Saturday’s fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor is a big moment for streaming video. Unlike Mayweather’s bout with Manny Pacquiao in 2015, this fight will actually be available on pay-per-view without a cable subscription.

But to watch the Mayweather-McGregor live stream, you’ll have to pay the price just like cable subscribers do. Pay-per-view access will cost $100, and will be available through various streaming devices and services. That price includes the main bout and three preceding fights, which have a scheduled start time of 9 p.m. Eastern.

Here’s what cord-cutters need to know about streaming the Mayweather-McGregor fight:

Mayweather-McGregor live-stream sources

Cord-cutters have five pay-per-view options for streaming the big fight:

  • Streaming through on the Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge desktop browsers, and on Chrome for mobile.
  • In the Showtime PPV app on Apple TV (fourth-generation), iPad, or iPhone
  • Through UFC Pay Per View on the web, Android, iOS, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV (fourth-generation), Chromecast, Roku, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Samsung Smart TV, and LG Smart TV
  • On PlayStation 4 consoles through the PlayStation Store
  • Through Sling TV on the web, PC, Mac, Android, iOS, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV (fourth-generation), Chromecast, Roku, Xbox One, LeEco TVs, ZTE TVs, LG WebOS 3.0 TVs, and Channel Master DVRs.

In all cases, the pay-per-view price ranges from $99.95 to $99.99, plus tax. With Sling TV, you’ll also need a Sling subscription, which starts at $20 per month. (New subscribers can get a 7-day free trial.)

Keep in mind that these are all separate offerings. If you buy access on, for instance, you can’t watch the fight through the Showtime PPV app or through UFC’s apps. Consult the chart below for device support, and choose wisely:

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What’s the frame rate and resolution?

According to a Showtime representative, the Showtime app and website will stream at 1080p resolution and at 60 frames per second if the device supports it. A Sling TV representative said the fight will be presented in “HD” and 60 frames per second. UFC, and Sony haven’t responded to my requests for comment.

In any case, the stream is likely to lag a bit behind the live telecast due to the way online video currently works. So while the streaming option is nice to have, cable and satellite subscribers should probably buy the match through their TV boxes instead.

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