Date/Time: January 8, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Georgia Bulldogs
Live Stream: Sling TV (free 7-day trial)
The end of the holidays can be a tough time. The magic is over, and there are still months of winter to go. All we can say is—thank goodness for college football. We loved watching the college football playoffs, and now it’s time for the big moment. The College Football National Championship game is one of the biggest events of the year, so you can’t miss it. Consider this your guide to the CFB National Championship live stream.
Thankfully, watching the College Football National Championship game online is pretty easy since it’s streaming on only ESPN. So, let’s find the best streaming service that hooks us up with ESPN to watch the football game. Also, just so you’re aware, ESPN also streams tons of bowl games. Read on to learn the best ways you can watch Alabama vs Georgia live stream on game day.
#1 Sling TV: The cheapest way to stream the College Football Championship
What we like about it: Very inexpensive way to stream ESPN
Drawbacks: No local channel coverage
Who it’s perfect for: Fans who mainly want to stream ESPN
We’ll save you the trouble of deep research—Sling TV is currently the cheapest way to stream the College Football Playoffs on ESPN. It’s also a really good streaming service. You can even try it for free with a 7-day trial.
Pricing and plans for Sling TV
Sling TV splits its channels between two packages: Sling Orange for $20 a month and Sling Blue for $25 a month. Thankfully, Sling TV carries ESPN on the cheaper of the two packages, so we definitely suggest sticking with Sling Orange to watch the College Football Championship. Along with offering ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3, Sling Orange nets you popular channels like AMC, Comedy Central, and TNT.
If you’re looking for even more channels, you have the option to bundle Sling Orange + Sling Blue and enjoy all the channels from both packages for $40 a month. You don’t need it to watch the College Football Championship, but it will let you watch both ESPN and local channels, which means even more access to wonderful football across the season. And if there’s anything we like, it’s more football.
Watching college football playoffs on Sling TV
In terms of streaming quality, Sling TV looks very smooth. Of course, the smoothness of the stream will heavily depend on the quality of your internet. Aim for an internet speed of at least 5 Mbps, but if you have multiple streamers under the same roof, you’ll definitely want at least 5 Mbps for each additional streamer.
Assuming you have the internet speed you need, you’ll likely feel impressed with Sling TV’s picture quality. Occasionally you may experience a few dips with a fuzzy picture or delayed audio that last a few seconds, but those instances should be few and far between.
Be aware the cloud DVR costs an extra $5 a month for 50 hours of storage. Of course, we’d prefer the cloud DVR come free with a subscription, but the price isn’t too bad for that many hours of storage. We’ve seen worse, but we’ve also seen better.
If you want to get a more in-depth review of Sling TV, check out our review. Overall, it’s the best (and cheapest) service to watch college football live on ESPN.
Sling TV device compatibility
As you can see, Sling TV does a great job making its service accessible across most devices.
#2 PlayStation Vue: The highest-quality stream out there
What we like about it: Most consistently smooth stream
Drawbacks: A little on the expensive side
Who it’s perfect for: Fans looking for the best streaming experience
Of all the streaming services out there, we found PlayStation Vue offered the best overall quality streaming experience. We guess it’s a “you get what you pay for” situation because PlayStation Vue is double the price of what you’d pay for Sling TV (which is why we’ve ranked it second on the list, not first). You can try out this service and watch the College Football Championships for free with a 5-day trial.
Pricing and plans for PlayStation Vue
To watch the College Football Championship game, we recommend opting for the Access package for $39.99 a month (which is the cheapest option, by the way). Along with ESPN, you’ll get over 40 other channels to choose from, including local affiliate channels. The channel selection, combined with high-quality streaming, is what makes PlayStation Vue a competitor for the best way to livestream the College Football Championships.
PlayStation Vue has three other, more expensive packages if you want to get a little spicy with your channel selection. There’s the Core package for $44.99 a month, the Elite package for $54.99 a month, and the Ultra package for $74.99 a month. We won’t need a more expensive package to watch the College Football Championship game, but if you get bored once the season is done and want to branch out from the basic channel package, the option is there.
Watching the College Football Championship on PlayStation Vue
As you can probably tell, we’re kind of obsessed with PlayStation Vue’s streaming quality. While watching over a shared Wi-Fi connection (around 20 Mbps), we never experienced a single instance of a fuzzy picture, belated audio, or pauses in the livestream.
Granted, your mileage may vary depending on your internet speed, but assuming you have at least 5 Mbps and aren’t sharing the connection with other streamers, you should enjoy a similar quality stream.
Another one of our favorite things about PlayStation Vue is the unlimited cloud DVR storage included in your subscription at no extra cost. You can literally record to your heart’s content and never worry yourself about how much storage you have left.
