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How to Watch the Louisville Cardinals Online without Cable

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The Louisville Cardinals have a proud tradition of excellence in athletics. Both their football and basketball teams are widely followed. And you can watch these and various other Cardinals sporting events on TV — all without cable.

In a hurry? If you just want to start watching the Cardinals, these streaming services provide all you need to watch most games:

  • FuboTV: Gives you 100+ channels including the network affiliates and 35+ sports stations. See if it’s right for you with a free 7-day trial!
  • Hulu + Live TV: Outstanding on-demand library combined with 85+ live channels including all you need to enjoy the Cardinals. Try it free for 7 days!
  • Sling TV: This low-cost streaming service will get you most games — even more if you integrate a free antenna. Try the first month for $10!

Currently a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Louisville has also played in the Big East, the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), and Conference USA throughout its history.

The Cardinals last won a conference title in football in 2012 as a member of the Big East. In 1986, the Louisville men’s basketball team won the last of the school’s two national championships. The Cardinals were forced to vacate their 2013 championship due to inappropriate behavior by head coach Rick Pitino.

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Where to Watch the Louisville Cardinals

The Louisville Cardinals football games are most often shown on ACC Network (ACCN). But they are also featured on ESPN and its sister channels.

Basketball games are shown on more or less the same channels. But they are more commonly found on ACC Network Extra (ACCNX). And games can be found on other channels like CBS Sports Network (CBSSN) or Fox Sports 1 (FS1).

2021 Louisville Football Schedule

  • Sat Sep 6: Louisville vs Ole Miss (ESPN)
  • Sat Sep 11: Eastern Kentucky at Louisville (ACCNX)
  • Sat Sep 17: UCF at Louisville (ESPN)
  • Sat Sep 25: Louisville at Florida State (ESPN2)
  • Sat Oct 2: Louisville at Wake Forest (ESPN3)
  • Sat Oct 9: Virginia at Louisville (ACCN)
  • Sat Oct 23: Boston College at Louisville (ACCN)
  • Sat Oct 30: Louisville at NC State (ACCN)
  • Sat Nov 6: Clemson at Louisville (ACCN)
  • Sat Nov 13: Syracuse at Louisville (ESPN3)
  • Thu Nov 18: Louisville at Duke (ESPN)
  • Sat Nov 27: Kentucky at Louisville

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How to Stream Louisville Cardinal Games

There are a lot of options for watching Louisville without cable or satellite.

Hulu + Live TV

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Starting at $64.99, Hulu + Live TV provides 85+ channels including ABC, Fox, and other broadcast networks that Louisville will likely appear on.

Furthermore, you’ll have access to sports channels like ESPN and FS1. And most importantly you get ACCN as part of the service’s base package. (You get ACCNX with your subscription through the ESPN app.)

Hulu + Live TV comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR and the ability to stream on up to two devices/TVs at the same time.

For more information, see our Hulu + Live TV review.

FuboTV

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The FuboTV Starter package is $64.99 per month for 100+ channels. This comes with CBS, ABC, and Fox. It also comes with ESPN, CBSSN, and FS1, which means that you’ll be able to watch all of the games that are broadcast to a national cable audience.

If you want ACCN, you need to upgrade with the Fubo Extra ($7.99/mo) or Sports Plus ($10.99/mo) add-ons.

All FuboTV plans come with 250 hours of cloud DVR storage and the ability to stream on up to 3 devices at once. Our FuboTV review has all the details.

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FuboTV offers complete access to NFL and college football coverage.

Sling TV

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Sling Orange is $35/mo and comes with ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3. If you add Sports Extra for $11/mo, you will also get ACCN and ACCNX right in the Sling app. This will allow you to see all the regular season football games and most of the basketball games as well.

If you want ABC and CBS, you can do so by setting up an indoor antenna. Sling allows you to access these channels right in its app. In fact, if you purchase at least two months of Sling, they will throw in a free antenna.

See our Sling TV review for more information.

