Best Current Non-tethered Online Method to Watch ALL Ohio State Football Games (Fall 2018)?

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Unky Buck's picture

The bar...

"Everything you see on the internet is true." - Abraham Lincoln

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RK84's picture

Seconded.

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BierStube's picture

I have one suggestion on that front!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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Unky Buck's picture

Lucky's?

"Everything you see on the internet is true." - Abraham Lincoln

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Meek's picture

Manage it week by week. I've watched either at the tailgate or at home so far this season. Last week with the game being on FS1 I had to innovate. I signed up for a free 7 day trial for Sling then saw the Buckeyes were blacked out on their guide because of business relations between Sling and Fox. I then signed up for a 7 day trial of Hulu and was able to watch the game there, even with the DVR option. If they hit them again, I'll subscribe to Hulu, investigate the free account I hear I get through Sprint, or see if the wife will do a 7 day trial on her email. If Buckeye football is the only reason you would use the network, there's not a reason to commit year round.

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BUCKAROOTIMESTWO's picture

I had SlingTV but it doesn’t have BTN, and live sporting events shown on the ESPN owned channels couldn’t be recorded.

Switched to YouTube TV this Fall.

The biggest differences and advantages I found are 1) BTN, 2) DVRing, and 3) the over Air Local channels are available in the App (based on your Zip).

Number 3 is a significant difference because I don’t have to toggle between the App (for cable stations) and non App for Local channel (ABC, CBS, NBC, etc).

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jpfbucks01's picture

I have tried several of these services

During early football season I get Playstation Vue so i can get the B1G Network and the FS1 etc. I tried Youtube TV and frankly didnt care for it, as it seemed a bit buggy etc

When the football regular season is over i switch to Sling which gives me ESPN 1,2 but no B1G network so i can save the $20 a month that PSVue costs over Sling

All of them are about the same in terms of quality and functionality just a matter of what you want to pay.

Sling and a good TV antenna (assuming your near a big city) will get you 90% of the games for $25/month. But if you wanted last weeks game on FS1 or a B1G network game you are bar bound

Given your not committed to anything and you seem to want it all, start with PS Vue at $45 a month and see what you think

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MichiBuck12's picture

I share Sling TV with my brother. If you get the orange and blue bundle you can watch on up to 4 screens at a time. Since I only have two TV's, my brother and I share the log in and we split the cost. Then I use my inlaws sign in for the Fox Sports app to get BTN.

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MechBuckeye's picture

I have used YoutubeTV for the past year. No issues with it on the go & the sports channel selection usually gets whatever I need (Live Local, ESPN1/2, FS1/2, FSOhio, BTN, NBCSN) Plus login access to Watch ESPN, Fox Sports GO when needed.

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Brandon26841's picture

I use Reddit streams for both CFB and NFL games every single week. Great quality and EVERY single game you'd want is available. 

www.reddit.com/cfbstreams

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Geraffi's picture

Page not found? Can you double check your link?

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Seabass1974's picture

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Belliott's picture

I use the NFL one of these for out of market games, namely torturing myself with the bengals while living in New England, and I can say they’re top notch. The streams mostly stay up and are hd quality. 

As for services, I used Hulu live a few months ago but they block out a ton of stuff on certain devices. I actually am in a 3 month trial of DirectvNow (the streaming service) because they gave me a free Apple TV 4. I actually like it a lot as a service. 

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ponder10's picture

Just be sure to put "CFB" before "Streams"... https://www.reddit.com/r/Streams is something entirely different!

“In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” ~ Baba Dioum

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Jay Lawerence's Laugh's picture

This worked almost all of last year. Bowl games were getting shutdown however along with late season games that had big CFP impacts.  I assume the networks were zapping the feeds. 

Ohio, the greatest state in the Union!

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BUCKAROOTIMESTWO's picture

So are the streams Free and all is needed is WiFi ?

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Jay Lawerence's Laugh's picture

Yes, all you have to do is google CFB love streams and look for the reddit link. It takes you to all the games for the day. I suggest using grandma streams. It tends to not have any pop up to contest with and works on mobile as well as TV.

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Jdadams01's picture

Have YouTube TV and have had no problems getting all the games. It's been fantastic for us. User-friendly with all the channels we want and movie offerings.

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SilverState's picture

Decent experience too except when I have to pause the game and trying to speed through commercials...gets hung up a lot for me.

"There's still some green showing before you see the chalk."

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InTressITrust's picture

I currently have both Hulu and YouTube TV. Both of them have worked fantastic but I do prefer YouTube TV. The sharing with up to 5 other people is amazing and the UI is so much easier to use. Hulu really needs to refresh theirs to make it easier to use.

