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How to Watch Live Sports on NBC Without Cable

Written by Derek Fleming

You don’t need a cable TV subscription to watch live sports on NBC. Here are the best options for watching NBC live online on the streaming device of your choice, including Roku, iPhone, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TVs, and Amazon Fire TVs.

Table of Contents
  1. Which live TV streaming services carry NBC?
  2. How to watch NBC on DIRECTV STREAM
  3. How to watch NBC on Fubo
  4. How to watch NBC on Hulu + Live TV
  5. How to watch NBC on YouTube TV
  6. Watching sports on NBC FAQ

Several live TV streaming services, including YouTube TV, fuboTV, Hulu, and DIRECTV STREAM carry NBC affiliates. I list the pros and cons of each platform for watching NBC, below.

Sports fans who cut the cord and ditch cable will want to ensure they can live stream their local NBC affiliate. Although NBC no longer offers NHL hockey coverage, the channel carries Premier League soccer, PGA Golf, NFL Sunday Night Football, the Super Bowl in some years, Notre Dame football home games, NASCAR, cycling, and more. Beginning in 2023, NBC will also be the home of a featured Big Ten Football game called “Big Ten Saturday Night Football.”


Live stream NBC affiliates nationwide, plus in-market coverage of every NBC owned regional sports network.

$74.99 / month

7 Day Free Trial


Extensive NBC sports coverage at a good price. Upgrade for RSNs.

$74.99 / month

Free 5 Day Trial

YouTube TV

Watch NBC live nationwide.

$72.99 / month

14 Day Free Trial

Hulu + Live TV

Watch NBC live nationwide.

$69.99 / month

Sign Up for Hulu

Which live TV streaming services carry NBC?

In the easy to use table below, we list the live TV streaming services that carry local NBC affiliates. Note: Sling TV only carries NBC in select markets.

DIRECTV STREAM – ChoiceFuboHulu + Live TVPhilo TVSling Orange & BlueYouTube TV

don’t confuse nbc sports with nbc owned regional sports networks

When we say you can live stream NBC on a given platform, we mean the national lineup carried by your local NBC affiliate, not NBC owned regional sports networks, like NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports Chicago, and NBC Sports Bay Area, to name a few. NBC carries marquee nationally televised sporting events, like Sunday Night Football, Notre Dame football, Premier League soccer, and in the future, a featured Big Ten Saturday Night Football game.

By contrast, NBC owned regional sports networks carry local MLB, NBA, and NHL games for in-market fans. Although they share some branding, the programming lineups between NBC owned RSNs and NBC national broadcasts are very different. Our top pick for streaming NBC, fuboTV, also carries every NBC Sports RSN, including NBC Sports Chicago in the base package.

How to watch NBC on DIRECTV STREAM

DIRECTV STREAM carries NBC affiliates in the base package, and subscribers can use their DTV Stream login credentials to access the NBC Sports app via TV Everywhere.

While DIRECTV STREAM does carry NBC owned regional sports networks, but an upgrade to the more expensive “Choice” plan is required to access these channels.

Sports fans can watch all the major NBC sports events with a DIRECTV STREAM subscription, as well as other important channels like CBS, TNT, ESPN, FS1, and more. In addition, you can stream MNF with a DIRECTV STREAM account.

How to watch NBC on Fubo

You can live stream NBC affiliates nationwide with Fubo in the base plan.

fuboTV carries select NBC Sports programming in 4K on supported devices, and also offers NBC Sports Chicago in 4K.

In addition, the NBC sports app supports fuboTV credentials via TV Everywhere. I ran a test and used my fuboTV login information to watch the Presidents Cup on the NBC Sports app, and the experience was seamless.

In addition to NBC, fuboTV also carries every NBC Sports regional sports network for in-market MLB, NBA, and NHL action.

If you want to watch an NBC regional sports network via TV everywhere using the NBC Sports app, login as usual and follow the prompts.

How to watch NBC on Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live TV carries NBC affiliates nationwide and, depending on viewing territory, also broadcasts NBC owned regional sports networks.

NFL fans can watch Sunday Night Football from coast to coast with Hulu.

How to watch NBC on YouTube TV

YouTube TV carries NBC affiliates nationwide as well as select NBC sports programming in 4K with the 4K Plus add-on.

For 2023, YouTube TV is the new home of NFL Sunday Ticket, which will be a must-have for out-of-market NFL fans.

Watching sports on NBC FAQ

Can I watch live sports on the NBC Sports app for free?

Yes, but only for 10 minutes. Users are permitted a 10 minute preview window where they can watch a sporting event live on the NBC Sports app without using their login credentials from their streaming or TV provider.

Can I watch NBC on Sling TV?

Only in select markets. Sling TV doesn’t carry NBC for most subscribers. If you live in one of these big cities, you can watch NBC on Sling TV:
New York
Washington, D.C
Miami/Ft. Lauderdale
Hartford/New Haven
Dallas/Ft. Worth
Los Angeles
San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose
San Diego

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