What Sports Fans Need To Know Before Cutting The Cord

Cord Cutting Sports Fans: What You Need To Know Before Cutting The Cord

If you are a sports fan like I am, the last thing you want to hear is that you can’t watch your favorite team in action. Well, that’s the dilemma that I face weekly during football season when I cannot watch my beloved Carolina Panthers play. Why? Several months back we cut the cord and dropped our television provider to save money. I will be honest, the monthly bill for dish or cable (we have had both) was just ridiculously expensive and I did not feel the need to pay that anymore and my family and I are not alone in this thought. Cord cutting is becoming increasingly popular as more and more internet based streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video continue to grow.

So, What About Watching The Games With An Antenna?

However, for cord cutting sports fans, this creates a problem. Without a television provider, how do we watch our games? Sure, you could get a rooftop antenna and pick up your local stations, that might work. But, in my case, I live in an area where my local Fox affiliate is unattainable, even with a rooftop antenna. The tower is just too far away. True NFL fans know that Fox holds the rights to broadcast all Sunday games that involve NFC teams playing against one another and NFC teams playing at an AFC team’s home. Well guess what? The Carolina Panthers are an NFC team, which means that 90-95% of their games will be broadcast on Fox.

Cord Cutting Sports Fans Can Stream All The Games Online, Right?

Now, you ask, what about streaming the games online? Here’s the real kicker. CBS, which carries the AFC teams and AFC teams playing at an NFC team’s home, has decided to stream their games online, including all the playoff games that they carry. NBC, which carries the Sunday Night Football games during the regular season and two of the playoff games, also streams their games. Fox, on the other hand, has decided to be stingy and not stream their games, unless you have a subscription from a very limited list of cable providers, none of which are offered in our area. How uncool is that? C’mon, Fox! Get with it! Just add some advertising, stream the games, and make some extra cash off of us cord cutting sports fans like the rest of the networks!

What About Game Rewind?

The NFL Network does offer a streaming service called Game Rewind, which streams the game thirty minutes after its over, but that is after the game is OVER and someone has already called me and told me what happened. That would be like watching a movie after already knowing the ending. It just ruins everything.

Live Sports and the Plight of the Cord Cutting Sports Fan

Tell Me “It’s Just A Game,” One More Time…

I know that a lot of you will say “It’s just a game” or “You can watch all the other games, can’t you be happy with that?” None of the other games involve my favorite team, therefore I don’t give a hoot about them, and the next person that tells me it is just a game just might get to eat my fist. Tasty. I have been a football fan ever since I was able to crawl, and giving it up would be like giving up your favorite food or drink. I would be miserable. I know I helped make the decision to cut the cord, but I am going through football withdrawal right about now, and I would like some suggestions as to how to watch the games, legally, and at the time of their broadcast, without paying for television service. Can anyone help a cord cutting sports fan out?

Any Suggestions On How To Legally Stream Live Football For The Cord Cutting Sports Fans Out There?

Cord Cutting: A Comparison Of Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime

Cord Cutting: A Comparison of Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime

We cut the cord a while back. Several months ago actually. Our satellite bill was getting out of hand. We were paying somewhere around $120 a month for TV. That is insane. So, we cut it off cold turkey and then went without TV at all for several months. However, a couple of months ago we started getting antsy, jonesing for our TV fixes {hey, Castle and Vampire Diaries were back and we were missing out!} so, after a little internet research to see if we could come up with cheaper TV options, we decided to try out Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime.
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