Streaming Sports You Should Watch in 2020

Streaming Sports You Should Watch in 2020

Mainstream sports are some of the most expensive rights in television, with good reason. Sports can aggregate fans consistently every week in a way that other content wishes it could. You can’t download a whole season of the 49ers and binge watch over a weekend. Even the best, most creative drama series have to come to an end. Sports generate fresh new storylines season after season without a team of expensive writers.

 

Viewers have plenty of options for all kinds of US and European-centric sports. ESPN+, Hulu, Youtube, DAZN, FuboTV and even Amazon Prime Video have a huge selection of football, soccer, hockey, baseball, basketball and boxing at all levels and leagues.

 

But what about audiences with more “exotic” tastes in sports, at least from a US perspective? Where can we find the sports from home we grew up with, or play ourselves and want to watch the professionals in action? Below I take a look at some of the best OTT streaming services giving passionate fans what they want.

 

WILLOW TV

Willow TV UX

 

I have tried hard to explain cricket to my American friends, with limited success. With 2.5 billion fans, it ranks only behind soccer in terms of global popularity. While enjoying only a modest profile in the US, cricket is immensely popular in Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and other Commonwealth countries.

The best place to watch in the US is on Willow, an app owned by the Indian media conglomerate Times Group. It features all the game formats: test matches, one day internationals and T20 Big Bash, with local commentary audio. The recent Australia/NZ test series came with Foxtel commentary which was fantastic. The only improvement I would suggest is full game replays, rather than highlights, as the matches are usually played late at night Pacific time. It’s $10 a month and available on most OTT devices.

OVO Play

OVO platform

 

This is a great strategy that connects unique sports with audiences both in Australia and globally (where they have the rights) and you don’t need to be a subscriber to OVO’s telco series. Available on web and mobile, fan passes start at $5.99 AUD.

WatchNRL

Watch NRL Streaming

WatchNRL has the rights for the Australian National Rugby League outside of Australia, New Zealand and certain Pacific islands. It features all pre-season, Premiership and State of Origin games, plus women’s league games. WatchNRL also comes with Fox Sports Australia shows like NRL360, Sunday Night with Matty Johns, and League Life.

The NRL Premiership season doesn’t start till next month, so I haven’t had a chance to try this one out yet. This one is definitely for hardcore league fans though, with pricing tiers at $17.00 for a week, $28 for a month or $149 annually. Available on web and mobile.

LAOLA1.TV

ITTF sports streaming

 

Which sport is more popular than golf, baseball, basketball or rugby? If you guessed table tennis, then is LAOLA1 is for you. Along with International and European Table Tennis Federations games, LAOLA1 boasts diverse fixtures such as Indian horse racing, Korean Volleyball League and German basketball – and that’s just coming up this week. There’s also plenty of European, Greek and Austrian football.This Austria-based online portal says they are Europe’s largest sports streaming platform. LAOLOA1 has both free and premium options, and is available on web and mobile.

Thanks for reading! Let us know your favorite sport and the service you watch it on in comments.

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