When the South Carolina Gamecocks kick off their season tomorrow, it won’t be aired on linear television — and with an increasingly fragmented streaming space with apps and services galore, it’s a little daunting to figure out how, exactly, you can watch them take on with Eastern Illinois.
Thankfully, it’s nowhere near the confusing disaster that trying to find literally any of the Olympics coverage was! The game is available on SEC Network+ and ESPN+. Crucially, if you have a cable/satellite/streaming TV provider that includes the SEC Network in its package, you actually don’t have to sign up for ESPN+; logging into ESPN’s streaming app with your provider credentials (on your Roku, PlayStation, whichever) will get you access to the game.
If you’re a cord-cutter who doesn’t have access to SEC Network (and lack a kind friend to lend you a login), ESPN+ will run you $6.99 a month (or just, you know, this one time) and you can sign up for it here. It’s not a bad idea to keep it around, because a lot of early-season college baseball, as well as some non-conference college basketball, winds up on ESPN+ broadcasts.
As a final note, it’s my understanding that the satellite services — Dish and DirecTV — won’t have the game on their SEC Network alternate channels, which is something they’ve done in the past with games that were streamed. One way or the other, you gotta go through the ESPN app.
Hope this helps, and hopefully this is the only time this season a South Carolina game doesn’t merit actual TV coverage. See y’all at 7 p.m. tomorrow!