If you like golf, and have cable, one of the nicest ways to chill out with stress free viewing is with the Golf Channel. Many of you can’t relate I’m sure but I put FoodTV and Golf Channel in the same category. These are great to watch at the end of the day when you just want to relax without being reminded of the world’s problems.
But what about cord cutters? The Golf Channel is a cable channel so forget about picking it up over the air.
1. Sportskool Golf, which is a channel that offers golf tips. But $2.99/month? That’s a lot for a single channel don’t you think?
2. Super Stickman Golf, but this is a game not a channel of live golf. This is is also $1.99/month.
Next stop Hulu Plus. I would prefer to watch on my TV, not my laptop, and since Hulu Plus enables that via Roku I check it first. Going over to the Hulu Plus’ awful search content page (no keyword search option) I browse over to the G’s and see no golf related content at all. Can that be right? That’s OK. Hulu Plus would be another $8/month.
What about plain old Hulu? This site is friendlier. I type “golf” in the search window and find Golf Tips with Joe Beck, Inside Golf Magazine, and Golf Digest Equipment Special. Most of these are short clips, not the long content I’m looking for. I note that the Joe Beck show is apparently also on Hulu Plus (“Subscribe to Hulu Plus to watch this show on your TV and mobile devices”), but the others are not. So apparently the Hulu site has more golf content than Hulu Plus. And probably more content in general! See this interesting discussion about getting the free version of Hulu on a Roku.
Well what about good old Netflix? Nope. They offer a few golf related movies (which I dump into my queue) but no Golf Channel. Not surprising given Netflix’ limited streaming library.
OK then. How about the Amazon video library? Again they have some interesting looking golf movies, but no Golf Channel episodes.
One last hope. The Golf Channel itself. maybe they offer streaming of some of their shows. Yes! They offer many including this one from Big Break Atlantis. You know that show about attractive golfer girls competing in this reality style series. So back to the old standby of connecting my laptop to the TV.
Do you have a better idea for watching GolfChannel as a cord cutter? Let me know in the comments below.
Update 4-15-13: I was intrigued by this comment by David Carr in this NYT article.
“But a funny thing happened on the way to the clubhouse at Augusta, Ga.: I took a detour. The Masters app, which let me omnisciently check the leader board, scan for my own highlights and toggle between specific groups or holes, sucked me in.”
Had I known the app was that good I would have downloaded it. Anyone else try it?
Update 1-4-14: See new post: Watching the Golf Channel without Cable: Cord Cutter Ethics