 1 hour preview ends, you will need to use your cable or live TV streaming credentials to login to the app via TV Everywhere if you want to continue watching.

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