The Masters Tournament is one of the greatest weekends in golf each year. It is the first golf major of the season and really acts as a kick start to the exciting PGA Tour season. When is the Masters? It unofficially starts on April 6th with the Par-3 Tournament and the real tournament gets underway on Thursday, April 7th. Read our guide below to learn more about when The Masters 2016 is airing on certain channels and how you can watch the whole tournament without cable.
Watch The First Two Days of The Masters 2016 With Sling TV
Sling TV, a service offering live streams of popular cable TV channels, will likely be the best way to watch The Masters online for at least half of the tournament. This is because ESPN is included in the basic package for Sling TV and owns broadcast rights for The Masters. Now, you may be wondering when is The Masters broadcast on ESPN. The first two rounds on Thursday and Friday and the Par-3 Tournament on Wednesday will all air on ESPN.
When is The Masters 2016 broadcast on ESPN start? It normally begins at 3:00 p.m. ET and goes until about 7:30 p.m. ET. There are also replays that normally air for three hours after the broadcast is completed on ESPN as well. Learn more about watching ESPN online. Sling TV lets you watch all of this live streaming for only $20 per month. The basic package also includes channels like TBS, TNT, CNN, ESPN2, and AMC, so you can watch a ton more live TV other than The Masters.
If you want to learn more about Sling TV, check out our full review here. If you want to maybe watch The Masters online free or just stream TV free for a week, you can try Sling TV free with the 7-day free trial.
If you want to sign up now and watch The Masters online or directly on your TV, you should check out Sling TV’s limited-time offer. When you subscribe to 3 months of Sling TV you can choose between a Roku 2 absolutely free or a Roku 3 at half of the retail price. If you choose the Roku 2, not only can you watch Sling TV and The Masters on the big screen without cable, but you also get a crazy good deal. It retails at $70, so you basically get the Roku 2 for $10 off and Sling TV as a bonus on top of that for three months!
CBS All Access Lets you Watch The Masters Online During the Weekend Rounds
When The Masters 2016 hits the weekend rounds, you can turn to CBS’s standalone streaming service, CBS All Access. The service originally featured on-demand content, but not offers lvie streaming of CBS broadcasts in 126 markets around the U.S. The on-demand library includes popular new and older shows like NCIS, The Big Bang Theory, Star Trek, CSI, Cheers, and many more. The live stream of CBS will be huge to watch The Masters online on Saturday and Sunday, when the broadcast switches from ESPN to CBS.
You may be wondering when is The Masters on CBS the whole tournament and actually CBS All Access will let you keep up with each day’s action, even when the coverage is owned by ESPN. That’s because each night, CBS broadcasts a highlights shows around 11:30 p.m. ET. In addition, CBS’s coverage on Saturday will go from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET. On Sunday, the coverage starts at 2:00 p.m. ET and concludes at the end of the tournament.
CBS All Access (review) only costs $5.99 per month with no contract required. You can even test the service out for free with a 7-day free trial. This could be used to watch The Masters online free or to just test out CBS All Access prior to the beginning of the tournament.
Combine a DVR and Antenna to Record or Watch The Masters Live
When The Masters is airing on CBS, you can actually access the broadcast by using an antenna. The new age of antennas pick up broadcasts from channels like CBS, FOX, ABC, and NBC. DVRs, like our recommended option the Mohu Leaf 50, have impressive reception ranges now and can receive broadcasts within a 50-mile radius to be watched right on your TV.
A Tablo over-the-air DVR will improve this setup by not only bringing in the traditional DVR features (record, rewind, pause, etc..), but also letting you live stream The Masters 2016. The Tablo connects to the internet and lets you watch whatever your antenna is picking up live on your phone, tablet, or computer. You can even watch your recordings if you just want to watch The Masters online after they air.
PlayStation Vue Lets you Watch The Masters Online The Whole Tournament
PlayStation Vue definitely offers the best options in terms of watching the Masters online, since you can catch the entire tournament. But, there are some setbacks for PlayStation Vue that might not make it as viable an option. For one, the cost of PlayStation Vue is $29.99 per month with no contract, so it is a little more expensive than some of the options. You do get more though, over 55 popular cable channels live including CBS, TNT, TBS, ESPN, and ESPN2, so it may be worth it ultimately.
Up until recently, Vue was only available in select cities. Now, however, Sony has announced that the basic package is available nationwide. Read our full review on PlayStation Vue to learn more. Vue is a decent option for watching The Masters online, but it’s far from the only one.
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