Things are definitely starting to heat up in Death Valley! Whether you’re on Team Bryant or Team Lawrence in the QB debate, the spring game made it obvious that we’re in for an exciting season. Starting September 1 at Memorial Stadium, the Clemson Tigers will have their eye on the College Football Playoff and Sugar Bowl redemption.
If you’re hoping to follow the Tigers all the way, we’ve gathered the best viewing options below. We can’t guarantee a national title, but we can help you find a way to catch all the Clemson Football action from the comfort of your own home.
Channels for watching Clemson football
With the returning talent and the recent Coaches Poll ranking Clemson as a top team to watch in the 2018 season, many Clemson games will no doubt appear in ESPN’s main college football coverage.
In fact, the week-two matchup against Texas A&M on September 8 is already scheduled to appear on ESPN. Other games will show up on local coverage like ABC and the ACC Network, which you can access through the WatchESPN app.
Depending on which channel covers each matchup, the services below will allow access to Clemson games live.
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|FOX||(98 local networks)||(173 local networks)|
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|NBC||(97 local networks)||(144 local networks)|
Each of these services will have you up and running come week one on September 1, but check out the pros and cons to determine which provider is right for you.
#1 DIRECTV: Reliable service anywhere, every time
What we like: Reliability and quality
Drawbacks: Service requires a contract
Who it’s perfect for: Fans who are willing to commit for guaranteed, uninterrupted service
DIRECTV has been around for a while, but it’s been working hard to keep up with the new affordable streaming services.
Its CHOICE™ package offers 185 channels and NFL SUNDAY TICKET’s 2018 season for $45 the first year. Just be aware that all DIRECTV packages require a 2-year contract with a hefty price increase the second year.
Reliable coverage every time
As a traditional satellite TV provider, DIRECTV offers what new streaming systems simply can’t guarantee—reliability. There’s no buffering or loss of connection during key plays: it’s clear coverage every time.
Similarly, DIRECTV is available nationwide, so you’re guaranteed service to watch each Clemson touchdown (in addition to all local coverage) wherever you call home.
Added bonus: NFL SUNDAY TICKET
If you get at least the CHOICE package ($45 a month), DIRECTV offers the 2018 season of NFL SUNDAY TICKET included, so the final whistle on Saturday doesn’t have to mean the end of football for the weekend. If you definitely want pro football in addition to the Clemson lineup, DIRECTV, as the only service offering NFL SUNDAY TICKET, is the way to go.
The downside: 2-year contract
The major drawback of DIRECTV is that it requires a 24-month contract. The initial price is only guaranteed for the first 12 months, and the price may more than double for months 13–24.
There’s also a fee if you decide to terminate early. So make sure you’re committed before you sign up.
#2 YouTube TV: The games you want with no strings attached
What we like: Fast, clear streaming quality with no annual contract and an unlimited DVR
Drawbacks: Less ABC availability
Who it’s perfect for: The football enthusiast who wants to watch the game on a quality stream
Google introduced YouTube TV in February 2017 with the promise that it would be “live TV designed for the YouTube Generation—those who want to watch what they want, when they want, without commitments.”1
For the most part, that’s what it’s achieved. YouTube TV offers over 65 channels—including ESPN and some of the local ABC affiliates needed to view Clemson play—for only $40 a month.
The best part: no contract or cancellation fee. Try it free for a week.
Best streaming quality
Simply put, YouTube TV’s streaming quality is amazing. With a crystal clear picture and fewer connectivity interruptions, YouTube TV provides one of the best products in the live TV streaming industry.
YouTube TV streams live TV on most devices, which means you can watch the Tigers score on your phone or cast it onto your TV screen. (Be aware that YouTube TV does not function with Amazon Fire TVs.)
With three simultaneous streams allowed, you can watch the game while any non-Clemson-fan family members (Heaven forbid!) can binge-watch their own shows.
Rewatch all of the major plays with unlimited DVR
One of YouTube TV’s biggest claims to fame is its unlimited DVR, which allows you to record as much as you want and keep the content for nine months. This lets you watch and rewatch all the season’s greatest highlights with no fear of them being deleted.
In addition, with access to the WatchESPN app, YouTube TV provides you coverage of all ESPN network channels, allowing you to watch ESPN broadcasted Clemson games on the go.
With YouTube TV, you do risk missing a few locally broadcasted Clemson games, since YouTube TV has fewer local affiliates than Hulu Live. YouTube TV also doesn’t carry the NFL Network or NFL SUNDAY TICKET, so if you’re an NFL fan, you’ll have to find another way to cheer on Sunday’s team. Try here for help watching the NFL Network.
#3 Hulu with Live TV: More TV than you’ll have time to watch
What we like: Sheer number of on-demand TV shows and local stations
Drawbacks: Limited live channels
Who it’s perfect for: Clemson fans who are also TV enthusiasts
Hulu Live is pretty much neck and neck with YouTube TV when it comes to live TV offerings, but Hulu Live also grants you access to all Hulu on-demand content and original productions. Try it for free here.
Mountains and mountains of on-demand TV
If you’re looking for a streaming service that offers more than just the Clemson games, Hulu with Live TV has it all. With more local ABC affiliates than YouTube TV and tons of on-demand content, it hosts popular TV shows like This is Us and Hulu originals like The Handmaid’s Tale.
On the football front, Hulu Live offers the entire ESPN package, including ESPNU, and tons of local sports coverage. This helps ensure that you’ll get the games showing in your area.
Specialized but limited live channels
The biggest drawbacks of Hulu Live compared to other streaming services are its somewhat limited live channels, smaller DVR storage, and occasionally difficult menu interfaces.
Notably, it’s missing the NFL Network and NFL SUNDAY TICKET, so you’ll have to find another way to watch your professional team win. Try here for help watching your NFL team.
Start watching the Clemson Tigers now!
Whichever one you pick, all of these services will bring you closer to Memorial Stadium and the Tigers this year. Just make sure that you decide which option is right for you before the season opener kicks off on September 1!
Have any questions about streaming Clemson Football? Let us know in the comments below.