The one of the most anticipating event by the Ultimate Fighting Championship – UFC 230 is around the corner an upcoming mixed martial arts showdown will be located on November 3, 2018 at Madison Square Garden (MSG) in New York City, New York, live streaming on pay-per-view.
How to Watch UFC Events Without Cable
- 1 How to Watch UFC Events Without Cable
- 1.1 Why is MSG so famous for UFC and Boxing?
- 1.2 How to get tickets at Madison Square Garden?
- 1.3 Top recommendations of watching UFC 230 without cable
- 1.4 Sling TV
- 1.5 UFC 230 Pay-Per-View
- 1.6 Amazon Prime Video
- 1.7 WWE Network
- 1.8 Other options
- 1.9 DAZN (pronounced “Da Zone”)
- 1.10 Showtime
- 1.11 Is it possible to watch HBO Boxing matches without a cable?
- 1.12 Why is it difficult to stream UFC 230 without a cable?
Watching events such as UFC, WWE, boxing matches or WWE in PPV requires a cable. Cord-cutters mainly miss Pay-Per-View. Fortunately, it is now possible to cut the cord and still watch UFC PPV events via several options.
Why is MSG so famous for UFC and Boxing?
The Madison Square Garden is in Manhattan location which is the Americas most public transit-friendly places and this is why the most popular venues in the country.
How to get tickets at Madison Square Garden?
You can get MSG tickets from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.
Top recommendations of watching UFC 230 without cable
You get access to all UFC 230 events via traditional cable when you cut the cord. However, Pay-Per-View is usually the last option for cord-cutters. There are a few streaming services that offer PPV viewing. The challenge with Pay-Per-View is that events are broadcast from separate locations by different providers. Here are other options to access PPV events.
Sling TV is a DISH Network-owned UFC 230 streaming service. It is the only cord-cutting service which provides Pay-Per-View events. There are 3 subscription packages that offer Pay-Per-View: Sling Orange at $25 per month, Sling Blue at $25 per month and Sling Blue + Orange at $40 per month.
Follow these steps to watch UFC 230 online:
Step 1: Sign up for Sling TV account
The first step is to sign up for Sling TV account. Choose the package that suits you from the 3 options. Sling Orange and Sling Blue offer different channels. Sling Orange has 29 channels. Their premier networks are ESPN, HGTV, Disney and History channel. Sling blue has over 40 channels. It features Fox Sports, NBC Sports Network and local broadcasts for NBC and Fox. Sling Blue + Orange has 48 channels.
Step 2: logging in to the account
You only need your email and password to log in.
Step 3: Account settings
Go to account settings then to ‘my account’. You will see PPV event banner indicating ‘Sling Pay-Per-View on bottom right. Click on it.
Step 4: paying
Select PPV event you want the select purchase on the payment page.
Step 5: locating the new PPV channel
Once you have paid, a new channel will be added to your channel lineup. If it is not visible in the Sling TV app, try to reset and log in again.
UFC 230 Pay-Per-View
UFC provides their own cord-cutting, Pay-Per-View service on UFC.tv. Events change over time and some may not be available for purchase at times.
You can also access UFC’s Fight Pass streaming service. Unfortunately, Fight Pass subscription won’t grant access to Pay-Per-View events.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video offers UFC 230 PPV matches. Get an Amazon Prime Video account then purchase access to events via Amazon channels features. Just search the event you want then click on it to purchase access.
You sign up for WWE Network at $9.99 a month with 1-month free trial. With this, you can access all WWE events including Pay-Per-View events.
Sling TV is the only cord-cutting TV service with a legit UFC 230 Pay-Per-View service but there are other options.
DAZN (pronounced “Da Zone”)
This is a sports streaming service. It started in UK but has gone to other European countries, Japan, Canada and US. DAZN offers streamlined approach to Pay-Per-View.
Their goal is to provide low monthly subscription model offering PPV events without paying for each event. This will fix challenges of PPV model in the US.
The first fight after DAZN launch was Alexander Povetkin v. Anthony Joshua. It would have cost $20 to access in the US and $25 in the UK via normal PPV. Compare that to DAZN which is just $9.99 per month.
You can access many boxing matches on Showtime via any cord-cutting service that has Showtime available.
Showtime is therefore better than HBO which does not offer access to HBO boxing service without a cable provider. You need to pay extra fee for Showtime as an add-on channel because it is not offered by any of the cord-cutting streaming services. Most of them will let you have it at the same cost ($10.99 a month).
Showtime is available as add-on channel in: Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, fuboTV, DirecTV Now, Amazon Prime Video, and PlayStation Vue.
Is it possible to watch HBO Boxing matches without a cable?
The answer is yes and no. You can if you have subscribed to HBO via cord-cutting service that provides it. All cord-cutting services offering Showtime also offer HBO. Also, you can subscribe to HBO standalone streaming service to access HBO Boxing. However, you must have a traditional cable TV service to order for HBO PPV events. Without it you can’t get events live. The only exception is Sling TV.
Why is it difficult to stream UFC 230 without a cable?
In the US, Pay-Per-View is challenging to stream ufc 230 without a cable; it is still a headache even with cable subscription.
Promoters need to sign deals for every matchup. A boxing match go through a negotiation process involving promoters of the 2 fighters to agree on where and when to hold the match. They also agree on who will broadcast the match. Sometimes, they agree at the last minute or even there is cancellations.
Secondly, Pay-Per-View model is a bit complicated in US and has been that way for some time. It is still difficult to access Pay-Per-View services without a cable.
DAZN is likely to turn around the current boxing system, MMA, and combat sport fans.