2018 Masters Golf Tournament: Live Stream All the Coverage on Apple TV

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Ah Spring, that promising time of year when a golf fan’s fancy turns towards Augusta, Georgia, and the Masters Tournament. Yes, it’s Masters week again at last and this year promises to keep us on the edge of our seats. To catch all the action, we’ll need to figure out how to stream the 2018 Masters Tournament on our Apple TVs. Broadcast rights for the tournament are split between CBS and ESPN, the Golf Channel and CBS Sports are offering previews and commentary, and DirecTV is offering a live broadcast from Amen Corner, as well as the 15th and 16th holes. With so many broadcasters offering so much Masters content, we have our work cut out for us to figure out which streaming providers and over-the-air antenna will offer the best live coverage for free, or at the lowest price possible. Let’s get started learning how to live stream the 2018 Masters Tournament on Apple TV. 

Related: 15 Best Golf Apps for Apple Watch & iPhone

Masters Tournament Schedule 2018 

The Masters Tournament begins on Monday, April 2nd and includes three pre-tournament days, Monday through Wednesday. Thursday, April 5th begins Round 1, Friday Round 2, Saturday Round 3, and Sunday brings Round 4 and the conclusion of the tournament with the Green Jacket Ceremony. Have a look at the Masters Tournament Schedule to decide which events you’d really like to catch live. 

How to Stream the 2018 Masters Live on Your Apple TV without Cable

AirPlay the Masters Tournament App Live Broadcast to Your Apple TV

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPlay to Apple TV.

Cost: Free.

Pros: comprehensive coverage plus stats and analysis.

Con: Many users complain the Leaderboard is slow to update.

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There’s an app for just about everything these days, the Masters Tournament included. If you download the free Masters Tournament app to your Apple TV, you can use AirPlay to stream a live simulcast of broadcast coverage for Round 1, 2, 3, and 4! Now that’s just pretty darn cool. As well as free live coverage, the Masters Tournament app offers a Featured Group Channel that follows popular players, a My Moments channel that is personalized based on your favorite competitors, a picture-in-picture feature so you can browse the app without missing crucial shots, and much, much more. If you need a bit of help to AirPlay the Masters Tournament app to your Apple TV, follow this tip.

AirPlay the Masters Tournament Coverage from the Watch ESPN App 

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, AirPlay to Apple TV.

Cost: Free.

Pros: Comprehensive coverage plus stats and analysis.

Con: Many users complain about freezing and buffering.

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All of the ESPN Masters coverage is free to AirPlay and live stream to your Apple TV with the WatchESPN app. This means that you can get rounds one and two for free, plus commentary and stats. Yay! For some viewers, the WatchESPN app provides a smooth viewing experience, but others complain about glitchiness and buffering. Try the app out beforehand to make sure you don’t miss any of the Masters action.

Check With Your Cellphone Provider About ESPN Streaming

It’s worth checking in with your cellphone provider to see if it offers a package that streams ESPN to your iPhone, which you can then push to your Apple TV with AirPlay. AT&T has consolidated with DirecTV, so streaming from DirecTV Now (which includes ESPN) is included in your data plan. Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon also offer an ESPN package, and there are various add-ons available, such as T-Mobile’s Binge-On, which includes unlimited data overages for multiple popular networks including ESPN. If your cellphone provider offers an ESPN option, it’s an excellent complement to the Masters Tournament app and another free method for Masters Tournament streaming.

Watch the 2018 Masters Tournament on OTA TV

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OTA stands for over the air, in other words, an antenna! Yes, it’s true, you can legally pick up locally broadcasted channels and stream them to your Apple TV with an antenna. While you might be envisioning the old-fashioned version that looks like a laundry rack attached to your roof, there are now lots of OTA options that stay right inside your house. Some can boost signals, as well, which is really helpful if you live in a rural area. There are lots of choices, so look into whether CBS is broadcast in your area, or could be picked up with an antenna that features signal boosting. If you can pick up CBS with your OTA antenna, you’ll be able to catch all of the Round 3 and Round 4 tournament coverage, including the Green Jacket Ceremony. Some OTA buying options include AirTVHD HomeRun, and Mohu, but there are lots more out there!

Stream the 2018 Masters with fuboTV

Compatibility: fourth-generation Apple TV.

