How to Watch College Basketball on Roku, Fire TV, & Apple TV (2018 Update)




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Three happy young men watching football game and keeping arms raised while sitting on sofaThe 2018 college basketball season is now here, and in 2018 college basketball is easier ever! The best part is there is no longer a need to agree to a two-year contract with cable TV to watch college basketball with crazy high costs.

This is your guide on how you can watch college basketball without the high cost and long-term contracts of cable TV.

Step #1: CBS, and FOX

In 2017 many of the biggest college backsetball games aired for free over the air on CBS, and FOX. The best part is many of the biggest games every week will once again be free over the air for the 2018 and 2019 season. (Especially after College Football comes to an end.)

If you have the option, an antenna is always the best way to watch college basketball to avoid the delay or the risk of the stream crashing out. If you need an antenna or want to see what channels you can get where you live, check out Antenna Web. Need one installed? Call Sling TV at 888-364-6055 and they will sell you an antenna and install it starting at $99.99.

Now over 90% of Americans have access to some or all of these channels; however, that still leaves 30 million Americans who struggle to get one network or another over the air. For them a growing number of services, such as Hulu and PlayStation Vue, all offer locals. We recommend you check out each site to see what locals they offer in your area.

Step #2: ESPN, FS1, FS2, BTN, & More

You now know how to get your local stations, but what about the national networks such as ESPN? The good news is with Sling TVHulu, PlayStation Vue, and DIRECTV NOW you can access a ton of national networks.

First let’s find out if these services support the devices you own:

Streaming Player Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV NOW YouTube TV Hulu Beta Fubo TV
Roku X X  X X  X X
Fire TV X X X  X X
Apple TV X X X X X X
Chromecast X X X X X X
Android Phones/Tablet X X X X X X
Android TV X  X X  X
Xbox One X X
PlayStation 4 X

Now, let’s take a look at what services have which channels:

Channel Sling TV  PS Vue DIRECTV NOW Hulu fuboTV YouTube TV
ESPN Goal Line X X X X X
FS1 X X X  X X X
CBS Sports X  X  X  X
Big Ten Network X X X X X
SEC Network X X X X X
Pac-12 X X

Not sure if you should pick Sling TV, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, or DIRECTV NOW? They all offer a free trial so why not give them all a try?*Please note you will find the ESPN Goal Line in the Sling TV app but all others you need to use the WatchESPN app to view ESPN Goal Line.

Step #3: Free Options:


If you are a college sports fan you should check out the new streaming service Stadium. Stadium combines the talents of Campus Insider, 120 Sports, and the American Sports Network into a single network.

The new 24/7 sports network Stadium will launched back in August 2017band is 100% free online, and will air select games on some Sinclair-owned TV stations free over-the-air TV. Not only have they launched a 24/7 live TV network, but it also hasha comprehensive array of on-demand content including full games, classic events, and highlights. Right now Stadium 24/7 is streaming free on Twitter and Pluto TV apps.

Look for multiple live college basketball games every Saturday from several college basketball leagues including C-USA, Mountain West, Patriot League, and the Southern Conference.

Pluto TV

Pluto TV and the Big Sky Conference, an NCAA Division I Conference, recently announced a partnership. As part of the deal, Big Sky Conference will air all of its live streamed sports events on Pluto TV for free including up to 700 football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, and select soccer, softball, and track and field events. Previously, you had to pay a cable company for a special channel or be stuck watching it on your laptop.

You will find the Big Sky Conference on the Pluto TV app by tuning into Channel 230. The Pluto TV app is also available on any connected living room device such as Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation or Xbox as well as most smart TVs including those from Samsung, Vizio, Sony, and Hisense. For mobile and tablets, the Pluto TV app is available on iPhone and iPad. Additionally, Pluto TV can be accessed via the Web at

Step #4: Enjoy Some Basketball

There you go! You now have access to college basketball without the need for a long-term contract.

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