Attempting to DVR a game and get home to see it without finding out what happened is basically impossible. With Twitter, Facebook and mean-spirited friends, you’d basically have to seclude yourself from the world to make it back to your couch uninformed. Your best option is to watch the game on your phone while you’re out and about, and here are the best ways to do that.
1. Slingbox PRO-HD & SlingPlayer
The first and best way to watch live sports on your phone is with Slingbox. By hooking up a Slingbox, not only will you be able to catch some sporting events when you’re on the go, but you can actually pause and rewind live TV. Perfect for watching that highlight reel catch over and over again, or if you’re an Astros fan, a hilariously awful play.
While you won’t have the vast station options that Slingbox can offer, Aereo does have one thing up on the aforementioned device: No device is needed. Simply pick a plan that works best for you (as low as $8/month) and you’ll enjoy some tube time with your iPhone, other cell or tablet. Not having ESPN hurts, but if the game happens to be on a major network, you’re golden (plus you’ll get all the intensely-announce soccer action on Telemundo).
3. Watch ESPN App
Depending upon your cable and internet provider, this free download is a no-brainer. While it is still a bit buggy, when it works, it provides you with live sports at the fabulous price of free.
4. AT&T U-verse Live TV
Not only are you getting ESPN on your Android device, but you’re getting NBC Sports as well to keep you fairly well covered. Just keep in mind, you’ll be paying a monthly fee for something that can at times be glitchy. Still, it’s better than trying to hightail it out of the office to catch the Yankee day game at home.
If your sport of choice isn’t something ESPN shows on a regular basis, TVUPlayer might be a good option. They don’t offer the most US stations, but they have plenty of live feeds from overseas so you can catch a cricket match or two.
6. DISH Remote Access
If you have DISH Network, you should clearly download this app. Whether you’ve got an iPhone, iPad or Android device, if you’re paying for DISH Network at home, this is a must have free app to take it all on the go.
Is there something better out there? Let us know so we can check it out and stop worrying about getting home to our DVR.
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Mike Newman is the Managing Editor of CoolMaterial.com. The men’s lifestyle blog is dedicated to finding the latest and greatest gadgets and gear before anyone else. When not writing and searching out new and awesome stuff, Mike hosts a radio show on WPST in Philadelphia and New Jersey and spends lots of time seeking out great food. You can follow him on twitter @therealnewman.