I dropped the TV portion of my cable, and just use Xfinity for Internet now. So, I looked into other options for getting Big Ten games.
The good news is: There are many ways to get Big Ten games, and ALL of them are much better video quality than Xfinity Bay Area has with their terrible SD channel.
The bad news is that it's overly complicated, with pros and cons for each, and the Cloud DVR providers persist the 'upsell you to an expensive package to get the one channel you want' model. They're better than Xfinity, but I'm not crazy about that model.
DirecTV: You can get satellite anywhere, and it has good quality BTN. Of course, who wants to mess with a dish and get locked into another provider.
BTN2Go iPhone app: Works well if you have AppleTV to do Airplay streaming to your TV. But, requires a login to a TV provider to access.
BTN Plus app: This only carries the non-televised games, and is $10/month. At that price, it would be interesting if it gave access to ALL Big Ten games. With its limited coverage, seems like a bad option to me.
Fox Sports Go app: Many Big Ten games are now carried on Fox app. Fox has a native AppleTV app, so no Airplay needed. But, still requires a TV provider login.
Cloud DVR apps: Several good provider options: DirecTV, YouTube, PSN, Hulu, Fubo. These are good if you also want some other 'cable channels', like ESPN. All have BTN on one of the more expensive upsell tiers. I believe they are all monthly and could be cancelled out of season.
For me, the Cloud DVR was the best option. I'm currently testing Youtube TV, but I'll take advantage of the free trial periods on a few more options before committing to one. What I'm still hoping for is a Cloud DVR option with a la carte channel pricing.
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