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After a hiatus of several months, a new The NFL season is on. With Thursday’s opener now behind us, it’s time to start focusing on the other aspect of NFL preparation: find out how to watch all the action on sunday.

As always, paying for cable is usually the easiest solution. For string cutters Wants to save money, however, the NFL football streaming options get a bit more complicated. Your best bet is to subscribe to a live tv broadcast service, but the large number of channels that broadcast games live – local channels CBS, NBC and Fox, as well as national feeds from NFL Network and ESPN – means you’ll either have to get relatively expensive service or compromise and likely miss some games each week.

The only way to get the full football experience is to have a whole litany of channels from your TV provider. Sunday NFC games are largely on Fox, AFC games are on CBS, and Sunday night football is on NBC. Monday Night Football is only on ESPN. While Fox offers most of the Thursday night games (with additional streaming on Amazon Prime Video), several are available only on the NFL Network.

With that in mind, we offer you our recommendations for the best way to watch the NFL without cables.

Read more: YouTube TV vs Hulu vs Sling TV vs Philo vs FuboTV vs AT&T TV: 100 channels compared

Best for Everything: YouTube TV ($ 65)

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Our pick from last year remains our go-to pick for 2021.

At $ 65 per month each, FuboTV start-up plan, Hulu Plus Live TV and YouTube TV check all NFL boxes. Local channels CBS, NBC, and Fox are included in many markets, as are ESPN and the NFL Network, so you can watch Sunday, Monday night, and Thursday night.

Want RedZone to follow your fantastic team? It’s available on all three services as part of an add-on. YouTube TV users can add the Sports Plus add-on for $ 11 per month by clicking on your profile and going to Settings, then the Subscription tab. FuboTV users can go to My Profile and choose Manage Add-ons for its Sports Plus offering at $ 11 per month with NFL RedZone.

After addition of the NFL network in July, Hulu users can now add RedZone for $ 10 per month with its Sports add-on.

YouTube TV and FuboTV allow three people to watch at a time (Hulu allows two live streams) and all three have apps on almost all mobile devices and major streaming platforms including Amazon Fire TV, Google TV , Roku and Apple TV.

While the three are largely similar, we like YouTube TV for its superior DVR (unlimited storage vs. 250 hours on FuboTV and 50 hours on Hulu) and that it, unlike Fubo, includes Turner channels.

YouTube TV and FuboTV will broadcast Thursday Night Football games in 4K, but only Fubo includes the premium broadcasts with its basic package. To look in 4K on YouTube TV, you’ll need to spend extra $ 20 per month.

Note: YouTube TV and Hulu each have promotions that drop their respective monthly prices from $ 65 to $ 55 per month for the first three months for new users. That should get you through much of the NFL regular season before prices go up $ 10 a month.

DirecTV Stream AT&T TV (formerly AT&T TV) offers most of the major broadcast channels, but starts at $ 70 per month and lacks the NFL and RedZone network.

Sling TV The Orange and Blue plan for $ 50 per month gives you ESPN and the NFL Network, and, in select the main markets, Fox and / or NBC, but you will always miss CBS. You can also add RedZone for $ 15 per month with the Sports Extra add-on.

The cheapest way to stream NFL RedZone


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A frequently fan favorite method of keeping up with all the NFL action, RedZone is a way to catch every big game in the league. The cheapest route to RedZone is to get Sling TV Blue for $ 35 per month and add the Sports Extra add-on for $ 11 per month.

This option can also be streamed to a host of devices including iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, and web browsers.

Sling is currently offering a discount on the first month of Sling Blue, bringing the price down to $ 10 for the main package.

Note: If you only subscribe to Sling’s Orange package, you will not be able to get RedZone in Sports Extra. Your base pack must be Sling Blue or its larger Sling Blue Plus Orange pack in order to get RedZone as an add-on. If you do the latter, the Sports Extra add-on costs $ 15 per month, as you will also get additional channels like SEC network, ACC network, and PAC 12 network.

Budget-friendly alternative for NFC fans in big cities: Sling Blue ($ 35) or an antenna ($ 10 or free)

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Those looking to save some money may want to check out Sling Blue for $ 35 per month. Although ESPN is missing, which means you will miss Monday Night Football, in select markets you will be able to get Fox and NBC. The catch is, these markets are mostly found in big cities, so if you live outside of one of these areas, Sling Blue might not be for you.

You can also add RedZone through the company’s Sports Extra $ 11 per month add-on.

Fox, of course, broadcasts most NFC and Thursday Night games (along with the rest on NFL Network and / or Amazon Prime Video), while NBC broadcasts Sunday Night Football. CBS, which broadcasts the bulk of AFC games, is not included on Sling at all. But one the antenna can fill these gaps of local channels.

Local and prime-time games will also be available to watch for free on your iOS or Android phone or tablet through the Yahoo Sports app. However, you cannot stream this stream to your big screen.

Budget alternatives for AFC fans: Paramount Plus (or an antenna)


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Some apps offer CBS’s Sunday AFC games list Live, including the Premium Tier of Paramount Plus for $ 10 per month. However, depending on where you live, your local CBS station (and those NFL games) may not be available. CBS offers live streaming services in many markets; you can check for yourself if your area has CBS live streaming here.

An antenna is another option for getting CBS, just like watching on the Yahoo Sports app. And as we mentioned above, an over-the-air antenna connected to your TV provides another free option, no streaming required, as long as you have good reception.

Thursday Night Football: NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime

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The 2021 NFL Network game schedule.


Thursday Night Football is probably the most complicated part of the NFL streaming schedule. Most of the games will be available on the NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video, and Twitch.

A handful of games, however, are also broadcast exclusively on the NFL network, including the Week 5 game in London between the Jets and the Falcons, and the Week 15 double schedule on Saturday with clashes that didn’t. yet been announced.

As mentioned above, if you want the NFL network, you will need FuboTV, Hulu Plus Live TV, Sling TV Blue, or YouTube TV or use the Yahoo Sports app.

What about the Sunday ticket?

NFL Sunday Ticket is still largely limited to DirecTV satellite subscribers, although those who live in buildings that can’t add a satellite dish can get a streaming version to watch football starting at $ 294 for their To Go package. , or $ 396 for a Max plan that includes the RedZone channel (a student version is also available at a discounted price). You can check your address on the Sunday Ticket website.

The problem here, however, is that while you’re eligible, it doesn’t include your local games. You can only watch Sunday games that are not broadcast on CBS, Fox, or NBC in your area.


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