Last Updated on January 8, 2021
In this article, we will show you How to Watch Live Sports on FireStick. The apps and streaming services mentioned in this guide will also work with the Firestick 4K, not to mention the Fire TV Cube, Fire TV (Gen 3), and Amazon’s Fire TV Edition Smart TVs or soundbars.
Streaming services are slowly taking over the cable and satellite TV businesses. You can watch not only movies and TV shows on-demand but also live TV channels over an internet connection.
Also, streaming services are way cheaper than paying for long-term contracts, as you are not forced to pay a fee every month and get the option to cancel your subscription anytime you want.
While cutting the cord didn’t seem to be a viable option for sports fans, several new streaming services have emerged in recent years, and many of them are entirely devoted to providing live and on-demand sports streams.
Although sports streaming is relatively expensive compared to your typical on-demand offerings, the vast majority of sports fans now take advantage of the services on dedicated streaming devices.
Last Updated on January 8, 2021
How to Watch Live Sports on Firestick
Amazon’s Firestick is an excellent option for new cord-cutters, not only because of its vast list of supported apps but also for its affordable price tag. It is a plug-and-play device, and inexperienced users can set it up easily to watch live sports, TV channels, and other on-demand content.
If you already have a Firestick connected to your TV, then you probably are a lot familiar to its interface and functions. However, you might not know about the services that offer live sports on Firestick, which is why we have prepared this guide. We will walk you through both free and premium services.
Stream Live Sports on Firestick for free
There are several third-party video streaming apps that offer live sports streams, as well as highlights and replays on Firestick. We have shortlisted a few of them below, which you should definitely check out.
It’s worth mentioning that these free firestick sports apps are available in neither Amazon Appstore nor other trusted Android app markets.
Most of these services also host unlicensed streams, which is deemed as piracy in most countries. However, you can use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) service to mask your IP address and watch the sports streams anonymously.
Let’s take a look at some of the best sports apps for Firestick which you can use to watch your favorite sports matches on your respective Fire TV Devices anywhere in the world.
TVTap is more of a free IPTV app, with a massive catalog of 500+ channels from several countries across the world. It does have sports channels as well, including ESPN, ESPN 2, FOX Sports, beIN Sports, TSN, FS1, TUDN, NBCSN, NBC Sports, etc.
In addition, premium live sports network add-ons are also available to stream for free. With the latest updates, the developers are adding more and more sports channels to the channel list.
TVTap does have a dedicated schedule section for sports events. You can filter the schedule by cricket, football, boxing, soccer, golf, NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, UFC, WWE, etc. Alongside live sports channels, TVTap scrapes sports streams from public sources as well.
You can expect to watch your favorite sports events live in up to HD quality. However, the streams are limited to SD quality most of the time.
One of the best things about TVTap is its support for external players. You can select MXPlayer to playback the live sports streams on your Firestick. As a bonus, you get the ability to pause the live stream and rewind back as well.
Vola Sports is quite a popular third-party sports streaming app in the Fire TV and Android TV community.
Alongside standalone streams, you can tune in to 150+ live sports channels worldwide, such as ESPN, NFL Channel, NBA TV, FOX Sports, FS1, FS2, MLB Network, BeIN Sports, TUDN, Tennis Channel, UFC TV, WWE Network, and many more.
While most of the channels don’t work as of now, the developers add new links for the channels with every update. The stream quality also goes up to 720p HD, which is respectable considering that it’s free to watch.
The Vola Sports app on Firestick also has a compact schedule with a countdown timer next to upcoming sports events.
While its other features aren’t worth writing home about, you can at least access highlights and full replays of recently broadcasted games from the dedicated Highlights section of the app. Plus, the app is pretty small in size, making it easier to install in case your Firestick is low on storage.
Mobdro doesn’t necessarily provide sports streams but uses web scrapers to find live streams from public sources instead. The development for Mobdro has slowed down by quite a lot in recent years, but it still manages to fetch live sports channel streams.
You can search for not only your favorite sports channels but also major leagues and live pay-per-view event streams for free on Mobdro. The stream quality can be hit or miss, but then you have alternative streams to try as well.
Mobdro doesn’t ask you for any sort of subscription. It’s free to download, and you can use it for free too. The app also offers additional features, such as a bookmarking tool, offline download, and advanced search filters.
The first thing experienced Fire TV users sideload on their devices is Kodi.
It isn’t a streaming service that offers live or on-demand content, but a free and open-source home theater software. It has been around since 2002, and you can get Kodi on almost all the popular operating systems.
What makes Kodi unique is its ability to work with various extensions, which we mostly call as add-ons. These add-ons are based on Python scripts, and the open-source nature of the platform gives community developers the flexibility to create new services for it.
