Football season is the best time of the year to be a sports fan. In the past, all of the action in the National Football League and college football was on the weekend. Now, it’s all week long. In the ‘dark ages’ of sports broadcasting, fans were limited to watching their local team or whatever the TV networks wanted to shove down their throats for a ‘national game of the week’.
Today, however, the fans are in complete control. The rapid growth of digital technology means that college football fans can watch what they want, where they want. There are even options for enjoying the big college football games without a cable or satellite subscription. Once you know how and where to stream college football games live like cross town rivalries, Auburn vs. Alabama, the options are limitless.
CBS Sports has been a leader in college football programming for decades that hasn’t changed in the Internet era. You can find many college football game streams from major conferences like the SEC and Big Ten on the CBS Sports website (live.cbssports.com). For even more live streaming action, however, you’ll want to check out collegefootballlive.com.
CBS owns this streaming platform that promises coverage of a variety of sports from ‘over 100 schools’. $19.95 per month gets the viewer unlimited access to all the college football action he can handle. Both CBS Sports and College Football Live provide extensive viewing options for computers, smartphones, tablets and set-top streaming devices such as the Roku Player. CBS Sports provides streaming free of charge with ads while College Football Live is ad-free.
WATCH ESPN APPLICATION:
The WatchESPN app is the centerpiece of the sports network’s digital platform and is likely ‘pound for pound’ the best source of sports streaming available. The variety of programming borders on overwhelming offering live network streams from all of the ESPN family of channels plus an extensive selection of ‘digital exclusive’ events. ESPN also provides a number of viewing options including television, smartphones, tablets, set-top devices, and even WiFi-enabled video game consoles like the XBox360.
There is one limitation–you must have a subscription to an ESPN affiliated cable or satellite service to access WatchESPN. In previous years, there was no ‘workaround’ but thanks to the continued transformation of the broadcasting industry that has changed. A service called SlingTV provides ‘digital only’ subscriptions to a package of top premium cable networks–including ESPN and ESPN 2–for $20 a month. For an extra $5 per month, you can subscribe to the ‘Sports Package’ which includes the rest of the ESPN family of networks including ESPNews, ESPN-U, and even the SEC Network.
OTHER ONLINE BROADCASTING SERVICES:
There is a variety of other ways to access live college football streaming. Many of the top college sports conferences such as the Big Ten and Pac-12 have their own TV networks that often include a digital component. The functionality of the individual networks may vary, but most provide live streaming of games to computers as well as Android and Apple smartphones and tablets. If you’re a fan of a particular conference, this is a very good way to catch all of their games.
Smaller college football programs–particularly at the FCS and Division 2 level–often provide free streaming of games on their athletic department website. In some cases, they sell subscriptions to the live streaming ‘in-house’. It’s worth noting that WatchESPN has a good selection of live FCS football streams all season long and throughout the playoffs.
After much outcry from sport fans nationwide, cable and satellite companies are finally allowing subscribers to stream live content on their computer, tablet and mobile devices. Some of the notable changes come from the bigger players in the TV network landscape like Time Warner, DirecTV, and Dish Network.
Some companies like DirecTV will allow you to stream more games than others, but it is still more than a decade ago. Smaller regional cable providers are limited in terms of the allowed bandwidth per subscribers so there will be a lot less live streaming options with them.
Video sharing sites like Youtube and Dailymotion aren’t known for live streaming content, but that has really changed over the past 5 years. Although you cannot watch live football games on Youtube, you can still catch a full-length reply of the game probably 1-2 hours after the live broadcast. Independent users and not the TV networks are usually the ones uploading the content so it’s best to search for the game immediately after the live broadcast. If you wait, Youtube will mostly likely disable the video for policy violation.
You can usually find a string of archived games on DailyMotion so if you couldn’t catch the game live go there for an anchor. Again the feeds aren’t exactly reliable so make sure you visit the site earlier before it is taken down.
BEST FREE STREAMING WEBSITES:
There are countless websites that purport to offer ‘live sports streaming’ of major events from around the world. Some of them such as Stream2Watch, LiveBall.TV and ATDHE are pretty good and do their level best to provide quality video streams of live game action. Many of the other sites, however, range from being ‘difficult to navigate’ to ‘out and out scams’. It’s a good idea to do some ‘due diligence’ on the live streaming scene before you start trying to find a game in progress.
Even some of the very best streaming services online rely on ad generating revenue, some more than others. The sites that I stress to stay away from are the ones that prompt visitors to disable their ad-blocking software. I would be a little concerned if I were you about doing this because of potential malware and spyware.
BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY:
Finding an ‘all you can eat’ buffet of live sports online absolutely free of charge sounds enticing but often comes with a different kind of ‘price’. If you’re not highly knowledgeable about spyware and virus prevention, you’re best advised to stay away from these ‘free sports streaming’ websites. If a live sports streaming site requires that you engage in an exchange of value–filling out surveys, charging a subscription fee or entering a credit card for ‘identity verification’ you should leave immediately.
Our goal is to give you an honest and objective assessment of the live college football streaming options that are available. We’d be remiss if we suggested that if you’re confident in your computer knowledge and know how to avoid trouble it is possible to find live sports streams via alternate methods. Still, there are advantages to sticking with the ‘official’ sites from college conferences or broadcast networks. You won’t have to worry about malware, you can be sure you’ll get high-quality, dependable streams that you can access from a variety of devices. Most importantly, you know that you’ll be able to find the games you want to watch.