How to watch the Masters Tournament

Note: This article will be updated once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted and schedules come out.

The Masters is an exclusive golf tournament known for its small field of elite players and many traditions. Even casual golf fans stand in awe of the iconic green jacket awarded to the tournament’s champion. Winners also get their names engraved on the famed Masters trophy. There are several traditions associated with the event, including the exclusive Champions Dinner and caddie uniforms. 

Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, is home to the tournament. The club features one of the most exclusive members-only courses in the US. Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie designed the original course, which has seen a variety of changes since opening in 1933.

The event’s prize money totals millions of dollars, with the winner receiving a significant portion. But prize money is not the only perk in store for the tournament’s winner. A win at the Masters guarantees entry to events such as the US Open, The Open Championship, and the PGA Championship for five years. 

Since 2008, ESPN has televised the Masters Tournament, taking over broadcasting rights from USA Network. CBS and ESPN currently share coverage. 

When is the 2020 Masters Tournament

The 2020 Masters Tournament was originally set to take place from April 9-12 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. However, due to COVID-19 precautions, the tournament has been placed on hold until further notice. 

Live TV streaming services for the Masters Tournament

CBS All Access costs $5.99/mo. for its base, ad-supported plan. Its ad-free option costs $9.99/mo. The service offers a seven-day free trial. You can stream the Masters simultaneously on up to 2 separate devices. And for CBS content that you want to watch away from Wi-Fi, you have the option to download content to your devices.

Hulu + Live TV starts at $54.99/mo. Its no-ad Premium + Live TV plan costs $60.99/mo. Each plan offers a seven-day free trial period. With Hulu + Live TV, you’ll be able to watch CBS and ESPN like you would on traditional TV. The service comes with the ability to stream on up to two devices at the same time. It offers 50 hours of cloud DVR storage that you can upgrade to 200 hours for an extra $9.99/mo. There are numerous premium channels add-ons available to upgrade your package like Cinemax, HBO, Showtime, and Starz. With the Español Add-on, you’ll also get on-demand content and live streams of CNN en Español, Discovery en Español, Discovery Familia, ESPN Deportes, History Channel en Español, and NBC Universo. 

Sling TV has 3 plans to choose from: Sling Orange ($30/mo.), Sling Blue ($30/mo.), and Sling Orange + Blue ($45/mo.) ESPN is not available on Sling Blue, but Sling Orange and Sling Orange + Blue do carry the sports channel. CBS is only available through the CBS All Access app, which you can purchase as an add-on. While Sling TV Blue offers three simultaneous streams, Sling TV Orange only provides one. Sling TV Orange + Blue permits simultaneous streaming on up to four devices. Sling TV comes with 10 hours of cloud storage standard with every plan. You can get an additional 50 hours for $5/mo. 

There are a variety of add-ons that make Sling TV one of the most customizable services on the market. On top of the features add-ons, you can upgrade your plan with packages like Comedy Extra ($5/mo.), Heartland Extra ($5/mo.), Hollywood Extra ($5/mo.), Kids Extra ($5/mo.), Lifestyle Extra ($5/mo.), News Extra ($5/mo.), and Sports Extra ($10/mo.). Or you can receive all of the above for $20/mo. Sling TV gives new subscribers a $10 discount on their first month of service. 

YouTube TV costs $49.99/mo. New subscribers can take advantage of a free seven-day trial. The service provides 6 user profiles per account, but you’ll be able to stream on up to 3 devices concurrently. The service provides unlimited cloud DVR storage. And you can save recordings for 9 months. Both CBS and ESPN are part of YouTube TV’s catalog of channels. Available add-ons include EPIX, Showtime, and STARZ. 

How to watch the Masters Tournament with an antenna

Believe it or not, you can use an antenna to tune into tons of sports for free. Local channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC are available over the air — and these are the networks that most often carry local sports. Just remember that local blackouts will still apply to most sporting events. Antenna Web can help you determine what channels are available in your area.

To take your experience up a notch, invest in a device like a Tablo DVR or HDHomeRun. They let you stream live local broadcasts picked up with an antenna directly to Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, and many other devices. 

The final cut

While you won’t be able to watch The Masters this year, there are still plenty of sports, news, and TV shows for you to enjoy. CBS offers a nice mix of sports and hit series. And ESPN brings you comprehensive coverage of several sports, including golf, football, and basketball. The Masters will typically be available on streaming services that provide access to CBS and ESPN — including CBS All AccessHulu + Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV. All offer either a free trial or a new subscriber discount. 

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