Are you a diehard fan of the NFL who’s wondering how to catch up on the action without cable? There’s good news; just figure out the NFL live stream service option that’ll suit you best and you’ll be set.
|Duration||September 6, 2018 – December 30, 2018|
|Live Stream||Watch Here Free!|
|Broadcasting Rights||CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN, and the NFL Network.|
|Super Bowl (Final)||February 3, 2019|
Just that you know, the new season (the 99th official NFL season), gets underway on 6th September 2018 with the kickoff game pitting the Philadelphia Eagles against the Atlanta Falcons. The season’s championship game, Super Bowl LIII, will be played on 3rd February 2019.
With that being said, you need to know what channels you’ll need for the 2018-2019 season.
Sunday afternoon games will air on CBS (approximately 36 in-market games) and on Fox. CBS will also air Super Bowl LIII. The 18 games of Sunday Night Football will air on NBC, which will also air the kickoff game and the Thanksgiving Day game. ESPN will air 17 games of Monday Night Football and the Pro Bowl. The NFL Network will air 13 Thursday Night Football games and 11 of these will be simulcast on Amazon Prime, FOX and Twitch.
In the fall NFL RedZone will air live action from around the league, including every Sunday afternoon game touchdown.
- 1 Where to watch NFL Games Live Online
- 2 How to Watch Sunday Night Football Online
- 3 How Can I Watch Monday Night Football Online
- 4 How to Watch Thursday Night Football Live Online
Where to watch NFL Games Live Online
I’ll now take you through each of the services you can use to stream NFL games.
You can get FuboTV access at $35 for the first month; thereafter it will cost you $45 per month. They also have a $9/month Sports Plus plan that’ll get you NFL RedZone.
With this service you will be able to enjoy unrestricted live coverage if your location falls within the service areas of the NBC, CBS and Fox stations. In case you are not then blackouts are a possibility. If you are a prospective new user you can freely test the service with their 7-day trial program.
This streaming service includes NBC, Fox, CBS and NFL Network, but not ESPN. You’ll therefore enjoy NFL games live stream on Sunday afternoons and nights, and Thursday nights, but not on Monday nights.
Sling TV from Dish
With Sling TV you can either go for the Orange package or the Blue package, each of which costs $25 per month. Sling Orange includes ESPN’s Monday night games while Sling Blue includes Thursday night games and Sunday games on NBC, Fox and the NFL Network. Alternatively, you can opt to get both at $40 per month.
If you opt to go with Sling Blue then you can consider forking out $10/month more for access to the Sports Extra Pack which includes NFL Network RedZone.
With Sling TV you can stream NFL games on virtually any device including TV, laptop, smartphone, web browser, PS4, Roku, Xbox, Amazon Firestick or TV, and more. In addition, you can authenticate the WatchESPN, NBC and Fox Sports Go apps. This service has a reputation for superb features, great control and package flexibility.
You will definitely enjoy the convenience of using Sling TV’s GameFinder feature which will make it easy for you to find the local live games you want to watch.
This streaming service will get you all the four major channels i.e. ESPN, Fox, CBS and NBC, plus NFL Network. It can’t get you NFL Sunday Ticket though, for which you’ll need the DirecTV satellite. Note that you can use your subscription to authenticate the NBC Sports, NBC, Fox Sports Go and ESPN apps.
You can go for any of their four packages; the smallest/cheapest one, “Live a Little”, does include all the channels you need for NFL games live stream and will cost you $40 per month. To get the NFL Network, however, you’ll need the $55 per month “Just Right” package. Higher packages include “Go Big” and “Gotta Have It”. They have a free 7-day trial that you can use to make an informed choice. As always, refer to your area’s channel lineup to confirm that you can watch local stations live.
With DirecTV Now you are assured of getting all nationally broadcasted games and you’ll therefore definitely be watching the Super Bowl. You also get dedicated apps on devices including Android, iOS, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.
Using this service you can also get all the networks for NFL live stream – ESPN, Fox, CBS and NBC, plus NFL Network. For any of their plans, starting with the cheapest, i.e. the $50/month Core plan, you can opt to pay an additional $10/month one-time fee for access to the NFL RedZone channel. With the Core plan you will get 15+ extra sports channels; the deal gets better for the higher plans.
Just to be clear, you don’t need a game console to use PlayStation Vue. This service will work well with just about any device you have; just to be sure, check for the compatibility of your devices on the service’s official site before you go any further.
Despite charging higher rates this service is highly reputed for its high quality and has garnered plenty of excellent reviews. You can also use it to authenticate the NBC, WatchESPN and Fox Sports Go apps.
Likewise, though, you’ll need to get details about the availability of any live local networks and NFL games you want beforehand.
Hulu with Live TV
If you opt for Hulu with Live TV you will get access to NBC, ESPN, Fox and CBS, but not NFL Network. Accordingly you’ll be able to stream NFL games on Sunday afternoons and nights, Monday nights and Thursday nights. Just remember that what you need is not the standard Hulu but rather Hulu with Live TV.
This service costs $40 per month and you’ll also need to confirm about the live channels offered in your area and this by entering your ZIP code. Depending on your location, games blackouts are possible.
