I'm two things that, until recently, have combined to decrease my quality of life. Those two things are being a sports fan and being a cable cutter. My TV/movies are delivered via my PC connected to my TV via Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go (shamefully on a friend's account). Arguments on that last one aside, I enjoy sports and until recently, I was making an expensive trip to a sports bar for my Saturday afternoon college football. I wasn't watching ANY hockey or baseball, despite having the desire to. And NFL was limited to the OTA broadcasts via my digital antenna.
Recently, however, I made a change. I had long said that MLB.TV was too expensive, but compared to the cost of getting cable every month, I justified it to myself and made the purchase for the year. Since I use a VPN, I am not locked out of my local team's games and the quality is much better than I expected. It's great to be able to follow the team through the season.
I am looking forward to doing the same for the NHL season. I have heard good things and will be trying it out when the regular season starts in October.
Breakdown of Services
- MLB.TV: $130 per season
- NHL GameCenter Live: $150 per season
- NFL Sunday Ticket (stand alone without cable): $225 or $300??? Not sure how this works. I'm content with my antenna for Sundays (doesn't help for Thursday games).
- NBA League Pass: $130 for 5 teams, $200 for all teams. I hear this is not so good.
- VPN service: $40 per year via PIA.
- Alternate DNS: $5 per month via Unblock-us. A VPN service is better value (if you get a full year).
- [Added] MLS Live: $60 per season. Looks like there are blackouts so a VPN is probably needed.
[Added] Streaming Services with a Cable Subscription (yours or borrowed):
- Big Ten Network (BTN2Go): HBO Go like cable only option with BTN sports package.
- NBC Sports Live: Helpful for SNF
- WatchESPN: MNF, TNF(?)
Do you use any of the sports streaming packages? What tips/tricks can you offer to get the best bang for your buck?