Sling TV is a top of the line Internet television service in America and it has thousands of active subscribers. However, it is also the only major service out there which doesn’t come with BTN (Big Ten Network). In this guide, we will tell you why BTN is not available on Sling TV and we will share some of the best alternatives that you can use to watch BTN. Let’s get started.
Why is BTN Not Available On Sling?
Sling is a major streaming service that is owned by Dish, and Big Ten Network is majority-owned by Fox. BTN president, Mark Silverman is on record as saying “BTN will be available on Hulu, YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV and Direct Now – all over-the-top internet broadcasters – coming in the fall, a decision that addresses the declining number of cable subscribers, particularly those young Americans who are “cutting the cord” or not signing up for cable at all”.
This statement was from all the way back in 2017 and since then we have seen that BTN has been added to all major services except Sling TV. Soon after the statement, Sling TV released a statement saying that this was not true and the company has no plans of adding BTN to its service.
According to some sources, Fox wants Sling TV to add the Big Ten Network, which is the very reason why Sling doesn’t have the right to carry certain Big Ten Games on Fox Network 1, which is also owned by Fox. However, Sling shows the Big Ten games that air on the other channels not owned by Fox such as ESPN and NBC. Now that you know why BTN is not available on Sling, let’s talk about the alternatives you can use to watch BTN.
5 Ways to Stream BTN
There is a total of 6 major live TV services out there and one of them is Sling TV, which doesn’t carry BTN. But, fear not! You can use the other 5 to stream BTN. Here they are, laid out for your convenience.
How To Use Hulu to Watch BTN
Hulu offers the best of the both worlds, offering a huge library of on-demand content with over 50 channels of live TV including BTN, ESPN, FS1, FS2, ESPNEWS, FOXNEWS, CNN and many more. The service also features a ton of sports channels along with BTN and other major sports networks which provide access to all the latest matches and news. Hulu’s subscription service is available for $40, and with every subscription you get the access to the Hulu on-demand library where you get access to your favorite shows.
How To Use FuboTV to Watch BTN
FuboTV is another major service which comes with 4 Big Ten Network channels, CNN, USA, CBSN, FS1 and tons of other channels. The service features 85 channels overall and the majority of them are sports channels but the service doesn’t have the ESPN. You can get a FuboTV subscription for $39.99. The company also offers a 7-day trial period, so you’re able to try before you buy!
Watch BTN On PlayStation Vue
PlayStation Vue is another very popular service that comes with tons of channels and top of the line customer service. The company has four tiers of service where you get access to variety of channels. If you want access to BTN and other major channels then you will have to get the $49.99 per month core package, which also comes with channels such as ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FS1, FS2 and SEC Network along with sports channels such as NBA TV and NFL Network. The big plus of this service is that it allows you to stream content on up to 5 devices at once.
Watch BTN With YouTube TV
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YouTube TV is a major player in the world of streaming TV. With this service, you get access to tons of channels such as BTN, SEC Network, ESPN, FS1, MLB Network, NBA TV and many more. The only downside of this service is that you can’t use Amazon Fire TV with it and it also lacks the add-ons like NFL RedZone. On the upside, it offers unlimited Cloud DVR and you can add up to six accounts per household. A YouTube TV subscription is available for $49.99 per month. If you want to test the service then you can also go for 7-day trial period, if you don’t like the service then you can claim your refund during the trial period.
Stream Big Ten Network With BTN+
BTN+, formerly called BTN2Go is a great solution for mobile users! To get started you will need the subscription from any of these live TV services:
- YouTube TV
- Hulu with Live TV
- Direct TV Now
- PlayStation Vue
- Fubo TV
With BTN+, you can stream any BTN game or event, and it also offers next-day on-demand streaming of any BTN games if you happen to miss one while it’s on. The pricing of BTN+ varies from provider to provider, so if you are interested in this option then you should contact your service provider.
If you are Sling TV subscriber then you can use any of the above-mentioned services to watch BTN. For now, Sling doesn’t have any plan for adding BTN to its network but if it changes in the future, we will update this blog. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comment section below. Also, visit our website for more useful guides. Here are a few you might want to take a look at:
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