In the past if you have wanted to watch Sporting Kansas City there have been a few options. If you live out of market you have to purchase a cable or satellite package that includes Fox Sports 1, ESPN and Univision. And that is only for the nationally broadcast games. If you want the local broadcasts you have to purchase a MLS Live subscription.
MLS Live is $79.99 for a year, $69.99 if you only want one team or $14.99 per month. To get FS1 and ESPN you have to drop an additional $54.99 a month for Dish ($69.99 if you want Univision) or $55 for DirecTV ($60 for Univision). There are cable packages of similar cost around the country dependent on where you live.
With those rates being the introductory rates the costs only go up from there. That’s a decent chunk of change to watch some soccer (though obviously you get quite a few other channels for your money). That doesn’t include taxes, DVR fees, receiver fees or anything else you may choose to add on to those deals.
With costs being so high, many people are choosing to cut the cord and not have a cable or satellite package at all. Instead supplementing it with things like Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime. I’ve always tinkered with the idea of getting rid of my TV package but losing out on live sports has been the deterrent.
There is the option to use Sling but it’s a bit inconsistent. You can get it as low as $20, but that has ESPN and not FS1. There is a $25 package that drops ESPN and adds FS1 or a $40 package that has both. They have even added limited DVR functionality but you cannot record every channel and it’s in beta and not open to everyone.
Now there is a new option called FuboTV. With football alluded to in the title, football (or soccer) are a prime focus of the service, but it’s not just sports. The entry level package is just $14.99 but is focused on Spanish language channels. It includes Univision, Unimas and UDN. Additionally there are multiple Bein Sports networks and Fox Deportes.
For those of you that don’t speak Spanish (myself included) a better option is likely the Premier package at $34.99. The total jumps up to 44 channels including the previously mentioned channels along with FS1, FS2, your local Fox Sports channels (including Fox Sports Kansas City), NBCSN, Fox Soccer Plus and even a cool channel called Football Report TV. The big absence is ESPN (though SKC play sparingly on there this season).
FuboTV also includes DVR (though the functionality is currently limited on how many recordings you can have). There are also other sports networks not focused on football/soccer as well as news channels, FOX, A&E and History among others.
One cool feature of fuboTV is the ability to put in any zip code for where your channels are pulled from. So if you enter in a Kansas City zip code, even if you live out of the area, you can get Fox Sports Kansas City. Outside of giving you SKC access, many of the Kansas City Royals games are included as well.
If you are a football fan in general there are tons of other matches available to watch as well including games from the Premier League, La Liga and the Bundesliga.
With fuboTV, like most streaming based services, it’s available on multiple platforms outside of just your computer including Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire.
So if you’ve been thinking about cutting the cord (or have already done so) this may be a good option to get you most of the sports you’ve been missing. They are currently offering a free seven day trial.
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