There is a catch, however—your recorded content gets deleted after 28 days in storage. We’re not a big fan of that setup. Personally, we’d rather a smaller amount of hours that never expires. But at least it comes free with your service. Just make sure to watch everything you record before the expiration date, and you should be fine.
If you want some more thoughts on PlayStation Vue, you can check out our detailed review.
PlayStation Vue device compatibility
Due to the console war between Sony and Microsoft, you can’t stream the College Football Championships on Xbox consoles. But you can stream PlayStation Vue on almost everything else.
#3 Hulu with Live TV: Stream College Football Championships and enjoy on-demand content
What we like about it: Access to Hulu’s on-demand library
Drawbacks: No upgrade options currently
Who it’s perfect for: Fans who love live TV, as well as binge-watching favorite shows
If you’re looking for a streaming service that carries ESPN as well as tons of on-demand content, Hulu with Live TV would be a great fit for you. You can give it a try to make sure with a free 7-day trial.
Pricing and plans for Hulu with Live TV
Hulu with Live TV makes choosing a channel package pretty easy, considering it offers only one at $39.99 a month. Thankfully, that package includes ESPN, so we’ll be covered for livestreaming the College Football Championships. Other channels include local channels like ABC and FOX, and cable favorites like the Disney Channel, CNN, and the Food Network.
Where Hulu with Live TV sets itself apart from the competition is with its on-demand library. Included with your subscription comes access to all the thousands of movies and shows that Hulu’s normal on-demand service offers. You can even pay a few extra bucks a month and upgrade your subscription to get commercial-free on-demand content for $43.99 a month.
Watching the College Football Championships on Hulu with Live TV
Admittedly, Hulu with Live TV’s livestreaming quality isn’t quite as consistent as its on-demand streaming quality. Don’t get us wrong—Hulu’s live TV stream generally works well, but we experienced a few instances of the system crashing and the picture looking fuzzy. However, those instances were fairly rare, so we’re optimistic that Hulu’s background in high-quality content will help its livestreaming quality will catch up soon.
We already talked about the on-demand library, but your subscription also comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage. And nope, your recorded content won’t expire after a certain amount of time, either—you’re welcome to keep your recordings for as long as you want.
If you’re leaning towards Hulu with Live TV, make sure to check out our review for more pros and cons.
Hulu with Live TV device compatibility
Except for PlayStation consoles, you can stream the College Football Championships on Hulu with Live TV from basically every streaming device.
#4 DIRECTV NOW: Cheapest price per channel around
What we like about it: Channel variety
Drawbacks: No cloud DVR
Who it’s perfect for: Fans looking for the best channel value
If you’re the type of person that’s all about getting the most for the best price, then DIRECTV NOW may be a great fit for you. You can try out DIRECTV NOW for free with a 7-day trial.
Pricing and plans for DIRECTV NOW
The best thing about DIRECTV NOW is that even with the cheapest package, you get over 65 channels for $35 a month. You won’t find a better value in terms of channels with any other streaming service. To stream the College Football Championships live, you can opt for the Live a Little package, which includes ESPN as well as other great channels like CBS, FOX, and TNT.
If you want to upgrade to even more channels, DIRECTV NOW offers three other packages, ranging from $50 a month to $70 a month. You eventually can max out with over 120 channels—cue that binge-watching staycation.
Watching the College Football Championships on DIRECTV NOW
We have to admit, the streaming quality with DIRECTV NOW isn’t quite as good as some other streaming services—PlayStation Vue, for example. With DIRECTV NOW, there were dips of quality with fuzzy screens, buffering delays, and occasionally the service would crash altogether.
Of course, these instances weren’t so common that the stream was anywhere near unwatchable, but over the course of a week we experienced a few issues. Definitely aim for an internet speed of at least 5 Mbps to reduce some of those, but we would strongly recommend something faster if you want the best possible stream from this service.
Unfortunately, DIRECTV NOW doesn’t offer any cloud DVR at this time. We know DIRECTV is working on it right now, and it should be unveiled pretty soon (rumors say during the first half of 2018), but chances are it won’t be available by the time the championship game rolls around.
DIRECTV NOW device compatibility
You can stream DIRECTV NOW using most devices with only a few exceptions.
Take your pick for the CFB National Championship Live Stream
We’ve made our recommendations, but so much depends on your situation and what you value. Rest assured that any of the above options will let you livestream the College National Championships, and that’s what matters the most. Enjoy the game, friends.
But before you go, what streaming service do you think you’re going to you choose to watch the Alabama vs Georgia live stream and why? Let us know in the comments below. It helps us make better recommendations for you in the future.
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