By Seung Lee slee bayareanewsgroup. But now, more than ever before, fans are turning to the internet to get their live sports fix on their computers, tablets or smartphones. But streaming technology has opened up new opportunities.
You will still need an internet connection, and if you want to stream directly on your TV, you'll need Google Chromecast, but there's a ton of promise here for such an early stage service.
Right out of the gate, YouTube TV offers 40 channels, as seen below, with an option to buy four more premium channels.
You also don't have to watch everything live, thanks to Google's cloud DVR service with unlimited storage, and you can have up to six accounts in one household. Without Chromecast, you can still watch on any computer or laptop which you can just hook up to your TV or on any Apple and Android device, such as your phone or a tablet.
Lower-priced cable packages from Xfinity, Fios and other providers make it nearly impossible to watch the Sixers, Flyers and Phillies at home if you're sticking to a budget.
The app's design is intuitive, arranging channels by topic instead of channel numbers and names.
There's also a search function that should eventually bring YouTube's strength to television: finding what you want to watch, even if you don't know exactly what that is before you search for it.