October 06, 2015

How Do You Find Live Sports on TV?: SportsFilter is looking into the possibility of adding TV schedules of sporting events that could be customized by users per sport, per team and other criteria. It would be helpful to know this: How do you find out when to watch your favorite sports and teams on the tube? If you use specific sites and apps for this, what are they?

posted by rcade to general at 08:02 PM - 7 comments

The goal is to add a sidebar that lists the day's sporting events for the teams you follow.

I've never found a good source for sports on TV that doesn't overwhelm me with events. I usually count on my DVR to automatically record the teams I follow closest. I also check SoccerAmerica for a listing of each day's soccer matches.

posted by rcade at 08:04 PM on October 06, 2015

I usually use the DirecTV channel guide for events within the next 24-48 hours. For longer term planning I use the search feature and search by the team name as a keyword. I might also use the league name as a keyword to find all games for that league. This is not the optimal method, but works OK for me.

The league and team web sites will have playing schedules, but usually do not have broadcast schedules. The network sites will have broadcast schedules, but I am not sure how long in advance they run.

I remember seeing a link here on SpoFi that led to a map showing what NFL game was being shown in various localities. Does anyone remember that one? When I traveled a lot it was really useful.

posted by Howard_T at 09:01 PM on October 06, 2015

I used to watch sports online because my cable service got so few channels. Finding live events was a bit of an adventure that was constantly changing.

I'd find a live stream from some sketchy source in eastern Europe or elsewhere with poor transmission quality or tiny screen size, or I'd get malicious website warning pop ups. And tons of online wagering ads.

Live stream online access has much less of a frontier feel to it now. I watched most of the 2014 World Cup on an old refurb laptop that didn't have a ton of other stuff running on it.

These days, I have more TV channels and I set the remote to "Guide" function and scroll through what's on, up to about channel 300. If I come across an event in progress that interests me, I check it out.

I don't have gear to record events with, and I don't plan my time around TV viewing, so it's whatever happens to be on when I have time to watch.

So a sidebar would be a huge plus that I would definitely use.

If there were listings for rebroadcasts, I would check those out as well. Sometimes MLS will replay the same match several times over the course of a few days.

posted by beaverboard at 09:24 PM on October 06, 2015

Howard, the site you're thinking of is likely 506sports.com

posted by Scottymac at 09:51 PM on October 06, 2015

MLS app is pretty good with broadcasts. For my other teams I usually use the team site.

All I really need is a reminder of what channel UniMas is on Fios.

posted by goddam at 10:03 PM on October 06, 2015

SBI Soccer usually has a good soccer on TV post on Thursday or Friday for the weekend and Tuesday for midweek (e.g., yesterday).

posted by billsaysthis at 09:59 AM on October 07, 2015

One thing I've wanted as a Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars fan is to know when they're on nationally. There was a list on either ESPN or MLB.Com I used to check, but I can't recall where it could be found.

posted by rcade at 10:15 AM on October 07, 2015

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