Since Kodi is mostly used for streaming, many developers have created video add-ons from scratch, making publicly available live and on-demand content more accessible to Kodi users. In addition, there are several add-ons that have been designed to provide live sports content for free.
For example, you can get The Crew, Deceit Sports, SportsDevil, TVTap, Rising Tides, or the Temp TV add-on to get access to a sizable library of live sports content.
Note that these add-ons are not available in Kodi’s official add-on repository, so you will have to install third-party repositories for them. Also, Amazon removed Kodi from its Appstore a few years ago, and you will be required to sideload the Kodi APK file on Firestick.
Watch Live Sports on Firestick with Premium Services
Third-party apps that offer live sports on Firestick for free are mostly unreliable, as you may or may not find the streams for your favorite sports events all the time.
This is why we recommend you to pay for premium streaming services instead, as they provide live sports streams at the correct time.
Also, premium services pay for the streaming rights, so you don’t have to worry about receiving copyright notices from your internet service provider.
Here are some of the premium options for you to watch live sports on Firestick.
ESPN+ is an American over-the-top live and on-demand sports streaming service. In the second quarter of 2020, the service had 7.9 million subscribers in the United States.
The service has streaming rights over many sports events, including Top Rank Boxing, Tennis Grand Slams, Major League Soccer, U.S Open Cup, English Football League, Serie-A, PGA Championship, UEFA Nations League, Major League Rugby, Canadian Football League, Bundesliga, etc.
You can watch international cricket matches from India, New Zealand, and Ireland teams as well. ESPN+ also carries games from the American Athletic Conference.
ESPN+ also has struck a deal with UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) in 2018, getting exclusive rights to stream twenty Fight Night events on the service per year, along with preliminary fights from ten Fight Night events.
It also includes UFC’s flagship supplemental content, including Dana White’s Contender Series. You can buy the UFC Fight Pass directly from ESPN+ for more UFC-related content. Furthermore, ESPN+ has exclusive streaming rights on every major UFC pay-per-view events until the contract expires.
ESPN+ also gives you access to ESPN’s original programming, plus the award-winning 30 for 30 documentary franchise. You can watch Detail, ESPN FC, NFL Primetime, Peyton’s Places, The Fantasy Show, Always Late with Katie Nolan, and many more on-demand.
Note that ESPN+ doesn’t carry the same content as the regular ESPN channels. The official ESPN app on Firestick does let you watch the channel live if you log in with your cable television provider. However, ESPN+ is a separate subscription-based service.
You only have to pay $4.99 every month for an ESPN+ subscription. The yearly subscription costs $49.99. Since ESPN+ is owned by The Walt Disney Company, you can get Hulu, Disney, and ESPN+ subscription all under a $12.99 bundle.
Keep in mind that ESPN+ is only available in the United States, due to limited streaming rights and licensing agreements.
DAZN is another subscription-based live sports streaming service on the best sports app for firestick list.
It has streaming rights for hundreds of sports events around the world in different countries, including the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, Super Cup, Serie-A, Europa League, English Football League, Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Major League Soccer, NCAA, Major League Baseball, Matchroom Sport, UFC, Caribbean Premier League, PGA European Tour, Formula One, IndyCar Series, U.S. Open, etc.
DAZN also broadcasts exclusive combat sports events from popular promotion companies, without asking for additional charges. Everything is included in DAZN’s $19.99 monthly and $99.99 yearly subscription (in the United States).
It’s worth noting that DAZN is currently available in Austria, Canada, Brazil, Italy, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Spain, and the United States, with plans to expand in 200+ countries from this year.
Also, the availability of certain sports events is subject to your location. The DAZN app is officially available in the Amazon Appstore, in case you are wondering.
Last Updated on January 8, 2021
Hulu with Live TV
While Hulu’s live TV service isn’t comparable to a dedicated sports streaming service by any means, its channel catalog has plenty of sports channels to offer.
With Hulu + Live TV, you can watch live sports on ACC Network, SEC Network, Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPNews, ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Goalline, ESPN College Extra, ESPN U, FS1, FS2, Golf Channel, NBCSN, YES Network, etc.
Considering that the Hulu + Live TV subscription only costs $54.99/month, you get plenty of sports channels, as well as 50+ additional entertainment and news channels for your live TV needs. In addition, you get access to Hulu’s on-demand streaming library.
Additionally, you can pay for YouTube TV, fuboTV, Sling, or AT&T TV NOW for more or less live sports coverage on Firestick at affordable monthly plans. All of these services are officially compatible with Fire TV devices.
Watching live sports online has never been this simple, now that there are so many streaming services dedicated to sports content. This guide has walked you through some of the most popular services that offer live sports on Firestick.