How can I watch live sporting events on my iPad without a cable subscription?

Up until recently iPad users needed to log-in with their cable/satellite/telco credentials to watch live sports on their iPad, but networks have started to allow tablet owners to stream larger sporting events, such as the Super Bowl, without a cable subscription. Networks have started to realize that live streaming is an important tool to reconnect with the thousands of consumers who have cut the cord with cable companies. The first Super Bowl was live streamed by NBC in 2012, and CBS and Fox joined in the next two years.

In 2015, NBC decided to use Super Bowl XLIX to promote its new TV Everywhere platform by streaming 11 continuous hours of content. This was also the first year the half time show was live streamed. This will hopefully kick off a trend of more live sport streams in the future.

2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament

Click here for details on how to stream the 2017 March Madness tournament.

2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament

Click here to read all the NCAA March Madness live streaming options for 2016. New features include Apple TV support with split screen viewing, a redesigned Game Center and more.

CBS 2015

CBS announced on September 1, 2015 that it will stream "two regular season games, four playoff games, and Super Bowl 50 from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif." for free. The livestreams will be available to anyone, without the need of a cable subscription, on "laptops, desktops and tablets at CBSSports.com and on televisions through select Connected TV devices, including Xbox One, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku® players and Roku TV™ models." The games will include:

  • New York Jets-Miami in London (Oct. 4, 9:30am ET)
  • Carolina-Dallas (Nov. 26, 4:30pm ET)
  • All AFC playoff coverage, including the Wild Card, Divisional, and Championship games
  • Super Bowl 50 (Sunday, February 7)

HBO NOW

HBO's new streaming service provides instant access to sports, comedy and music specials for $14.99 a month (plus HBO shows, movies, documentaries and so on). The service is available through the HBO NOW iOS app, Apple TV and HBONOW.com. It does not require a cable/dish subscription, but it is unknown at this time if customers will be able to stream live events, such as boxing.

Showtime

Like HBO, Showtime launched its own subscription service for $10.99 a month. Subscribers get unlimited access to original Showtime programming such as championship boxing events. Users can subscribe through the iOS app or through showtime.com.

PGA TOUR LIVE

Watch live coverage of golf’s biggest stars on Thursday and Friday rounds from more than 30 PGA TOUR events annually. $4.99 a month. Supports all devices running iOS 8.0 or later.

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2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament

The only way to watch March Madness on your iPad or online is through the official NCAA March Madness Live app or at NCAA.com/MarchMadness. Users can only watch the games that air on CBS without a cable/satellite subscription. You will need to log in with your TV provider to watch any of the games that air on TBS, TNT and truTV.

Super Bowl XLIX

iPad users can stream Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015 without a cable subscription by downloading the free NBC Sports Live Extra app. The "Super Stream" will include NBC’s presentation of Super Bowl XLIX, Katy Perry headlining the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, the Super Bowl XLIX pre- and post-game shows, and NBC’s post-game presentation of The Blacklist.

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