How To Watch NFL, Live Stream From Anywhere In The US, UK, Canada
|How to watch the NFL without cable for this season|
Football fans who have decided to cut the cable cord have plenty of options for streaming NFL action this season.
Thanks to multiple streaming options, you have a wide array of ways to watch these NFL games. We've got everything you need to stream this NFL season from a phone, laptop, set-top box or anything in-between.
The methods for watching NFL games change often as the league signs new contracts and streaming services change their policies, so we're always updating this guide with the latest broadcast info, as well as the current week's schedule.
With so many good matchups, you're probably looking for a way to catch the action online. Here are the best ways to live stream NFL games.
With the right streaming services, you can watch Sunday afternoon games on CBS and Fox, "Sunday Night Football" on NBC, and "Monday Night Football" on ESPN.
"Thursday Night Football" is spread across Fox, Amazon Prime/Twitch, and the NFL Network. (In September, the games are broadcast only on NFL Network; the Fox and Prime Video coverage starts in October.)
Additionally, some games will be available on new streaming services, such as Peacock from NBCUniversal and Paramount+ from ViacomCBS.
You’ll need these channels to watch games in your area, so review the channel lineups before subscribing to a service such as Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, or YouTube TV.
How to Watch NFL Games Without Cable In The US
The 2021-2022 NFL season will be broadcast across a number of networks, including CBS, NBC and FOX. CBS and FOX will air Sunday afternoon games, while you can watch Sunday Night Football on NBC.
Monday Night Football will air on ESPN and ABC, and the NFL Network will show a select number of Thursday Night Football games.
A simple TV antenna will get you access to all four major networks in HD quality, along with other local stations in your area. Pay for the antenna once and enjoy “free cable” for as long as you have it installed. Our pick below can be mounted indoors or outdoors and delivers a range of up to 120 miles, to pick up more stations than most basic antennas.
How to watch NFL games: Live streams from around the world with a VPN
Football fans in the world can't watch the NFL live streams you want, you're not out of luck. With a virtual private network, or VPN, you can appear to be surfing the web from your home town (or somewhere that blackouts won't hit), and access the same streaming services you already paid for.
Not sure which VPN is right for you? We've tested many different services and our pick for the best VPN overall is ExpressVPN. It offers superb speeds and excellent customer service. But you've got other VPN options as well.
|Using a VPN: |
1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.
2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.
3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to Sling, Yahoo or another website and watch the game.
How to stream NFL game in America for free
If you just want to watch on your phone, the Yahoo Sports app for iOS and Android gives away every NFL game that's broadcast in your local TV market to your smartphone or tablet for free. Yes, that includes Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football. You can also sign into your NFL Game Pass subscription and stream it from the Yahoo app.
With one of our best TV antenna picks you can watch live. Or, you could make your own stream, with a service such as Channel Master or Tablo, connected to your antenna and a DVR box. This allows you to broadcast the stream — either live or recorded — to a set-top box, mobile device or computer just about anywhere in the world.
The cost varies depending on the HD antenna you get and the service you use, but the local channels themselves are free, and you wonꞌt have to jump through any NFL-sponsored hoops.
All of the above free trials will let you watch the NFL for free online, but if you want to watch the NFL online without signing up for a new service, there’s some good news: Amazon Prime members can watch Thursday Night Football online free simply by logging into Prime Video.
Games kick off live every Thursday night at 8:20pm ET/5:20pm PT. The NFL Network pregame show starts at 7:30pm ET, and you can also watch Prime Video’s own pregame show, NFL Next for free online, every Tuesday at 8:00pm ET.
Have an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV device? Just say “Alexa, play Thursday Night Football” and you’ll be instantly connected to stream NFL games live for free.
How to stream NFL game in America for low paid
Major streaming providers such as YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, FuboTV and DirecTV Stream offer nearly all the major channels you will need for football. This includes CBS, NBC and Fox as well as ESPN (which is needed for Monday Night Football).
Sling TV offers NBC and Fox in some markets with its Blue package, but it lacks CBS. It's also worth noting that to get ESPN you will either need to switch to its Orange package or go for its Blue and Orange bundle.
RedZone and the NFL Network
All of those services above, with the exception of DirecTV Stream, offer the option to get RedZone and the NFL Network. RedZone will usually require you to spend another $10 or $11 per month as an add-on.
If RedZone is all you care about, the cheapest option is getting Sling TV Blue for $35 per month and adding the $11 per month Sports Extra add-on. This gets you all the football channels with the exception of ESPN and CBS.
