Cord Cutter Guide to Watching the 2017 Masters

The 2017 Masters Tournament is here, and as always, it is a big deal for golf fans. It’s the first major tournament of four in the season. The winner of this tournament could go for a Grand Slam and win all the other tournaments. You just never know what will happen, but you know it all starts with this tournament. The Masters tournament is always some of the most entertaining moments of golf and for fans, there is no better time to watch!

If you’re here, I am going to assume that it has something to do with you having cut the cord. While choices don’t have to be limited once you’ve ditched cable, you just have to make sure that you’re aware of where to watch the shows you want. With the Masters Tournament, you can watch much of it with your digital antenna.

There are four rounds to the Masters Tournament. Rounds 1 and 2 require ESPN, but rounds 3 and 4 can be watched with your digital TV antenna on CBS. So, with the second half of the Masters Tournament you shouldn’t have to do more than set your antenna to CBS and watch!

If you want to watch the first two rounds TV coverage, you need ESPN or The Masters app, though the app requires a cable login to watch the live broadcasts. The app is a great way to watch some of the other coverage though, including highlights. And if you venture to Masters.com, you can stream featured groups, players on the driving range, plus a select few special holes to supplement your TV coverage. These streams are active for the whole tournament and fortunately do not require a cable login to enjoy.

When and Where to Watch Each Round of the 2017 Masters

Round 1: Thursday, April 6

  • Live Stream: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. ET on CBSSports.com
  • TV Coverage: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Round 2: Friday, April 7

  • Live Stream: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. ET on CBSSports.com
  • TV Coverage: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Round 3: Saturday, April 8

  • Live Stream: 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. ET on CBSSports.com
  • TV Coverage: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET on CBS

Round 4: Sunday, April 9

  • Live Stream: 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. ET on CBSSports.com
  • TV Coverage: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET on CBS

Ways to Watch Rounds 1 & 2 on ESPN

Sling TV

ESPN is available in Sling TV’s $20 package. This package offers ESPN and ESPN2, along with 30 other channels. There is no DVR option, like some of the other streaming services, but they do have a limited on-demand library that offers some previously aired content. You can stream the Masters Tournament on Sling TV with all the most popular streaming devices from Xbox One to your phone. Sling TV offers a free one-week trial upon signup, so it’s a good way to watch the Masters Tournament online for free!

DIRECTV NOW

ESPN is available in DIRECTV NOW’s $35/month Live a Little package. Like with Sling TV, you’ll get a free trial, so you shouldn’t have to pay to watch the Masters tournament. This package includes 60 channels and many of them beyond ESPN are sports or local channels. DIRECTV NOW will work on many streaming devices including your phone, tablet, Chromecast, and Apple TV. Roku service is not available.

PlayStation Vue

To watch ESPN with PlayStation Vue, you’ll need the $30 Access Slim package. A free trial is available, though it’s 5-days, not a full week. ESPN is one of the 45 channels in the package you’ll need. Along with it is additional ESPN channels, FS1, and other sports channels. One thing that sets Vue apart is that they offer a cloud-based DVR. You’ll be able to record the Masters tournament and watch it for up to 28-days. You can watch Vue on PS3/PS4, Roku, Chromecast, and iOS. That said, they do have mobile restrictions that block viewing outside of your home.

Watching the Masters Tournament is simple if you pair your digital antenna with a streaming service to get complete TV coverage you need. And if you’re a golf fanatic who wants even more, check out the details on how you can stream featured groups and other special coverage online.

Chris Brantner

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Chris Brantner is on a mission – to show people just how easy it is to cut the cord and get rid of cable. His website, CutCableToday.com, offers an easy-to-understand, step-by-step guide for getting rid of cable once and for all. His cord cutting expertise has been featured in the likes of USA Today, Fortune Magazine, and Engadget.

Chris Brantner is on a mission – to show people just how easy it is to cut the cord and get rid of cable. His website, CutCableToday.com, offers an easy-to-understand, step-by-step guide for getting rid of cable once and for all. His cord cutting expertise has been featured in the likes of USA Today, Fortune Magazine, and Engadget.

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