How to stream the Tour de France on iOS, Mac and Apple TV


How to stream Tour de France
Fire up your Apple gear and get ready to stream the Tour de France.
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By Chris Brantner

The Tour de France is the premier cycling race in the world. Anyone can enjoy watching the event as the cyclists put themselves through one of the most grueling physical tests in all of sports. If you want to watch during the three-week race, you can easily stream the Tour de France on Apple devices, with or without cable.

The Tour de France starts Saturday, July 1, and finishes on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on Sunday, July 23. Throughout the race, NBCSN will air live coverage on a daily basis. Thankfully, there are some great ways for you to stream the race on any of your Apple devices.

How to watch Tour de France on Apple devices

Sporting events, like the NHL playoffs or even the NFL draft, are becoming easier and easier to watch on your Apple devices. There are several options for watching the race. Some you can easily get access to with a cable subscription, while others will give you options to watch if you already cut cable.


FuboTV is a streaming service that offers a top-notch sports streaming experience. The service allows you to stream cable channels without the cable package. In total, it offers more than 40 channels in its starting package, including NBCSN. The starting price is only $35 per month. FuboTV offers a great range of channels, with a heavy emphasis on sports.

You can watch FuboTV with either your Apple TV or on your Mac on the service’s website. You can sample the service with FuboTV’s seven-day free trial.

DirecTV Now

AT&T’s own streaming service, DirecTV Now, is another viable solution for cable cutters. Its huge channel package makes it a solid option to replace your cable package, without missing out on your favorite shows, news programming or sporting events. You can watch DirecTV Now on the big screen with your Apple TV, on your Mac, or even on the DirecTV Now app on your iPhone or iPad.

There are several packages on the service for varying prices. The cheapest package, Live a Little, costs $35 per month. NBCSN is one of the more than 60 channels you can stream on that package. DirecTV Now offers a weeklong trial of its own, which you could use to stream some of the Tour de France free.

Sling TV

Dish Network offers a steaming service, Sling TV, that includes an NBCSN live stream. You can get the channel in the Sling Blue starting package that costs $25 per month. You’ll get approximately 40 channels in the package, and you can always add more through Sling TV’s add-on offerings. In fact, Sling TV is a great option if you want flexible TV, because you can get as close to customizing your channel package as possible on the service.

Sling TV is compatible with all Apple products and also has an iOS app. If you’re not already a subscriber, give Sling TV a try with a weeklong free trial, which you could hypothetically line up with the other two services to watch the entire Tour de France online free.

NBC Sports app

The NBC Sports app is how you’ll be streaming the Tour de France if you already pay for cable. All you need to do is login with your cable credentials and you can live stream Tour de France on the app. The app works with both iPhone and iPad; you can do the same on the NBC Sports website if you want to watch on your Mac. Additionally, if you don’t have cable you could always borrow a friend’s login.

Streaming on Apple devices is only getting easier

So, now there’s no reason for you to miss the exciting race that is the Tour de France. As the streaming market grows, you’ll find more and more easy options for streaming sporting events across all Apple devices. This gives you the flexibility to watch everything you want without having to be tied down to your TV screen.

Chris Brantner founded Cut Cable Today, a website for cord cutters.


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