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Complete Guide to Stream College Football Live 2016 – Kodi, Fire TV, Roku, Android

In time for the CFB season 2016, here is our complete guide to stream college football live on Kodi, Fire TV, Roku, Android, Online, and more. Couple years back I shared, how to watch ESPN on XBMC for ESPN College Football programming, which helped many. Then I listed, 5 website to watch college football online free. And more recently, we published a list of 10 best Kodi addons to stream College Football. This complete guide to stream college football live, ties everything together. So whether you are looking for paid services or free ways to live stream CFB, this guide will help you.

Stream College Football Live 2016

For those of you who just want a summary of all different ways (online streaming websites, Kodi, Fire TV, Roku, Android Smartphones and Tablets, Android TV boxes, or Smart TV) to watch CFB live, here is a neat little table that of great help.

How to Watch College Football Live? - TV Channels, PS Vue, Sling TV, Kodi, Android TV
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Channel OTA OTT1 Apps, Websites, and Kodi Addons Smart Device5
ABC Yes PS Vue2 Apps (paid)
Sling TV, PS Vue, Watch ESPN, CBS Sports, and Fox Sports Go
Streaming Sites4- (VPN Protection Suggested)
WatchESPN.com (paid)
justfirstrowsports.com (free)
stream-hd.net (free)
cricfree.net (free)
ifirstrowus.eu (free)
xrxs.net (free)
stream2watch.cc (free)
vipbox.sx (free)
TV Schedules
ESPN.com
IsTheGameOn.com
GetYourFixtures.com
Kodi Addons (Free)5 - (VPN Protection Suggested)
Channel PEAR, Phoenix, VDubt25, SportsDevil, Pac-12, CastAway, USTV Now, Dexter TV, ZemTV, Cliq!, cCloudTV, and NaviX
Amazon Fire TV:
Apps listed on the left
Mobdro App (free)
Kodi with Addons (free)
SPMC with Addons (free)
Android TV Box:
Apps listed on the left
Mobdro App (free)
Kodi with Addons (free)
SPMC with Addons (free)
Roku:
Apps listed on the left
Windows:
Apps listed on the left
Websites on the left
Kodi with Addons (free)
FreeTelly (free)
NBC Yes PS Vue2
FOX Yes PS Vue2
CBS SN No No
ESPN No Sling and PS Vue
ESPN 2 No Sling and PS Vue
ESPN U No PS Vue
ESPN News No PS Vue
Fox Sports No Sling3 and PS Vue
BTN No PS Vue
SECN No Sling and PS Vue
ACCN No No
Pac-12N No Sling
1Both Sling TV and PlayStation Vue offer 7 days of free-trial. Sling TV packages start at $25 and PS Vue at $30.
2No Live coverage. Only on-demand.
3Available only in select markets.
4Warning! Some of the websites have notorias ads and popups that install malware. Watch where you click.
5Some of the addons or apps may be legally questionable. Use your discretion or protect yourself with a VPN.

If you would like details relevant to your streaming device / situation, then be sure to read our detailed guides below.

College Football Live Coverage Channels

CFB games are typically covered live in the following channel: ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS SN (not CBS), ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN U, ESPN News, Fox Sports (1 and 2), Big Ten Network, South Eastern Conference Network, Atlantic Coast Conference Network, Pac-12 Network, and Longhorn Network. Of these, ESPN carry the majority of college football games this year. Many of these channels are available through cable providers but that is not the point of this post. I will cover the other ways you can watch College Football live.

If you dont have an antenna, you still receive OTA channels through USTVNow addon for Kodi. This is both free and legal.

If you are looking for a quick way to find out on which channel a particular CFB game is playing, you can use one of the following websites to check CFB schedules:

Watch CFB Over-the-Air (OTA)

If you only have access to OTA channels then you a bit out of luck. ABC, FOX, and NBC will carry some games. CBS Sports Network is not available OTA. But the good thing is you will be able to catch some of the good matchups that are televised nationally.

OTA Channels That Carry CFB Games Live
OTA Channels That Carry CFB Games Live

I strongly suggest getting a subscription to PlayStation Vue (preferred) or Sling TV, if you do not want to go the cable-way. But if you prefer other alternative ways to watch college football online, then read on.

Over-the-Top (OTT) CFB Programming

I am cord-cutter and a College Football Fan. While there are many free ways watch college football online, I cannot live without a good HD experience. So always before the season I cave and subscribe to cable. This year though, I subscribed to PlayStation Vue and now I left wondering how I lived without it all these years. I compared PlayStation Vue vs Sling TV, and I thought PS Vue apps and interface were butter. In addition, PS Vue carried more channels from the list above for just a few bucks more.

OTA Services That Carry CFB Games Live
OTA Services That Carry CFB Games Live

With PlayStation Vue, I am pretty much set to live stream almost any game. ABC, NBC, and FOX are available only on demand (no live streaming). You can fill this gap through a good OTA antenna or USTVNow addon for Kodi. However, if want to watch ACC or Pac-12 games you may be out of luck as none of the OTT services carry ACC Network and Pac-12 Network. The Pac-12 Kodi addon, available through Super Repo, is an alternative that can help in this situation.

