The big boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor is scheduled to start this Saturday, August 26 2017 at 9 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. Pacific. Unlike Mayweather’s much talked about fight against Manny Pacquiao in 2015, tomorrow’s fight will be available to stream live on pay-per-view without having a cable subscription. There are multiple viewing options for owners of an Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television. Here’s a break down of each and what you need to know.
Fire TV device owners will be able to stream the fight live through either the UFC app or the Sling TV app. At $99.95 on UFC and $99.99 on Sling TV, the pay-per-view price is virtually the same for both services, but watching through Sling TV does require having a Sling TV subscription, which starts at $20 per month.
If you don’t have a Sling TV subscription, it might seem obvious to go with UFC, but that isn’t necessarily the case. If you’ve never signed up for Sling TV before, you can subscribe to their free 7-day trial to watch the fight and cancel before the trial ends without paying anything extra.
You of course still have to pay the $99.99 for the fight itself with the Sling TV trial offer, but the advantage of purchasing the fight through Sling TV over UFC is that Sling TV will offer an on-demand replay of the fight for six days after the event. Sling TV will also allow you to pause and rewind the live event. UFC will not offer an on-demand stream and will not allow pausing or rewinding.
If you have a Sling TV subscription, or are willing to signup/cancel their subscription free trial, Sling TV gives you extra perks that UFC does not offer. It’s important to realize that purchasing the fight through one app will not give you access to the fight through the other app.
Both Sling TV and UFC will be streaming the fight in 1080p at 60 frames per second. Both services will also allow only one stream at a time, so you cannot watch the fight from multiple devices at the same time.
Huge thanks and credit goes to Jared Newman who has written a comprehensive article about streaming the fight through various devices other than the Fire TV. Jared recommends purchasing the pay-per-view access ahead of time because, while the fight stream itself will likely handle the viewing load just fine, the billing systems of each service might struggle with the increased traffic. You don’t want to not be able to watch the fight because the billing system can’t process your payment.
Those of you in Germany can use the DAZN app to watch the stream. Those of you in the UK are out of luck because there is no Sky Sports app for the Fire TV.