Update: Sling TV just announced the addition of NBCSN to their Sling Blue package, making it the cheapest way to watch the Tour de France 2016 online. Watch free here for 7 days.
The 2016 Tour de France began on July 2 and will last through July 24. Starting in Mont Saint-Michael, the 103rd Tour will end in a sprint on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France. If you want to catch all the action, you’ll be happy to know there’s really no need for a cable subscription, as you can watch Tour de France online coverage pretty easily.
In past years it’s been difficult to watch the Tour de France 2016 if you didn’t have cable, but that’s no longer the case. Today, various streaming services make it much easy to watch this exciting race online. Below you’ll find detailed information on how to find a legal Tour de France 2016 live stream so you don’t miss a single stage of the sport’s most historic event.
Sling TV Offers Cheapest Way to Watch Tour de France Live Stream
Sling TV (review) now offers the most affordable and most convenient way to watch the Tour de France online without cable. The live streaming service offers a bundle of popular pay TV channels streaming over your internet connection at a fraction of the price of cable and with no contract. Their offering includes NBCSN which will be offering live daily coverage of the race. The service also offers local NBC networks in select markets throughout the US; however, the channel will provide coverage for one stage of the tournament.
You can watch Sling TV on your television (using a streaming player, including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, and more), iOS and Android phones and tablets, or your computer. NBCSN is available in the base package called Sling Blue which is just $25 a month with no contract. However, you can try it free for 7 days to test out the service, a great way to watch the Tour de France live streaming free.
If you don’t have a streaming player for your TV, Sling TV regularly runs great offers, such as a free Roku 2 or heavily discounted Apple TV when you sign up for 3 months. Click here to see the latest Roku offers and Apple TV offers from Sling TV.
Watch the Tour de France 2016 Online with PlayStation Vue
PlayStation Vue currently presents the best way to stream Tour de France online, because it includes NBCSN in its main channel packages. NBCSN will cover the entire Tour de France from start to finish. Read our Vue review to learn more about the service.
PlayStation Vue is a service that allows you to watch more than 50 hit TV channels for a low cost of $30 a month. There’s no contract to sign, and you can use it from many different devices. Right now, Vue is compatible with PlayStation devices, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, iOS devices, and Chromecast. However, please note that mobile viewing is restricted.
There is currently a free 7-day trial of this service available, which you can use to access Tour de France live streaming free for a week.
Use the Tour de France Live Stream Service from NBC Sports
NBC has exclusive rights to broadcast the Tour de France in the United States. Most of their live coverage is on their NBC Sports network. NBC offers a special subscription service that lets internet users see detailed race coverage online. For just $30, you get Tour de France Live Stream coverage in HD for all stages of the race–no cable subscription required. This includes analysis, highlights, and interviews. You can even pause and rewind coverage so that you don’t miss a thing. However, it’s important to note that these live features are only available in the US.
Not only can you watch the Tour de France online with the NBCSN streaming service, but you also gain access to a few other really cool features. For example, there is a live interactive map that allows you to track the progress of various riders along each stage. You can also get individual standings, as well as team standings, to make sure you know who is in the lead and where your favorites stand in the rankings. Want to watch replays? Those are available on demand too.
With so many options available, it’s clear that NBCSN’s Tour de France live streaming package is well worth the $30. If you’re interested in signing up. you can do so here.
Can I Watch the Tour de France Live with an Antenna?
NBC is a broadcast television network, which means most people can get it for free with an antenna. However, the NBC Sports Network is only available with a cable subscription or PlayStation Vue. That being said, on Saturday, July 9th, NBC with be broadcasting Stage 8 of the Tour on their main, over-the-air network. That means if you have a good antenna (the Mohu Leaf 50 is my top recommendation), you can catch all the stage 8 coverage on your TV. You can also use a good DVR to record the stage and watch later.
Can I Stream Tour de France from Outside the US?
Yes, but it’s a bit more tricky. The options above are only for US residents, but if you live outside the US, you can use a VPN to change your IP address. This will allow you to watch either on a French station (for free), on NBCSN (for a fee), on the BBC iPlayer, or several other options. Learn more here.
Tour de France Live Stream Schedule
Want to make sure you don’t miss any of the action? See the complete schedule below. *Note: All stages are broadcast by NBCSN, with the exception of Stage 8 which will be hosted by NBC.
More Tour de France information can be found over at Cycling News.
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