Best ways to watch Georgia football
America's Top 120 Plus
Star quarterback Jake Fromm is looking to compete for a national championship with the Bulldogs this season. Watch as the 2018 Rose Bowl winners take on the competition as they aim for another SEC final.
If you’re looking for someone to read the fine print and tell you the pros and cons of the best choices out there—look no further. We’ve got all the details you need.
Channels for watching Georgia football
If you’re used to the NFL schedule when looking for what channels you may need, then this may be a bit disappointing. Georgia’s football programming schedule hasn’t been finalized, but we can tell you what channels you’ll need for the first few games.
- ESPN will start us off by broadcasting week 1
- CBS will take over week 2 and cover week 8
- ESPN 2 will host week 3
- The rest of the season is TBD
We’ve broken down large chunks of information (seriously, these services’ terms and conditions are stomach-curdling-ly boring) into neat bite-sized pieces, hopefully making it easier to decide which service you’ll want to go with.
#1 Hulu with Live TV: Demand more from your on-demand service
What we like: Most affordable option
Drawbacks: Hidden customizing fees
Who it’s perfect for: Fans who can’t watch the game at home
Hulu with Live TV is the best option for fans on a budget. It has oodles of on-demand content, and all the local channels you’ll need to watch Georgia football anywhere you are.
If you’re a hands-on person, you can check out the service with a 7-day free trial.
Cut the cord and the contracts
Hulu Live is the “cut the cord” option for those looking to get a service with no contract or unwieldy satellite dish. It starts you off at a reasonable $39.99 a month with the option to customize to your liking. Adding to its good points, it has a large amount local channel affiliates, meaning you’re more likely to get the channels you need if Georgia football is on your mind.
Before ripping your current provider out of the wall, you should check out Hulu Live’s home page and click on the View Channels button—just to make sure you’ll get the channels you need.
Customize when (and if) you can
We mentioned Hulu Live’s customization options, but using them is easier said than done. For example: you may want to customize the measly 50 hours of DVR storage space included in the base package because—let’s be honest— we all need more than that. But add-ons like that one can cost upwards of $15 each.
In fact, if you bundle all the add-ons together, you’ll be paying close to the DISH price range. At that point, it’s hardly worth the price you’re paying for what you’re getting. ut if you can stretch the 50 hours that come with the DVR and you don’t need any special bells and whistles, $40 per month is a great deal to watch Georgia football games.
#2 DISH: The frontline of satellite TV entertainment
America's Top 120 Plus
What we like: Largest option for live TV
Drawbacks: Most expensive option (at first)
Who it’s perfect for: Fans who like consistency on and off the field
DISH is a big package that packs an even bigger punch—kind of like the Georgia offensive line. So before you turn away from its initial price, you should know that it’s in our second spot for a really good reason: consistency.
Go big, or go home
DISH’s America’s Top 120 Plus option comes with over 190 channels and costs $69.99 a month. That’s a lot for anyone, but like we said earlier, that price won’t change during your two years with DISH. Yeah, that’s right, you’ll have to sign a two-year contract if you want Dish’s service.
No one likes to be tied down with contracts, but DISH does at least give back to its customers in some ways. You’ll get all the channels you need in order to watch Georgia football, as well as a large chunk of channels to enjoy during the off-season.
There’s no risk and plenty of rewards
Unlike competitors, the price you sign up for won’t change during your two-year contract with DISH. That is unless you want to add something like the Hopper 3 (more on that in a second). This is a big deal because you won’t feel like you’re getting blindsided by a price hike like the next service on our list is more likely to do.
DISH also spices things up when it comes to its DVR options. Its best DVR, the Hopper 3, gives you over 500 hours of HD storage space for the same amount of money per month you’d spend upgrading Hulu Live’s tiny DVR.
Plus, the Hopper 3 gives you 16 simultaneous recordings. How would you even use up that many? We have no idea, but at least you’ll never have to worry about someone recording over your next Georgia football game.
#3 DIRECTV: Watch the game evolve to the next level
What we like: Every single game and more
Drawbacks: Contracts and price changes
Who it’s perfect for: Fans who want the most football available
DIRECTV is for those of us who like to squeeze as much football as we can into the fall season, no matter the cost. This is a service for those of us who wear a jersey to a nice dinner because it’s our Sunday finest.
Watch college ball and the NFL just because you can
Out of the many packages that DIRECTV has available, you’ll want to go for the CHOICE™ package. It starts at $45 a month and gets you over 185 channels, plus a season of NFL SUNDAY TICKET.
That’s a great deal, especially considering NFL SUNDAY TICKET usually costs $293 per season. So if you’re the type of person who wants to watch everything from the Rose Bowl to the Super Bowl, the CHOICE package is pretty much ideal.
Just be warned that DIRECTV automatically enrolls you in NFL SUNDAY TICKET for the second year of your contract, when the price isn’t included in your package. So make sure to cancel before that second season starts if you’re not willing to shell out the cash.
Go the whole nine yards when it comes to satellite TV
There are some things you ought to know about before calling this service a touchdown. As we mentioned, there’s a two-year contract, just like DISH. More importantly, your price changes the second year from $45 a month to $105 a month.
The price might’ve shattered your rose-colored glasses, but that’s okay because we wouldn’t call this a red flag exactly. In the long run, DIRECTV’s prices ends up being consistent with DISH. So while we don’t like shady price hikes, we do think DIRECTV is still worth the price if you want as much football as possible.
The refs and players are ready—are you?
Classes have started, and the Georgia Bulldogs are looking to teach some teams a lesson in football. So pick whichever service works best with your life, and get ready for some serious showdowns.
We’ve given you some tips on the best ways to watch Georgia football. Which ones work for you? Tell us in the comments below.