The US Open starts this week, and if you’re a cord cutting golf fan you’re probably wondering how you can catch all of the action without an onerous cable subscription. If so, then I’ve got good news for you: this year, it’s never been easier to watch the US Open without cable and today I am going to tell you exactly how to go about it.
Without further ado, let’s get started!
Before we jump into how to watch, lets start with when and where to watch:
By far, the easiest way to watch the US Open without cable is with an over-the-air (OTA) antenna. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, an OTA antenna is basically a more stylish, and much more powerful version of the rabbit ears you grew up with.
The main difference between today’s antenna and the antenna’ of yesteryear is that the modern OTA antenna can access digital signals that produce all the network television (FOX, ABC, CBS) you love in 1080i HD.
Now the vast majority of the US Open will air on the Fox broadcast network, which is easily picked up with an OTA antenna. You won’t be able to catch every single round, but you’ll still be able to catch the bulk of it. If you are a bit of a fanatic, and don’t want to miss a single second the action (and are willing to pay for it), keep on reading.
Like I said earlier, a majority of the US open will air on OTA television but in order to fill in the gaps you’ll want to get a subscription to PlayStation Vue; an online streaming service that works a lot like Sling TV. For a monthly fee, which varies depending on your subscription plan, you get streaming access to 50+ live television channels; including a ton of channels from Fox.
This is important because the majority of the first two rounds will air on Fox Sports 1 (FS1); which is included with every subscription plan. The cheapest plan will run you $30 a month. Sadly Playstation Vue is not available on every platform. Click here to learn more.
You can also access FS1 (and other Fox Sports networks) with Sling TV, but only through their beta Multi-Stream package that sacrifices the ESPN family of networks. If you’re a current Sling TV subscriber, you’d need to switch your subscription plan. If you’re a new Sling TV subscriber, you’d had to select the Multi-Stream option. An advantage Sling has over PlayStation Vue is the number of devices on which Sling is available.
The last part of the third and fourth round will air on Fox Deportes, which is not available without a cable subscription unfortunately. But don’t you worry. If you still want to squeeze out a little more coverage of the US Open without using cable, there’s one more option for you.
Your third and final option is with USOpen.com and its mobile apps (available on both iOS and Android). The US Open will stream limited coverage of the tournament every single day, but will only focus on certain groups.
It won’t be as comprehensive as if you were watching it on Fox, but you get every single day of the tournament and will serve an as excellent supplement to any of the rounds you may be missing. If you’d like to see more of what you can, click here and check out the streaming schedule for each day.
If you’re a golf fan, then this is going to be a great week for you. Not only will you be able to get all the golf you love, but you’ll also be able to watch it without having spend hundreds of dollars on a cable subscription.
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