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How to Watch NESN Without Cable (as Cheap as Possible)

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Updated: April 3rd, 2021 at 12:00 pm

NESN is currently available to watch through AT&T TV and fuboTV without cable. The New England Sports Network is one of the channels that’s become increasingly harder to stream online recently, but there are still options available. However, they are not exactly the cheapest.

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With access to New England sports, including the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins, NESN is a popular option. However, with consumers increasingly choosing to move away from traditional cable and satellite packages to streaming, the options to tune in to NESN have become fewer over time.

Neither Hulu Live TV or Sling TV provide access to NESN and while YouTube TV did, Google’s live TV streaming service dropped NESN at the end of October 2020. This was only weeks after YouTube TV also dropped access to various Fox RSNs. As a result, the current options for streaming NESN mainly come down to fuboTV and AT&T TV.

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Cheapest way to watch NESN

The cheapest way to watch NESN without cable is fuboTV. The company’s plans start at $65 per month making it the most affordable way to access New England sports. Besides NESN, fuboTV also provides access to a wide variety of sports channels and networks in general, as well as entertainment, news, and more.

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fuboTV plans start at $64.99 per month

Subscribers will only be able to access the New England Sports Network if they are in the NESN home television territory. If signing up to fuboTV outside of this designated area, the subscriber will gain access to a different selection of local channels and regional sports networks, based on the ZIP code.

Other options to watch NESN

Besides, fuboTV, the only other real option for watching NESN without cable is AT&T TV. AT&T recently merged its AT&T TV Now service with its AT&T TV option. As a result, the current cheapest plan available through AT&T TV (on a no contract basis) is $69.99 per month. However, that plan does not include NESN.

Those looking to sign up to AT&T TV will need to go with the service’s Choice plan as this is the cheapest option that includes access to regional sports networks. At $84.99 per month this is a more expensive option compared to fuboTV, although, this plan does also include HBO Max. Therefore, if a consumer already pays for HBO Max on a monthly basis, that might help to offset the initial cost – with the live TV side of the service totaling around $70 per month.

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Similar to fuboTV, AT&T TV will only be an option for NESN for those based in NESN’s home television territory area. Again, trying to subscribe to AT&T TV outside of this area will result in access to different local channels and sports networks.

Watching directly through NESN

In addition to accessing live channels through a live TV streaming service, consumers do also have the option to stream directly through various network websites and apps. This is also the case with NESN with both the website and app offering the option to watch live.

However, this still requires users to have an active live TV subscription as the consumer will need to sign in with their live TV credentials to authenticate access. In addition to the various cable providers, NESN only allows consumers to sign in using fuboTV.

Likewise, the same situation is in effect for the NESN Android and iOS apps. As a result, those looking to log in and stream NESN either through the network’s app or website will want to consider fuboTV over AT&T TV.

How to watch NESN without cable summary

Since YouTube TV removed NESN from its channel lineup, the options to watch NESN without cable have been reduced even more. Right now, AT&T TV and fuboTV are the only two real options for watching NESN through a live TV streaming service.

Of the two, fuboTV is the cheapest opinion making it the best for those looking for the most affordable way to watch NESN. In addition, fuboTV subscribers can also log in and watch through the NESN app and website using their fuboTV credentials.

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While AT&T TV is more expensive, the Choice plan does also include HBO Max which may make it a better option for any consumers that are also currently paying for HBO Max and plan to continue doing so throughout the year.

Regardless of whether opting for AT&T TV or fuboTV, consumers will need to be located in the NESN home television territory to be able to watch New England sports, including the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins.

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11 replies on “How to Watch NESN Without Cable (as Cheap as Possible)”

Sucks that youtube tv got rid of NESN a couple of months after I subscribed which was a big choice for me being a Boston sports fan especially a huge Bruins fan with no more hockey unless it’s on NBC it sucks got rid of Spectrum cable because of high prices only to lose one of my favorite channels you tube tv had

NESN needs to start offering subscription service through their app. More direct revenue for them and more happy customers.

Please NESN PROVIDE YOUR OWN SPORTS SERVICE TO NEW ENGLAND FANS REDSOX, Bruins Celtics Patriots you’ll make a bundle keep New England fans happy

Come on this is ridiculous! We are all over the place and need NESN! Huge market opportunity being lost here!

I haven’t been able to watch my teams since I cut the cords from cable and direct tv in 2014. I refuse to pay the ridiculously priced streaming apps for the ‘one’ channel I miss having!
That totally defeats the whole reason of cutting the cords

This is for John Henry. Your tone deaf approach to creating a super league with the top 12 soccer clubs without input from the fans of Liverpool speaks to your approach about NESN being dropped by YouTube TV. You’re tone deafness extends to the many millions of Bruins and Red Sox fans all over the country that have been shut out with the YouTube TV contract dispute. You may want to start paying attention to the fans of Boston sports as they can be as vicious and unforgiving as you’re finding in Liverpool right now.

There has to be a better way to get the Bruins than paying 65 bucks for Fubo just to get one channel. I know a ton of people who would pay 20 bucks a month if NESN streamed through its own app. Somebody has to get somebody’s ear (hear that, John Henry?) and make this happen.

I dropped cable and saved $120 a month. I refuse to hand have of that back to a streaming service, even to catch a Sox game. Heck, tickets in general admission and the bleachers are NINETEEN DOLLARS! Show some restraint when you get to the park and come out way below the $69.99 fubo TV wants to charge you.

PS. Games can be cheap, especially if you don’t treat them like “special events” where you’re “entitled” or “forced” to buy pricy food and beer near the park. Myself? I take the train in (no parking) eat a sandwich i made at home on the way in. In the park I stick to water. I’m there for the game, I can always find cheaper ways to eat out.

Cant get fubo because i get ssi on a debit card and its considered a prepaid card and they dont accept prepaid card whick sucks

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