For Penn State football fans without a cable subscription (or for those who are thinking about cutting the proverbial cord), it may seem like an insurmountable task to keep up with your favorite team in real time.
The best known and widely used option for keeping up with Penn State is by subscribing to one or more of the ESPN network options (ESPN, ESPN2, the digital only option ESPN3, or ABC) either separately or as a part of a typical full cable subscription package.
If you are considering throwing in the towel and purchasing an expensive sports package (or keeping the one you have) just to be able to catch the game live, do not do it! Below is a compilation of 100% legal live streaming options to let you keep up with the Nittany Lions without breaking your budget, so keep reading to discover the alternatives available to you.
Use TuneIn Radio to Listen to Penn State Football Games
If you prefer to listen to your football games live rather than watching them, this is one of the best live radio options available on the web today. TuneIn Radio is a free service that runs the live audio for most college football games across the country each week.
You can listen to the game on their website, www.tunein.com, or download their free smartphone app to listen to the game every Saturday. There’s a paid premium option as well that gives you access to National Football League and Major League Baseball games for $7.99 a month. While this isn’t necessary to keep up with the Penn State Nittany Lions, it’s a nice option to have if you follow professional level football as well.
Catch a Live Stream of the Game On Sling TV
Sling TV is a newer streaming service created by Dish Network. It provides users with access to a large variety of networks that were once only available on a traditional cable subscription. There’s ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ABC Family, AMC, and A&E among others. Sling TV works with iOS iPhones and iPads as well as Android smart phones and tablets, or on your computer from the website. You can also access it on your TV by using a streaming device like the Roku or the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Many smart TVs have a Sling TV app available for your use as well.
The basic Sling TV package is $20 a month with no contract or commitment (as in you can cancel literally anytime). For an extra $5 a month, you can subscribe to the Sports Extra Package, which offers subscribers access to ESPNews and ESPNU among other extras. You can try the basic package free for seven days to decide if you like it before making the decision to subscribe.
Listen to the Broadcast With a Local ABC Affiliate
If you’re local to Penn State, you may want to try using an indoor antenna with your TV set to tune into the local ABC affiliate station available over public broadcast television. While broadcast television is often thought of as unreliable and low quality, there are a variety of excellent antennas that have been added to the market.
Things have changed quite a bit since the transition to digital broadcasts from analog signal as well. There are digital video recorders (DVRs) that will record over the air broadcasts for you if you’ll be away from home as well such as Tablo (which, as a bonus, allows you to stream your recorded content to your connected devices when you are away from home).
Use CBS College Sports Live to Watch Penn State Football Online
CBS College Sports Live is a service available for a reasonable $9.95 per month. Penn State football partners with this service for some of their games (but not all). The football options are usually just audio, but if you check the schedule often to see which games are on this service you may get access to watch some of the games online and there may also be some live streaming video of the games as well.
While this is by no means a comprehensive or complete option for keeping up with the Nittany Lions football team, it is one of the many options that should at least be considered before giving in and subscribing to an expensive cable sports package.
Take Advantage of PlayStation Vue to Watch Penn State Football Online
Sony’s response to Sling TV, PlayStation Vue is yet another viable alternative to a costly cable subscription. There are three levels of channel packages with a nice range and wide variety of channels available through PlayStation Vue, with the lowest cost package starting somewhere between $30 and $40 per month depending on the market you are in.
This makes it a more expensive option than Sling TV would be obviously, but Vue carries Big Ten Network which can be a really nice bonus and a convenient way to keep up with what’s going on with the Big Ten conference teams.
Something that should be taken into account, however, is the fact that Sling TV makes it possible to stream from anywhere with an internet connection while PlayStation Vue places strict restrictions that do not allow you to use the service anywhere but from your own home and from your Sony PlayStation device. This makes it a much less attractive option than Sling TV unless access to Big Ten Network is of high importance to you and worth the extra twenty or more dollars each month that you are subscribed.
While not every service will be suitable for every football fan, one of the services above will most likely suit you and save you a significant amount of money when compared to a traditional cable TV subscription. Cable companies would have you believe that a traditional cable package is the only option for serious sports fans, but that is simply not the case anymore in today’s world of rapidly evolving technology and entertainment options.
By reviewing the options presented above, ideally you will be able to find an option that fits into both your budget and your busy lifestyle while also making it possible to keep up with your beloved Nittany Lions football team in a way that makes the most sense for your schedule and unique circumstances.