Paramount Plus offers live CBS feeds with its Premium tier for $10 per month. Depending on where you live, however, your local CBS station (and those NFL games) might not be available. CBS offers livestreaming services in many markets; you can check for yourself if your area has live CBS streaming.
All of NBC's regular-season NFL games will be available to stream on its Peacock streaming service, so long as you pay for one of its Premium subscriptions.
There are two of these tiers, a $5 per month Premium option that has ads (when watching nonlive content) and a $10 per month Premium Plus option that will stream nonlive content ad-free (and let you download some content to watch offline).
Sling TV's $35-a-month Blue plan includes NBC, Fox and the NFL Network. Enter your address to see which local channels are available where you live.
Note: This version of Sling TV does not include ESPN. For that, you'll need to switch to the similarly priced Orange plan or go for the combined $50-per-month Orange and Blue bundle. RedZone is also available for an extra $11 per month.
YouTube TV costs $65 a month and includes all the major football channels, with RedZone available for an extra $11 per month. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see which local networks are available in your area.
FuboTV costs $65 per month and has all the major NFL channels with RedZone available as an $11 per month add-on.
Hulu Plus Live TV
Hulu with Live TV costs $65 a month and includes all the major football channels, with RedZone available for an extra $10 per month. Click the "View channels in your area" link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code.
Peacock will show NBC's full slate of Sunday Night Football games. You will, however, need one of the service's Premium plans to watch Sunday Night Football live and full-game replays, though highlights are available on the free tier.
The ad-supported Premium plan costs $5 a month, and the ad-free Premium Plus plan costs $10 a month.
Stream NFL Games on Vidgo
Vidgo is one of the newer streaming options online but it’s become a hit with both cord cutters and sports fans alike. Vidgo’s new $10 deal gets you ESPN and the NFL Network in addition to ABC and FOX. You also get access to FOX Sports, ESPN 2, ESPN U, Big Ten Network and beIN Sports, for international matches (think live coverage of La Liga and Ligue 1 soccer).
Vidgo also lets you tack on NFL Red Zone and all the PAC 12 networks for college sports. Choose a subscription based on your terms – Vidgo doesn’t require any long-term contracts or hidden fees, and you can cancel anytime. Watch with friends on up to three devices at one. Try Vidgo out for $10 for your first month to live stream the NFL online. Price goes up to $55 a month after that.
Not sure you want to commit? Vidgo is currently offering a 3-day free trial to test out the service.
*Note: All of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials (except Peacock, which just has a free tier that doesn't stream live NFL games), allow you to cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection.
How to Live Stream NFL in the UK
You're going to want Sky Sports for watching NFL games in the U.K. The Sky Sports NFL channel (which will feature more than 100 live games this season) and Sky Sports Main Event are the primary destinations for your viewing pleasure.
Sky Sports NFL will pack a lot of content. Specifically, expect at least 5 live games per week, with "first-pick exclusive games ... in the 6pm and 9pm slot every Sunday" (according to Sky) and every Thursday, Sunday and Monday Night Football game. It's also getting NFL RedZone, and NFL Network programming, including Good Morning Football and Total Access.
Also expect documentaries "and other content" via NFL Films and NBC Sports, and original Sky Sports programming about the NFL.
If you're an existing Sky customer, you can get all of that with the Sky Sports Complete Pack, for £39 per month.
If you're not looking to spend that much, you can get a less comprehensive Sky Sports pass from Now TV. Daily, weekly and monthly passes range from £9.99 to £33.99.
How to Live Stream NFL in Canada
Get in, folks, we're going to Da Zone. Or to be more specific, Canadian football fans will need DAZN to watch the NFL 2021-22 season. DAZN is trying to get GamePass rights, but that has not been announced yet.
DAZN is also the home of live Champions League soccer games. Plus, Canadians get a 30-day free trial of DAZN.
NFL Game Pass
NFL Game Pass lets you watch pretty much any game you want, but with one big caveat—you’ll have to wait until the game’s original broadcast is over.
Priced at $99 for the season (or four $30 monthly payments), the streaming service lets you watch replays of all the regular season games, plus games from prior seasons. It doesn't include the Super Bowl.
NFL Mobile App
Formerly a perk only for Verizon wireless customers, the NFL mobile app now lets you stream NFL games, regardless of what carrier you use.
Access is free, and the same programming is also available on Verizon’s Yahoo Sports App for mobile devices. It's limited to live local-market games and prime-time national games. It includes playoff games and the Super Bowl nationwide. But you can't watch Sunday afternoon out-of-market games, which are controlled by DirecTV.
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