"I'm not going to lie. We're anxious to be a part of a matchup like that. It's two states that love the game of football." -Jim Tressel

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tylerdru's picture

I've got youtube tv and have not had any issues with it. They have got all the channels need to see the Buckeyes play. The quality is up to par too. I would think the quality at which you stream heavily depends on your network equipment. Also, I can watch on my phone/laptop if I am in a situation where I'm not around a TV.

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Denim Chiken's picture

YouTube TV and an OTA antenna has worked out great so far. Only downside I've an encountered with YouTube tv is the delay on sports. It's not significant but can get annoying if you're online while watching, or if you neighbors freak out during big plays

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teddyballgame's picture

I'm really enjoying my Youtube TV service.  Haven't tried any other options.

Theres like a 10 sec video delay when compared to cable but it's not a big deal.

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Hanawi_'s picture

Did Reddit last year which worked great until bowl season when the networks really cracked down on shutting down the streams. Went with YouTube TV and really like it. Tried Sling but it was buggy for me.

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CptBuckeye24's picture

I have Hulu Live and tried YouTube TV. Personally prefer Hulu Live and I feel like I got more for my money. $44 a month for live TV, limited commercials, and the traditional Hulu. I don't watch TV a lot and I am spending 80% of my TV viewing on sports. But on Hulu you get all sorts of games. ESPNU, Sec Network, FS1, BTN, ESPN. I think there were 7 or 8 games live on at 330 last week on Hulu Live.

It comes down to location. Hulu and YouTube each other different local channel options. For example, in Central Ohio, you don't get ABC6 on Hulu but you do with YouTube. I think Hulu has a bit of a antiquated UI but YouTube seems to be a bit more glitchy. Both are pretty good and are highly comparable. This is the future of TV and the rates are reasonable. It's only going to improve and more viewing options will become available. I went almost 6 years without cable and I got Hulu Live on a free trial during March Madness and decided to keep it. I Don't regret it. Hulu Live has been around since May 2017 I believe.

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OsuSuperman's picture

I subscribe to playstation vue each football season then cancel it when the season ends.

To get all the football games you will need to get the sports package. Overall it is about $50 per month.

The streaming quality is great and I get all the games I could ever watch. It also allows you to stream on your phone.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Go Bucks!

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BlueBuddha's picture

YouTube TV has been gold for me. 40 frogskins a month, unlimited cloud DVR, and the BTN plus all BTN alternate channels.

If at first you don't succeed, redefine success.

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High St Hooligan's picture

PS Vue user here. Have been able to watch every Buckeyes game along with many many other college games every weekend. Would definitely recommend it. As other have also mentioned, YouTube TV seems like another great alternative.

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zenshade's picture

Hulu was absolutely great for college football games except for one very annoying thing: Saturday night ABC games were ALWAYS blocked from live streaming. You could watch replays at later times but never live.

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NHBuckeye's picture

I got DirectvNow as it had a few channels that the Mrs. wanted (all the Locals, HGTV and whatnot).  The experience has been pretty good.  A little buggy here and there but probably to be expected as it's a newer streaming service than the others.  The picture quality is good (I am running it on a 4K Firestick).   I've seen all the Buckeye games as the service has BTN, FS1, ESPN.

I also realized that even though I live in NH now I can trick the service into thinking I live in Cleveland so I can watch the Browns games.  (set my vpn location to Cleveland and changed my billing address on-file to C-Town).  Bingo.     

Fields of Dreams

 

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SGbuckeye's picture

Has Directv Now made any updates to pausing/rewinding live tv? 

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NHBuckeye's picture

Nope.  That is a major pain in the ass for sure.  Even when you FF or rewind a recorded show it doesn't take the picture with it.  You have to watch the time in the corner and guess when to hit play.  

Fields of Dreams

 

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Spartan13's picture

YouTube TV  is considered the best 

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JDupler's picture

I’m a hardcore cfb watcher. I use Playstation Vue. Stream up to four devices. Unlimited DVR. watch on any stream box or mobile/iPad. Also channel app logins like espn and foxsportsgo. Sportime Ohio included (I’m a tribe fan). The only thing is the price has increased every 6mos/year by $5 which is expected. Now it’s just over $50/mo. Also get ABC CBS and FOX live and dvr. No live NBC for Notre game and Sunday night nfl  but do have NBC DVR. Just bought $10 antennas on amazon for live NBC. I would look to switch to YouTube TV, but then my Amazon Fire Tv and sticks would be useless because amazon bans YouTube (google).  Those are the top two I would say. 

Ive had PSVue for 2+ years now. Please let me know if you have any questions. 

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