Cricket is a widely popular sport overseas, but has always been more difficult to access in the United States. However, with the increasing popularity of video streaming services comes increased international options. Cricket fans in the U.S. can now access all of their favorite teams from anywhere on any device. Here are the best ways to keep up with cricket via online streaming:
Willow TV Meets Sling TV
Sling TV came to the market in January of 2015 and changed the video streaming industry. It is the best alternative to cable providers, offering a ton of major cable channels that can be streamed on many different devices. Today Sling TV reaches over 600 thousand subscribers and growing, which is quite a large membership for such a new company.
Sling TV is comparable to other leading providers like Hulu live streaming service, but also offers a greater selection of channels and on-demand content. Starting at just $20 a month for the basic package, this service provides live streaming of the most popular cable channels as well as on-demand content. With Sling TV you get all of the benefits of cable for a much cheaper price.
It is important to remember that this service is available with no contract and the ability to cancel at any time. There is he basic package comes with channels like ESPN, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, ABC Family and more. Sling TV offers direct streaming from computers, tablets, video game consoles, mobile phones, smart TVs, Roku and Apple TV.
What makes Sling TV great for Cricket? The service made a deal with Willow TV International and is now the greatest supplier of cricket live streaming in the United States. This option comes with all both Sling Blue and Sling Orange and features live, high definition coverage of all of the top cricket games internationally, including India, Pakistan, Australia, South Africa, the West Indies and more.
With the Sling international sports package, you can also gain access to beIN Sports USA, beIN Sports En Espanol, Trace Sports Stars, One World Sports and more. This is an extra $10 a month, but provides extra coverage for those interested in international sports.
When considering your Sling TV subscription, you can check out the website and get a 7-day free trial to see how you like the service before committing to a month long subscription. Sling TV also has a lot of perks, like T-Mobile data discounts, and discounts on Apple TV and Roku streaming products.
If you are looking to get rid of cable completely while still being able to see your favorite TV shows and cricket games, Sling TV is the best streaming service available. The breadth of channels available, affordable price, and exclusive deal with Willow TV for live streaming of cricket make this a top choice.
PlayStation Vue and One World Sports
PlayStation Vue is very similar to Sling TV as both offer a wide range of channels available for live streaming at a much lower cost than cable. At $29.99 for Access, the most basic Vue package, it is slightly more expensive than Sling TV.
However, with Vue there are more packages available to choose from. This service offers Access, Core, Elite and Ultra packages, which vary in channels. Access provides over 60 channels, Core offers more than 70, Elite over 100 and Ultra offers over 100 channels with the addition of HBO and Showtime. With the Elite package you gain access to One World Sports, which streams One Day International (ODI) cricket series.
Vue is entirely customizable and leaves room for you to create a service you’ll really love using. If you choose a package that doesn’t have a channel you really want, you can always opt for a Standalone Channel. There are offered for as little as $3.99 a month and can be added to any of the four packages.
A big drawback to this service is that it is not easily accessible on the go with mobile devices. Vue offers streaming access with PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Android and iOS mobile phones and Chromecast. Due to heavy regulation by Sony, it is much more difficult to use the service outside of the home. This could be a deal breaker for diehard cricket fans who like to stream directly on their phones or tablets.
Since Vue does not have a partnership with Willow TV, the cricket options are lesser with this service than with that of Sling TV. That being said, this service is offered at an affordable price and makes a good replacement to traditional cable. Make sure to try PlayStation Vue with the 7-day free trial currently available you to see if you like the cricket games and regular program offerings.
Now TV Sports Pass
For those cricket fans in the UK, Now TV by Sky is another option for live streaming. Now TV offers three different passes: Day Pass, Week Pass and Month Pass. With Sky Sports Passes you get access to all seven Sky Sports channels.
The day pass is £6.99, week pass is £10.99 and the month pass is offered at £33.99 a month. You can stream Now TV on over 60 devices, including Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, PS3, PS4, XBOX, iOS and Android mobile and tablets, and computers and laptops.
Now TV is currently offering a free two-week trial for new customers, which means you can access live games for free for two weeks before deciding to purchase.
While cricket is still not available on most streaming devices, the Willow TV deal with Sling TV is the start to getting cricket more accessible to viewers globally. For Americans, Sling TV is one of your only truly legal options for streaming cricket, and it is an excellent solution to not committing to cable. PlayStation Vue is a good option as well, with a big range of channels and its own cricket offering. All three of the services mentioned in this article offer free trials, so check them out today to see which you prefer and choose a subscription in time for next season. One of these are bound to meet your live cricket streaming needs!