Vidgo

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The Vidgo base service plan starts at $55 per month and offers all of the channels that you’ll need to watch all the Cardinals football games. You’ll also be able to watch most men’s and women’s basketball games. And with the money you save, you can get a Paramount+ subscription to get the games on CBS.

One downside of Vidgo is that it doesn’t come with a cloud DVR. It does, however, allow you to stream on up to three devices simultaneously.

Check out our Vidgo review for more.

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Vidgo showing ACC Network.

DIRECTV STREAM

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DIRECTV STREAM provides roughly 80 channels for $69.99/mo. This includes all your local channels as well as the big sports channels ESPN and FS1.

If you want ACCN, you will need to upgrade to the Choice package ($84.99/mo), which also includes SEC Network, Big Ten Network (BTN) and ESPNU. It also provides access to DIRECTV STREAM’s fantastic regional sports networks (RSNs) collection.

You only get 20 hours of cloud DVR storage with DIRECTV STREAM but you can upgrade this to unlimited for $10/mo. And it provides an outstanding 20 simultaneous devices to stream on.

Read our DIRECTV STREAM review for more.

Other Options

Louisville Cardinal games that are not considered to be marquee events will often be available to stream on ESPN+. It is available alone for $6.99/mo. But it may be better to get the Hulu, Disney+, ESPN+ bundle for just $13.99/mo.

Other options include:

  • YouTube TV: provides a general streaming service for $64.99/mo that is similar to Hulu + Live TV.
  • ESPN App: You need a streaming service subscription to use this, but it can be convenient. Also, if ACCNX isn’t included in your streaming service, you can watch it here.

Watching Auburn Tigers Football on Streaming Devices and TVs

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Android phone running Sling TV app with ACC Network and substations.

These streaming services most likely support whatever devices you already own.

All the services support the common “stick” devices Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku. And that goes for Android and iOS mobile devices. Finally, you can use Chromecast to cast from mobile devices and web browsers to your TV.

All the services (other than Vidgo) support Samsung smart TVs. LG and Vizio smart TVs are supported by Hulu, Sling, and FuboTV. FuboTV supports Hisense smart TVs. And all the services (other than DIRECTV STREAM) support Android TV-based devices.

Hulu, Sling, and FuboTV all support the Xbox One. Hulu also supports the PlayStation. And Sling TV supports the Oculus.

Our individual reviews have all the details about supported devices.

Wrapping Up

Whether you went to the University of Louisville, are a Louisville native who follows the team, or simply enjoy ACC sports, it won’t be hard to watch the Cardinals on television.

They appear on a variety of channels that most streaming services offer as part of their base package or as part of an affordable upgrade to a base package.

FAQs

Who are some of Louisville’s most famous student-athletes?

Lamar Jackson played quarterback for the school until 2016 and was chosen in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. He is currently the quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens. Johnny Unitas played for the school during the 1950s and is the only player in Louisville football history to have his number retired. Finally, NBA stars Donovan Mitchell and Ray Spalding also attended the University of Louisville.

Who are Louisville’s biggest rivals?

Throughout its history, Louisville’s biggest rival has been the University of Kentucky. The two schools often play each other in football and basketball each year, and the games are generally close contests despite the fact that the two schools aren’t always evenly matched. In most years, the Kentucky basketball team is superior to the Louisville basketball team while the Louisville football team tends to outclass Kentucky’s football team.

Where does Louisville play its home games?

The Louisville Cardinals basketball team plays its home games on Denny Crum Court at the KFC Yum! Center. It shares the stadium with the volleyball team, which is almost always one of the best in the country. In fact, Louisville volleyball won the school’s first-ever ACC title in any sport in 2015. The school plays its football games at Cardinal Stadium, which can hold more than 60,000 fans when at full capacity.

How can I watch football and basketball with other team?

Read our college football and college bowl games guides. And if you are looking for a particular team, see these:

Similarly, read our college basketball and March Madness guides. If you are looking for particular basketball teams, see these:

You don’t need cable to watch sports online! Hopefully, this shows you how easy it is to watch college basketball online and even March Madness, but if you have any questions you can let us know in the comments!

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