You can use Hulu with Live TV with a variety of compatible devices including Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox, Android and iOS; this list continues to grow and new additions are listed on Hulu’s official page. Nevertheless, if your device of choice is currently unavailable, you can always use your latest updated PC browser in the meanwhile. You can use Hulu with Live TV to authenticate the NBC Sports, Fox Sports Go and WatchESPN apps.
This new NFL live stream service will get you access to CBS, ESPN, NBC and Fox, but not NFL Network. It will cost you $40 per month, a price that will not only get you sports channels but entertainment channels as well.
You can rest assured that YouTube TV stands tall with regards to reliability and quality, a strong confirmation of Google’s financial backing. It also boasts superb DVR capabilities; you’ll enjoy unlimited recording with the option of storing your recordings for nine months before they start getting earmarked for deletion.
You’ll also need to check that local channels in your area can be viewed live.
CBS All Access
With CBS All Access you can get full access to NFL coverage for the entire season at a cost of $5.99 per month. This service can work well for you in case you’re also interested in Sling TV which doesn’t feature CBS.
If you’re interested then this will make for a very affordable service and for which you just need to have a decent internet connection plus compatible devices. To sign up you’ll need to access the CBS All Access official site and then select the service plan of your choice. Before paying up you can sample the 7-day free trial just to be sure.
Remember that this NFL games live stream service will guarantee you coverage of Super Bowl LIII.
NFL Sunday Ticket
You can get NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV, but only if you meet the conditions for eligibility i.e. you reside in a US college/university dorm or in an apartment/condo where satellite service is unavailable. If you’re a college student this service will cost you $99; there’s also a standalone live stream option starting at $69.99 for the entire season.
This service will get you all the 11 Thursday night games that will this season be simulcast on Fox. The same games will also be streamed live on Amazon’s Twitch free of charge. You’ll therefore not have to pay for Amazon Prime membership to enjoy NFL live stream.
You’ll now be able to stream NFL games live on your phone whoever your carrier is. These will however only include local, in-market games, and the Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights’ national broadcasts.
You’ll also be able to stream the same games on the Yahoo and Yahoo Sports apps.
NFL Game Pass
You can use Game Pass to view each and every game for the entire season but the only problem is that you can’t stream games live.
Considering that you can use Game Pass to watch live games outside of the U.S., there’s a neat trick for getting around the blackout. All you have to do is make your computer look as if you’re in France or the UK. Using a VPN you will need to create an IP address suggesting that you’re in one of these countries; complete this step before you purchase Game Pass.
How to Watch Sunday Night Football Online
To watch Sunday night football you’ll need a streaming service that can get you CBS or Fox. Your options here are the following:
- Sling TV Blue
- DirecTV Now
- PlayStation Vue
- Hulu with Live TV
- YouTube TV
If you’ll be using Sling TV then you can consider getting the very affordable CBS All Access ($5.99/month for the season). This will be an ideal pairing considering that Sling TV doesn’t offer CBS.
How Can I Watch Monday Night Football Online
In the case of Monday Night Football you will need a service that offers ESPN.
You can opt for the $25 per month Sling Orange plan which in addition to football games will also get you another 25 channels.
Alternatively, you can decide to go with PlayStation Vue despite its Core plan being significantly more expensive than Sling Orange at $50 per month. Remember that you can pay an extra $10 per month for access to NFL RedZone.
Yet another option you can go with is Hulu with Live TV which throws in plenty of other channels at a cost of $40 per month.
Other Monday Night NFL games live stream services include:
- DirecTV Now
- YouTube TV (where available)
- NFL app
How to Watch Thursday Night Football Live Online
To watch Thursday Night Football you will need the NFL Network channel which will be offering the season’s 13 games.
If you are in a position to use PlayStation Vue you’ll be in for a treat considering its reputation for reliability and glitch-free quality. Of course, it will cost you much more than other options.
For the cheaper alternatives you can use:
- DirecTV Now
- Sling TV Blue
You can also go for the even cheaper Amazon Prime NFL live stream service although you’ll have to contend with the fact that it will only air 11 of the 18 games.
There you have it. You have multiple options for watching NFL football, any of which will cost you far less than what cable or satellite TV would. Using any of these does feel way more responsible than paying up to triple the cost for cable which offers tons of channels you might never watch.
American Football Conference
|Buffalo Bills||Baltimore Ravens||Houston Texans||Denver Broncos|
|Miami Dolphins||Cincinnati Bengals||Indianapolis Colts||Kansas City Chiefs|
|New England Patriots||Cleveland Browns||Jacksonville Jaguars||Los Angeles Chargers|
|New York Jets||Pittsburgh Steelers||Tennessee Titans||Oakland Raiders|
National Football Conference
|Dallas Cowboys||Chicago Bears||Atlanta Falcons||Arizona Cardinals|
|New York Giants||Detroit Lions||Carolina Panthers||Los Angeles Rams|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Green Bay Packers||New Orleans Saints||San Francisco 49ers|
|Washington Redskins||Minnesota Vikings||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Seattle Seahawks|