There has long been confusion over the difference between the Fox Sports and Fox Sports Go apps. Both used to give you access to the exact same content. But, after two different sales — one to Disney and another to Sinclair — Fox’s sports coverage was split in two, leaving the apps with entirely different coverage.
Now, the Fox Sports app provides streaming of national Fox Sports channels, including Big Ten Network (BTN), Fox Sports 1, and Fox Sports 2. The Fox Sports Go app only offers content from the channel’s regional networks, including college sports.
Many sports fans tend to download both apps to avoid missing out on any major games. And, with a whole host of streaming services working in conjunction with the apps, you don’t even have to pay for cable to enjoy everything they have to offer.
Fox Sports vs. Fox Sports Go at a glance
Before we dive into the nitty-gritty details, here’s a brief overview of what to expect from each Fox Sports app:
|Fox Sports||Fox Sports Go|
|Watch games offline||No||No|
|FOX, FS1, FS2, Deportes, and BTN||Yes||No|
|Live sports streaming available?||Yes||Yes|
|Other sports content||Yes||Yes|
Fox Sports content vs. Fox Sports Go content
What you can watch and the features you can play around with differ from app to app. From available sports to personalization options, here’s everything you need to know about each app’s content.
For anything shown on FS1, FS2, Deportes, or BTN, head straight to the Fox Sports app. Live events from the worlds of WWE, NFL, NASCAR, boxing, basketball, and more can all be found there. Plus, you’ll be able to watch sports-focused debate shows, listen to game commentary, and soak up everything related to college sports.
Fox Sports allows you to personalize the app in several ways. Selecting your favorite teams will push related news and events to the top of the screen. You can also choose to receive score updates and other important stats to stay on top of events.
You can access the Fox Sports app via the following devices:
- Android devices
- Apple TV
- Fire TV
- Google Chromecast
- iOS devices
Fox Sports Go
Anything you’ll find on Fox’s regional sports networks, you’ll find on the Fox Sports Go app. This includes live streams of MLB, NBA, and NHL games along with college football, soccer, baseball, and basketball. The app also features plenty of other sports-related programming, such as pre- and post-game coverage and documentaries. (Note: some regional teams may not be shown.)
If you’ve missed an important game and want to watch it, you can do so via the Replays section. There’s also a Highlights category, which will show the best bits of any event if you don’t have time to watch the full thing.
Certain videos can be paused, fast-forwarded, and rewound. You also have the option of watching a live stream from the very beginning.
The following devices are compatible with Fox Sports Go:
- Android devices
- Apple Mac
- Apple TV
- Google Chromecast
- iOS devices
- Internet Explorer
- Microsoft Edge
- Windows PCs and tablets
- Xbox One
How to get Fox Sports and Fox Sports Go
The Fox Sports and Fox Sports go apps are free to use, but you’ll need to have a TV provider to access them. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean splashing out for cable. Instead, consider subscribing to one of the following live TV streaming services: AT&T TV Now, fuboTV, Hulu, or Sling TV. To help make a decision, you can start a free seven-day trial with each.
AT&T TV Now
If you’re looking for a huge channel selection on top of sports content, AT&T TV Now could be the service for you. Its most affordable package, Plus, lets you watch over 45 channels for $65/mo. The $80/mo. Max plan, however, has more sports networks to enjoy with 60+ channels. You can even up your channel total to 125 with the Ultimate package, which costs $135/mo.
With so many games and so little time, you may as well embrace the service’s 500 hours of cloud DVR storage. And when the rest of the family doesn’t want to cheer on your team, they can watch their own shows thanks to three simultaneous streams.
fuboTV is one of the most popular streaming services for mega sports fans. Showing over 30,000 events live each year, its packages range from $54.99/mo. to $79.99/mo. Several sports add-ons are also available, giving you the chance to access NBA League Pass and NFL RedZone for an extra monthly fee.
Pick a cheaper package, and you can record up to 30 hours of content and stream games on 2 devices at the same time. For a bit extra, you can increase this to 500 hours of storage and 3 simultaneous streams.
The difference between Hulu’s on-demand catalog and live TV experience is just $1, so you might as well opt for the service’s live TV package. Costing $54.99/mo., it houses more than 60 channels and extensive on-demand shows and movies. Sports-wise, you’ll be able to watch MLB, NBA, NHL games as well as anything that can be found on the likes of CBS and ESPN.
The service throws in 50 hours of cloud DVR storage and 2 simultaneous streams with any Hulu + Live TV plan. You can purchase unlimited streams and up to 200 hours of recording space for a bit extra.
Sling TV has three packages to choose from, with plenty of sports content to view. The separate Orange and Blue plans cost $30/mo. with Orange giving you access to around 30 channels and Blue providing 50 channels. (Certain networks like ESPN aren’t available for Blue subscribers.) You can also combine the two packages for $45/mo. There are also several sports add-ons to choose from, including NFL RedZone.
You’ll only be able to record 10 hours’ worth of games, but you can upgrade to 50 hours for a fee. Orange subscribers will also only be able to watch one show or game at a time, but Blue users can view three simultaneous streams.
The final cut
Whether you’re a lover of one sport in particular or the ultimate sports fan, the combination of Fox Sports and Fox Sports Go is a winning option. Both are available on AT&T TV Now, Sling TV, fuboTV, and Hulu. Only time will tell if you end up preferring one app over the other, or can’t bear to live without both.
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