Watch Tar Heels Basketball Games
There's plenty of ways to watch every North Carolina Tar Heels game including live stream directly to your phone, laptop or TV. Whether you're a casual fan who just wants to catch the biggest games like NC vs. Duke or a die-hard fan who frequents Chapel Hill, it's easy enough to get a cable package or streaming service that covers your needs.
While the Tar Heels air on numerous networks, they get the most coverage on their dedicated ACC Network, ESPN and all it's corresponding channels (ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU and ESPNews). Along with these, they also get coverage on CBS and FOX networks. You can also live stream UNC games via the ESPN app.
A good rule of thumb when you're trying to catch the most Tar Heels games is to make sure you have both the ACC Network and/or ESPN and it's channels. You may also decide to either choose one or the other, considering they both will air certain games for different situations. The other networks listed will only cover select games that aren't aired by either ACC Network or ESPN.
NC Games on ACC & ACCN Extra
The ACC network is owned by ESPN and is dedicated to all things ACC sports and news. Being that ESPN owns the network, a majority of Tar Heels home games will air on one of the two. Another plus to consider here is that since the networks are all under the ESPN umbrella, you don't have to go searching around for links and apps to watch the games. They are all provided through the WatchESPN website or the ESPN app. The same goes for ACCN Extra (ACCNX), that sometimes airs live Tar Heels games that aren't broadcast on TV.
You just have to make sure you already have the ACC Network or ESPN in some form or fashion to gain access to the coverage. Once you have the networks you can log into the app or website using your credentials.
Tar Heels Basketball on ESPN
It's fair to say that a solid majority of NC home games will air through ESPN. The reason being is that ESPN not only airs on it's main channel, but also airs games on ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU and ESPNnews. ESPN also owns the ACC Network and it's ACCN Extra streaming service. So if one network doesn't have the space available, it has plenty more options to get the game on the air. All of this combined makes it super easy for the network to be able to air Tar Heels home games.
So if you're wanting to catch as many NC games as possible and you're not right up the street from Dale F. Halton Arena, you're definitely going to want to make sure you get ESPN in your cable package. If you're like me and don't subscribe to a cable package, don't worry. There's other options for us cable cord cutters.
Once you have ESPN either through a cable package, satellite or cord-cutting option, you can then live stream any Tar Heels game through the WatchESPN or ESPN app after logging in with your info. The same goes for the ESPN app.
You can use the WatchESPN website on any web browser and the ESPN app works on any Android or iOS device, Roku, Amazon Fire, smart TVs, tablets, Chromecast, Playstation and XBOX.
NC Basketball on CBS & Fox Sports
Only select NC games will air on your local CBS station. The network isn't designed the same as say ESPN or ACC Network. It's more of a catch-all for many different games and conferences. That being said, the channel does like to air the most popular game they can get ahold of and NC games are among the top of that list. A plus here is that when a Tar Heels games does happen to air on CBS you will most likely already have the channel if you subscribe to a basic cable package.
Another plus here is that CBS can be picked up for free using an over-the-air digital antenna. No login or other information is required, just a quick trip to the store to grab an antenna.
You can also live stream Tar Heels games being aired on CBS directly through their CBSSports website or on their CBS Sports app. The website works on any web browser and the app works on all Android and iOS devices. You must first have CBS through a cable provider (not digital antenna) and log in with your info to gain access.
CBS All Access
Another option to consider if you don't go the cable or cord-cutting route is CBS All Access. This is CBS's live streaming service and it will air the games that CBS is able to broadcast on it's main channel. The app usually has a free 7-day trial period, after which is normally $5.99 a month (price can vary).
Tar Heels on Fox Sports
Fox Sports Networks is alot like CBS in the way it only airs select Tar Heels games. It will only air the game if it has the chance to pick it up, which is then only decided by popularity. The network is region dependent, which basically means you must live in the area to get access to it's regional coverage.
Although CBS and Fox Sports are good networks to have for keeping up with sports in general, given that they will only air select Tar Heels games every now and then don't make them a necessity if you're a big NC fan. Though they also come with most all basic cable packages, so no harm no foul. They could be the network that airs the best NC game of the year.
NC Basketball Apps & Links
UNC fans can keep up with everything Tar Heels related with their official website and app. The team pages have everything from highlights, team news, roster information, game info and interviews. The app gives you most of the same info for when you're out and about. Go Heels!