DirecTV online-only plan has many of your local sports teams covered – Ars Technica

For cable and satellite TV customers who want to cancel and switch to online streaming, the shortage of local sports has long been a major drawback. But regional sports networks that air your local baseball, basketball, and ice hockey teams are starting to come to online streaming services, and AT&T’s DirecTV Now has rights to most of the US-based MLB, NBA, and NHL teams in local markets.

The coverage isn’t perfect. DirecTV Now has rights to all three leagues in some cities, and none in others. For example, Chicago-area subscribers to DirecTV Now can watch the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, and Blackhawks, but Philadelphia-area customers would have no access to the regional sports channel covering the Phillies, 76ers, and Flyers. It’s a mix in cities where DirecTV Now has rights to some regional sports networks but not others. DirecTV Now in New York thus has the Yankees but not the Mets, the Nets but not the Knicks, and neither of the NY-based hockey teams. Boston-area subscribers to DirecTV Now can watch the Celtics on Comcast SportsNet New England, but there’s no Red Sox or Bruins coverage because DirecTV Now lacks rights to New England Sports Network.


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