Cost: $ 19.99 a month for the first two months, $ 44.99 a month after that.

Pros: Seven day free trial period with no commitment, then a two-month special reduced price. 

Con: Channel availability varies by region.

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FuboTV is a TV-streaming service with a heavy focus on live sports. The basic package, fubo Premier, offers more than 70 channels of content and in my area includes CBS and CBS Sports. This is great if you only want to watch Round 3 and 4; but if you were hoping to catch all of the Masters Tournament on one streaming service, Fubo won’t work because it doesn’t include ESPN. 

For $ 8.99 more a month FuboTV will give you Sports Plus, 16 channels of sports content ranging from the mainstream to the extremely obscure, but even this extra doesn’t include ESPN.

To sign up for FuboTV and find the Apple TV app, click here.

Masters 2018 Streaming on DirecTV Now

Compatibility: fourth-generation Apple TV .

Cost: $ 35 per month.

Pros: First three months for $ 10 a month. Streaming included for AT+T Wireless Customers.
 
Cons: Some tournament access blocked for smartphones.

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DirecTV Now is DirecTV’s streaming offering, and I was super excited to find that its lowest cost plan includes CBS and ESPN! Then I looked at the small print to the right of each channel and noticed small boxes indicating “Live,” “Vod” or both. Live is pretty obvious, live streaming is available, but “vod?” That stands for video on demand, and if only vod is offered, you won’t be able to live stream games from that network. Check with DirecTV Now to make sure that live, not vod, CBS is included in your area. If you decide to go with this option, here’s a tutorial on how to set up DirecTV Now on your Apple TV.
 

Stream Masters Live Coverage With Sling TV 

Compatibility: fourth-generation Apple TV.

Cost: Sling TV Orange Plan, $ 20 per month, Blue Plan, $ 25 per month, Orange and Blue, $ 40 per month.

Pros: Seven day free trial period with no commitment.

Con: Channel availability varies by region.

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Sling TV is an a la carte, streaming tv service that allows viewers to pay far less than a cable subscription would cost. Customers can choose Sling Orange, Sling Blue, or both. As an added bonus, Sling offers a Cloud DVR option for $ 5 a month.  This way you can record the Masters Tournament rounds and watch them later if you have work or family plans to accommodate. Offerings vary from region to region; make sure ESPN is available in your area. Unfortunately, CBS is not available through Sling, so you’ll only be able to catch Round 1 and 2 with this service.

Here’s a step-by-step instructional to help you find and install the Sling TV app on your Apple TV. 

Stream the 2018 Masters Tournament on Apple TV with PlayStation Vue

Compatability: fourth-generation Apple TV running tvOS 10.0 and up.

Cost: Five-day free trial, then $ 39.99 per month.

Pros: Stream on up to five devices at once.

Cons: Some channels are restricted outside of your home network, not all games are available to view on your iPhone.

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You don’t need a PlayStation to subscribe to PlayStation Vue, a live-streaming TV service that includes cloud DVR and the ability to stream on five devices at once. The least expensive package, Access, includes ESPN and rings in at $ 39.99 a month. In theory, CBS should be available if you live in the right service area since local broadcast channels are included—check with PlayStation Vue to be sure.

Click here to learn all about setting PlayStation Vue up on your Apple TV.

Watch the Masters Stream with Hulu Live on your Apple TV

Compatability: fourth-generation Apple TV.

Cost: seven-day free trial, then $ 39.99 a month.

Pros: Watch on two devices at once.

Cons: Beta version.

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Hulu has make the jump and joins the live-streaming tv game with their Hulu Live offering, which includes access to the entire Hulu streaming library. If you live in the right area, $ 39.99 a month will get you ESPN, CBS, and even CBS Sports. The entire Masters Tournament, one live streaming service. A few cautions, though, Hulu warns right up front that this is a beta version and therefore subject to bugs and hiccups, so if you want to ensure the smoothest possible streaming of the Masters, this could be slightly risky. As well, Hulu customers have complained about commercials with adult themes before, during, and after family and sports content, so if you’re watching the tournament with kids, Hulu might not be the best choice for your family.

If you live in an area where Hulu Live provides ESPN, CBS, and CBS Sports, you can learn how to set it up on your Apple TV here

 

I hope that one of these options will help you live stream the Masters to your Apple TV. Enjoy the tournament!

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