Best sports streaming services of 2020

Catching all the live action from all your favorite sports can become costly on regular cable or TV. As a result, sports streaming services are becoming increasingly popular, with 56% of people interested in streaming sports willing to pay more for the service than for traditional TV, according to USC Annenberg and ThePostGame.

Sports streaming services offer the same if not more content as cable, combining streams from local, national and international networks. Furthermore, most also provide cloud storage in case you can’t catch a game live and simultaneous streams, which is ideal for families.

Consequently, the number of services available is increasing, with many offering live sports streaming plus on-demand action, post-game reaction and analysis.

Top five sports streaming services

Our methodology and research

We reviewed the best sports streaming sites that show all the major US sports and assessed them based on the range and quality of sports options, their price and user experience.

Sports streaming services researched: 15

Criteria used: Number of channels, local, national or regional focus, amount of simultaneous streams available, whether they offer cloud storage, the price and if they offer free trials.

Sports streaming services compared

ESPN+fuboTVHulu + Live TVSling TVYouTube TV
Starting monthly price$4.99/mo.$54.99/mo.$44.99/mo.$25/mo.$49.99/mo.
Free trial lengthNone7 days7 days7 days14 days
Number of channels1100+60+Up to 5370+
Sports coverage providedRegional and nationalRegional, national, internationalRegional, national, internationalRegional, national, internationalRegional and national
Cloud DVR storageNone30 hours50 hours50 hoursUnlimited
Number of simultaneous streams32-321-43

Discover your perfect sports streaming service

To get the best streaming service for your sporting preferences, you need to compare the range of live sports action available on each service, as well as the additional sports content you get access to.  

Best low-price, quality sports streaming service: ESPN+

Standout features

ESPN+ features plenty of daily live MLB, NHL, MLS and PGA Tour action in addition to regular and archived sports content, making its monthly fee a great deal. It’s available on the web and through dedicated apps and offers viewers up to five concurrent streams.

Potential drawbacks

The service lacks access to some of ESPN’s top ticket live sports and core content and analysis, which means you’ll need to go elsewhere for a deeper sports viewing option.

Top channels not available

Solely ESPN content. Doesn’t include Monday Night Football or NBA action.

Best all-around sports streaming service: FuboTV

Standout features

FuboTV provides viewers with a great all-around selection of sports streaming options, including a comprehensive selection of national sports, from Fox, CBS and NBC to NBA TV, NFL Network and Golf Channel. It’s also the standout option for international sports with access to beIN Sports, Fox Deportes and GOL TV. FuboTV offers decent cloud storage of 30 hours, which can be kept indefinitely, as well as the option to go back and watch past sports events from the start. It’s also the only sports streaming service to offer 4K video.

Potential drawbacks

Viewers are limited to two simultaneous streams while the price is more than ten times that of ESPN+, which may affect your choice if you’re retaining cable alongside a sports streaming service.

Top channels not available

ABC and ESPN

Best cable replacement sports streaming service: Hulu

Standout features

Hulu offers an excellent sports streaming service, which includes CBS and NBC’s Sports Networks as well as seven ESPN channels and Golf Channel. It provides access to live matches from MLB, NBA and NHL, as well as the English Premier League. Hulu gives you 50 hours of cloud storage to record any action you might miss out on. You also have the option to expand your cloud storage to 200 hours.

Potential drawbacks

The price may look a little steep, but factor in gaining access to news and entertainment channels, as well as on-demand shows, and this is a solid, affordable alternative to cable TV.

Top channels not available

MLB Network, NBA TV and NFL Network

Best sports streaming service challenger: Sling TV

Standout features

Sling TV’s sports service is a little more complicated as users need to buy access to both its Blue and Orange offerings for the full sports package. This doubles the monthly price to $50. There’s also a $10 Sports Extra package that provides access to Golf Channel, MLB Network, NBA TV, NHL Network and more. This gives even the most avid sports fan enough time to fill their day with all the sports they can shake their TV remote at.

Potential drawbacks

Sling TV’s biggest downfall is its lack of local channels, which could affect your decision over whether to choose it as an alternative to cable altogether.

Top channels not available

Fox Sports and CBS 

Most comprehensive live sports streaming service: YouTube TV

Standout features

YouTube TV is the top choice for the all-around sports fan. It offers a wide selection of live action for all sports lovers, from CBS, ESPN and Fox Sports through to Golf Channel, MLB Network, NBA TV and Tennis Channel. It also offers more than sports, with a range of news and entertainment channels included.

Potential drawbacks

There are no international sports channels and no access to the NFL Network, so serious football fans may want to look elsewhere for the price point. 

Top channels not available

NFL Network

The takeaway

Selecting the right sports streaming service will depend on your sporting preferences and your desire for as much live action as possible or reaction and analysis content. There are plenty of live sports streaming options out there, and all the major services offer free trials so you can try before you buy. 

Rob Latham

Contributing Writer

Rob Latham is a writer focused on technology, music, entertainment and sports. He is particularly passionate about the role that technology plays in improving peoples’ lives and helping businesses to work more effectively. He’s written marketing content for global B2B technology brands and start-ups, founded his own music blog and is a regular contributor to soccer publications. His professional background is in content marketing, public relations and journalism, and he has a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.