The 2014 World Cup is over, and unless you’re German, you’re probably deeply sad about that.
But don’t fret: 2014 has a lot more in store for streaming sports. And if you’re one of the many who have ditched their pricey cable package in favor of relying on streaming media, you can stay as involved in the games as everyone else. Here are some of the best viewing options for cord-cutters looking to get the most out of streaming sports…
Best Streaming Sports Sites of 2014
Streaming Tennis US Open 2014
One of the next big events in the wide world of sports is the 2014 Tennis US Open, and we can’t wait to see if Rafael Nadal can repeat the magic of 2013. As recommended last year, your two best options are either to catch as much of the action as WatchESPN will broadcast (which will be a lot), or to go straight to the US Open’s website, which will be sure to cover every last moment of the final Tennis Major of the 2014 USTA season.
MLB Baseball Streaming Online
Now that we’ve just passed the All-Star Game, we have a whole other half of a season of baseball to look forward to. And with so many games going on all over the country at once, there’s only one streaming service we look to at a time like this: MLB.tv. 2400 games of MLB baseball, live or on demand. Highlights, stats, split screen, etc. all delivered in stunning HD quality. It’s everything a true baseball fan could ever want out of his or her streaming experience. Play ball!
Big news for cord-cutters who want their season-long access to every NFL game: You no longer need a DirecTV satellite to get NFL Sunday Ticket! Of course, getting NFL Sunday Ticket – the popular service which shows out-of-market games to Football fans across the country – is a little pricier for cord-cutters. Here’s the visual breakdown:
As you can see, NFL Sunday Ticket is now available on a number of streaming devices like iPhones, iPads, and Macs. As we said, the price is a bit prohibitive, and there’s no word yet as to whether Apple users can use Airplay to stream NFL games on their TVs, but this is a big win for cord-cutters. The best way to watch NFL football is available to us and we’d argue it’s worth the cost.
Okay, admittedly, the next season of basketball a good long time from now, but in light of the recent return of Lebron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers, we couldn’t stifle our excitement. It’s never too early to get ready for the next season of hoops, so get your subscriptions in order. We recommend going the official route of NBA.com, otherwise known as NBA Game Time, where you can even watch the Summer League during the wait between regular seasons.
But it’s during the regular season when the big perks kick in, with live games, stats, recaps, and videos galore. So get your network all geared up, and let’s see what the Cavs can do with James now that he’s a little older and wiser.
Streaming MLS Soccer
Did watching the World Cup boost your love for soccer? Sick of waiting four years to watch matches? Fear not, as Major League Soccer is in the middle of its 2014 season. The games are US-based but full of International players, so if you are an American trying to looking for some more soccer to devour after the World Cup, this will be a very easy transition. If you are a rabid “football” fan, jump on board and get the MLS app! It is available to stream via Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, iPad, and smart phones.
Over the past ten years, UFC rose from an activity akin to backyard wrestling to one of the most popular athletic competitions in the world. This is with good reason, as a UFC match is one of the more non-stop exhilarating sporting events available on a mass scale. Even an average match garners some level of surprise, as the chance for the unexpected is always a punch or kick away. There is a limited amount of free UFC material available on the Roku app, but purchasing the monthly UFC Fight Pass can allow you access to even more content.
Extreme Sports/ Skateboarding/ Snowboarding
Like athletics but prefer your sports to be a bit more extreme and “off the wall”? Then get out your Roku and add the Transworld channel. Transworld was one of the original skateboarding resources, responsible for classic videos like Jason Dill and Anthony Van Engelen’s “Feedback”. Transworld is still a mammoth institution within the field of skateboarding, and extreme sports in general. Looking to catch up on skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, motocross, and BMX? Look no further than Transworld.
Enjoy Streaming Sports With a FlashRouter
Streaming sports is a more than acceptable alternative for watching the games live or on cable, but it’s also the sort of thing that will eat up your bandwidth.
That’s why we recommend making sure that you get ready for every upcoming season of streaming sports with a FlashRouter.
As the video above explains, a FlashRouter harnesses the power, speed, and versatility of some of the best routers on the market and amplifies it by flashing these devices with replacement firmwares like DD-WRT or Tomato. Using a DD-WRT or Tomato FlashRouter, you can access advanced security options, extend your wireless range, and even control how your bandwidth is allocated, which is quite useful for HQ sports streaming.
Better yet, if you want to be able to stream your favorite sports from anywhere in the world without dealing with geographical web restrictions, and you’re subscribed to a VPN on our supported provider list like IPVanish or HideMyAss we can send your FlashRouter with your VPN information fully installed. No tricky installation procedures for you. Let us handle the grunt work.
Best FlashRouters for Streaming Sports
We hate to play favorites around here. You could pick any router on our line to significantly improve your network experience and bandwidth controls. There are a couple of handy best-of lists (Best DD-WRT Routers of 2014, and the Best-Selling Routers of 2014) that are absolutely worth a look if you want to get a sense of the variety we offer.
So, while acknowledging that there are no bad choices at FlashRouters.com, the very first place we’d direct you is to the Netgear R7000 AC1900 DD-WRT FlashRouter. This is the router you go to if you simply want the best of the best; the fastest speeds, the most processing power… basically, the works.
A very small step down from that would be the Netgear R6300 V2 DD-WRT FlashRouter, which just so happens to be featured on our Summer Blowout Sale *wink, wink* and is one of our top-performing devices.
But if you’re not aiming for such an intense network overhaul, and you’d just like to improve your wireless power for the sake of quality streaming sports, you can’t go wrong with the simple, elegant performance of a Linksys E2500 Tomato FlashRouter. It’s a superlative device at an economical price.