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How to watch live sports on Roku free

by Lisa Hayden
How to watch live sports on Roku free

Is your entertainment budget skyrocketing, especially with the sports season at its peak? You could find affordable and free alternatives to stream your favorite sports on Roku.

Roku offers a cable-free alternative for streaming live and linear sports free of charge and without distractions: Sounds excellent! Unfortunately, not all Roku streaming services are free.

Still, wondering how you’ll watch live sports on Roku for free? Here is a simplified guide;

  • First, set up a Roku account.
  • Open the channel store and select streaming services.
  • Search the available Roku channels on the search box.
  • Select the desired channel and click OK to get channels details
  • Install the free channel from the Roku channel store.
  • If not free, you’ll need to spend a few dollars.
  • Make a purchase, then install using the Roku channel code provided.
  • The added channels activate within 24 hours of installation.

So, which live sports are available to watch on Roku for free? Read on to find out more.

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Does Roku offer live sports?

The Roku platform offers several live sports channels, both free and paid-subscription packages. Whether you’re a tennis, soccer, football, basketball, snowboarding, or surfing fanatic, Roku spoils you with plenty of options.

Below are the available free and paid live sports options on Roku TV.

What is the best free sports channel on Roku?

Total football

This is the home of unlimited European sports content on the Roku channel at zero cost. If you like watching football interviews, live matches, and press conferences, tune in at total football for free.

FOX Sports

This live streaming app on the Roku sports channel store offers free access to FOX Sports, FS1, FS2, FOX Deportes, FOX College, and FOX Soccer Plus. Users can stream NBA, MLB, NH, bowling, Olympics, and college football at no added costs, provided you have a ROKU account.

The Roku Channel 

This platform allows users to stream several sports channels like fubo Sports, beIN extra, Outside TV, and Adventure sports network at no cost. Unfortunately, you’ll miss major live matches and game analyses if you’re a sports lover.

Pay-Tv subscriptions to live sports on Roku

MLB Sports

With an annual subscription from as low as $50, you can tune in and access your regular season games all season long from your favorite teams: with different packages for single-team MLB teams. Roku’s MLB channel also allows subscribers to select home or away feed.

Sling TV

Sports enthusiasts curious about entertainment and lifestyle channels will find solid choices on Roku’s Sling TV channel. It offers access to sports channels like ESPN, NBC, NFL Network, and FOX Sports. The packages are affordable with flexible options for add-on extra sports channels as desired at an affordable rate of approximately $10 a month.

YouTube TV

Roku users with a paid subscription can attest YouTube TV channel delivers value for money with its sports lineups. A minimal monthly subscription of about $64 provides services like CBS Sports, NBC Sports Network, ESPN, NBA TV, Golf Channel, Big Ten Network, and NBA TV, among others. All this magic under one roof. The best part is that a user can purchase add-on channels.

NBA Channel

Sports fanatics with busy schedules understand the pain of missing a live game, but the NBA Channel provides replays, highlights, and score updates alongside live matches. All these rounded-up starts at only $7 a month.

Fubo Tv

The basic FuboTV monthly package at Roku is at least $55. Although costly, here’s why; the user gets access to plenty of sports content in major league games, including live matches, game analysis, and replays. Additionally, you enjoy 100+ local and international sports channels like CBS Sports, FOX Sports, NFL, NBA, and NBC networks.

On the downside, FuboTV lacks an ESPN channel, a significant partner for sports devotees. However, it allows sports add-ons for its users at an additional cost of $10, $12, and $29 a month, depending on the desired additional channels.

Hulu with live

Hulu offers live-streaming sports on ESPN, FOX, Golf, and NBC channels at a monthly rate of $65. Its standard lineup includes golf channels, Olympics, College extra, and Big Ten Networks. The exclusion of major channels like MLB, NFL, and NBA networks is the significant downside of Hulu +Live TV.

Is ESPN free with Roku?

The ESPN app is a must-have channel if you’re a sports maniac. It is free to download on the Roku Sports channel store, but you’ll need a cable provider or an ESPN+ to log in. Other Roku subscriptions like Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV come with free ESPN access.

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So, how much does it cost to watch ESPN on Roku?

ESPN is available on the Roku Channel store at a monthly subscription fee starting from $5; affordable, right? The user can opt for a standard subscription service or the ESPN+ package that allows add-ons.

Considering the vast array of live sports events ESPN covers like all Grand Slam tennis, The Open Championships, The Masters, the NCAA Football Bowl games, and other major global sports.  

On the flip side, ESPN doesn’t stream live NFL or NBA games. ESPN+ broadcasts additional games like cricket, rugby, formula 1, and X-Games.

How can you watch Dofu Sports on Roku?

Dofu is a free live sports channel accessible on Roku TV and devices. The best part is that you can schedule your favorite sports events with Dofu sports on Roku.

Here are the main features of Dofu sports;

  • Live and linear games ranging from NBA, MLB, and NFL to NHL.
  • Live score updates and rankings.
  • Game scheduling option with a reminder.
  • Match customization based on teams, leagues, and location.
  • Game analyses and interviews.

But how can you access the Dofu sports on Roku?

  • It’s simple, enable screen mirroring on a Roku device.
  • Download and install the Dofu Live stream app.
  • Click the Cast option on the notification panel.
  • Select Roku player.
  • Launch the Dofu app and select any sports content of choice.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What app on Roku can I watch football?

Depending on your budget, Roku offers a wide selection of sports apps to watch football, including FOX Sports, NBA, MLB, NHL, Golf, and the tennis channel, among other major sports. For instance, FOX Sports and Total Football TV offer free steaming services for basic games, while major football apps like ESPN+ require a monthly subscription for accessibility.

How can I watch NFL on Roku without cable or satellite?

You can stream the NFL networks without cable or satellite services on Roku’s Sling TV, fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, or on Total football. Alternatively, you can add NFL RedZone for $10 a month on the Sports plus Roku channel. However, if you want a channel that broadcasts all NFL games, YouTube TV on Roku is the best option.

Can I watch UFC and boxing on Roku?

Yes, ESPN+ on Roku streams UFC games at a $5 monthly subscription. The prices for boxing live events varies depending on the streaming platform. For example, DAZN charges $20 a month, and you get access to over 100 fight nights. On the other hand, Fox Sports broadcasts premier boxing championships at different PPV prices, while you’ll need a $10 monthly subscription to stream UFC and boxing games on SHOWTIME.

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The final cut

Roku is the platform for sports lovers who need to cut cable payments. It offers affordable and high-quality live sports with several choices for its users. The flexible packages and free offers cater to sports maniacs and occasional viewers with a frugal mentality. Luckily, you get a free seven-day trial to gauge if the services are worth it before opting in; give it a try.

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