College Football Live Streaming Websites

Now were are moving into darker territory. Watching games through these websites is equivalent to stealing cable. But for many folks who are outside the US, this can offer some relief. I published a list of websites to watch college football online in 2014. But many sites have since been shutdown or moved to another domain. At the time of writing this guide, the following websites appear to carry live streams of channels that telecast College Football Games.

Modes of streaming available through some of these free channels may be legally questionable. Therefore, VPN Protection is suggested. Furthermore, be cautious where you click as these free websites typically contain inconspicuous malware ads.

While I do not recommend this, some of my readers have reported that they were able to use WatchESPN.com, with a friend’s subscription (Cable or PS Vue).

Watch College Football on Kodi or SPMC

There is only one legal addon I know of that may carry some of the CFB games through OTA networks: USTVNow. Another way is to use the ESPN3 plugin but that requires a subscription (cable provider login information).

Watch College Football Live on Kodi XBMC
Watch College Football Live on Kodi and SPMC

there are several more addons that Live stream CFB games on Kodi:

Some addons may contain pirated content. Consider using legal Kodi addons or a VPN ($5.52/mo).

Ways to Stream College Football on Amazon Fire TV

In our opinion the NVidia shield TV and Amazon Fire TV box are the two best Android media players out there. There are several apps available for streaming college football live on Fire TV:

  • Sling TV (subscription required – See OTT above)
  • PS Vue (subscription required; my favorite – See OTT above)
  • Watch ESPN (cable or OTT provider login information required)
  • CBS Sports (subscription required)
  • Fox Sports Go (subscription required)
Stream College Football on Amazon Fire TV
Ways to Watch CFB on Fire TV.

As you can see almost all of the apps require some kind of subscription. If you are looking for watch CFB on Fire TV for free then installing Kodi (or SPMC) with the best addons for CFB streaming (listed above) is the way to go. Another free option is to use Mobdro App for Fire TV. This app live streams several sports channels.

Best Android TV Boxes

  1. NVIDIA SHIELD TV Streaming Media Player 2nd Gen - $199.99 editors pick
  2. Amazon Fire TV Box 2nd Gen - $99.99
  3. KDLINKS® A300 4K Android Quad Core 3D Media Player - $199.99
  4. Matricom G-Box Q² Android TV Streaming Media Mini PC - $97.00
  5. Henscoqi MXIII MX3 Quad Core Amlogic S802 2G/8G Smart HTPC TV Box - $49.99

Watch CFB Games Live on Android TV Box, Smartphone, and Tablet

Watching College Football on Android TV Boxes is essentially the same way as Fire TV described above. The following subscription apps are for available Android TV (including nVidia Shield TV):

  • Sling TV (subscription required – See OTT above)
  • PS Vue (subscription required; my favorite – See OTT above)
  • Watch ESPN (cable or OTT provider login information required)
  • CBS Sports (subscription required)
  • Fox Sports Go (subscription required)
Ways to Watch College Football on Android TV
Ways to Watch College Football on Android TV

If you are looking for watch CFB on Android TV for free then installing Kodi (or SPMC) from Play store with the best addons for CFB streaming (listed above) is the way to go. Another free option is to use Mobdro App for Android TV. This app live streams several sports channels.

Watching College Football on Roku

Since Kodi or SPMC cannot be installed on Roku they are a bit out of luck. But the following subscription channels are available for Roku devices and TV (including nVidia Shield TV):

  • Sling TV (subscription required – See OTT above)
  • PS Vue (subscription required; my favorite – See OTT above)
  • Watch ESPN (cable or OTT provider login information required)
  • CBS Sports (subscription required)
  • Fox Sports Go (subscription required)
Ways to Stream College Football on Roku
Ways to Stream College Football on Roku

In addition, some of the unofficial Plex channels for may carry live sports streams. But this requires you to install and configure Plex on Roku.

Watching CFB Live on Windows

Lastly, if you only have a Windows PC, don’t worry there are several options for you. The first one is through OTT. At this point there is no PS Vue app for windows. But there is a Sling TV App. The second paid option is to use WatchESPN app for Windows.

Ways of Watching College Football on Windows PC
Ways of Watching College Football on Windows PC

Now moving on the legally questionable ways. If you have a browser (which everybody does), they one can watch College football through any of the streaming sites listed above. Once again, be very careful with potential malware ads and you may want to consider getting VPN for anonymity.

Finally, another free route is to install Kodi on Windows and use one of the best addons for CFB streaming (listed above).

Conclusions

Whew! that took a lot of work. But there you have no matter what platform or device you are on on, there are several ways to watch college football live. I tried my best to cover everything. If you are aware of other way, please share with others in the comments section. Go Bucks!

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Anand

Anand is a self-learned computer enthusiast, a part-time blogger, and a Food Scientist by career. He has been blogging since 2010 on Linux, Ubuntu, Home/Media/File Servers, Smart Home Automation, and related HOW-TOs on htpcbeginner.com and smarthomebeginner.com.

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