How to Watch the 2018 Masters Tournament Without a Cable Subscription
From Thursday, April 5 through Sunday, April 8, the 82nd Masters Tournament will take place at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. If you’re not lucky enough to secure tickets to the prestigious golf tournament, there will be plenty of ways to watch the coverage via your television and mobile screens.
If you’re someone who’s cut the cord and no longer deals with a cable subscription, let us tell you how you can watch all the exciting action in April.
Unlike most sporting events, catching all of the Masters Tournament on TV without a cable subscription will be a bit trickier. The first two rounds (Thursday and Friday) will be broadcast on ESPN, while the final two rounds (Saturday and Sunday) will move over to CBS, per tradition.
Normally, we discuss the numerous free trials of streaming services that you can take advantage of for these purposes. However, we’ll have to stick to a couple specific ones this time because some services don’t offer access to CBS.
Try YouTube TV
Usually, we’d start this article with a look into Sling TV. However, this is one of the aforementioned services that doesn’t have a deal to stream CBS, so we’ll skip right to your best option, YouTube TV. Available in most cities throughout the country, YouTube TV is a lot like Sling TV, just with a few differences.
The YouTube TV packages start at $35/month for base services without premium add-ons like Showtime or HBO. You can get a free, seven-day trial that you can cancel before your credit card is charged. YouTube TV offers access to both ESPN and CBS, meaning that you’ll never miss a minute of the Masters coverage.
NOTE: For long-term reference, YouTube TV offers access to all the broadcast networks, not just CBS. This is a big deal if you’re interested in keeping the service after your free trial, as none of the other major streaming services offer access to all of the “Big Four” networks.
Hulu with Live TV
Similar to YouTube TV, Hulu now offers live streaming television. The service offers access to both CBS and ESPN, which means it’s another perfect platform for watching the 2018 Masters Tournament. Hulu with Live TV costs $39.99 per month for the base package, which includes those channels. And just like with the other services, you can get free access for up to a week as long as you’ve never signed up for the live TV package in the past.
To clarify, this offer should work for current Hulu subscribers, as long as you’ve never had the Live TV option associated with your account.
CBS All Access
If you happen to have a Sling TV subscription – or some other way of streaming the early rounds on ESPN – you’ll still need an easy way to stream the final two rounds on CBS. The easiest way to do this is through CBS All Access, a paid service that allows you 24/7 access to live broadcasts. Saturday and Sunday’s rounds will be broadcast on CBS and All Access.
All Access costs $5.99 per month or $9.99 per month without ads. However, like most streaming services, CBS offers a seven-day free trial for new customers. If you plan it correctly, you’ll be able to catch all of the Masters without spending a dime.
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