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The 2023 NFL season is officially under way. Ahead of the 2024 Super Bowl in Las Vegas, pundits are expecting the Kansas City Chiefs to take home next year’s trophy, and the Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills ans Fan Francisco 49ers are also among the top teams with high odds. If you’re looking for ways to watch NFL football games online without cable, read on below.
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How to Watch NFL Games Online
Wondering how to watch the NFL on TV online or stream football games without cable? If you’re tuning into a local channel, you can log into the network’s website using your TV provider credentials, or plug a digital antenna (like this one from Amazon) into your TV.
Cord-cutting sports fans have several options for streaming NFL games online without a traditional able subscription. In a nutshell: Monday Night Football airs on ABC and ESPN and can be streamed on any live TV streaming service that carries those networks, Thursday Night Football streams exclusively on Amazon’s Prime Video and Sunday Night Football is broadcast on NBC and streams on Peacock.
Below, keep reading for the best online TV streaming services and video-on-demand platforms that give you a front-row seat to the NFL.
The Best Streaming Services for Watching NFL Games Live Online
Amazon Prime Video
Price $14.99 monthly or $139 annually for Amazon Prime; $8.99 monthly for Prime Video only
Channels CBS (through Paramount+ add-on)
Amazon Prime Video is the exclusive online streamer for watching Thursday Night Football, which kicked off Sept. 14. Amazon Prime members can watch for free, or you can subscribe to just Prime Video for $8.99 per month. Prime Video’s TNF is led by legendary broadcast team Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit and others who will “break down all of the action on the best night of the week.”
You can also watch NFL games on CBS through the Paramount+ add-on, which costs an additional $11.99 per month and comes with a free seven-day trial for new subscribers.
Amazon Prime Video
Price $64.99 and up monthly
Channels CBS, ESPN, Fox, NBC
Watch CBS, ESPN, Fox and NBC with DirecTV Stream‘s Entertainment package ($64.99 monthly, guaranteed for the first two years), which offers online TV, on-demand content and more than 75 other channels, including CNN, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, AMC and others. Other plans offer over 105-150 channels, with prices ranging from $83.99-$154.99 per month. Through Oct. 2, new subscribers who get a DirecTV package and who purchase an NFL Sunday Ticket from YouTube can earn up to a $400 Visa gift card; learn more here. (As of press time, DirecTV Stream doesn’t offer ABC.)
DirecTV Stream Subscription
Price $9.99 monthly or $100 annually; $12.99 monthly with the Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu bundle
Monday Night Football airs exclusively on ESPN and ABC, and while an ESPN+ subscription doesn’t offer unlimited access to MNF games, it does let you watch weeks one through three and an exclusive week 4 game as well as Fantasy Focus, NFL Countdown, NFL PrimeTime, NFL Live and other exclusive sports content. It’s a great companion for football fans who want to watch live events, original shows and the option to buy UFC pay-per-view events and other offerings that aren’t available on traditional cable or live TV streaming packages.
Sports fans can expand their entertainment with the Disney+ Bundle, which includes Hulu and ESPN+ starting at $12.99 monthly.
Price $74.99 and up monthly
Channels ABC, CBS, ESPN, Fox, NBC, NFL Network
Watch live pro and college football games on CBS, ESPN, Fox, NBC, NFL Network and other sports channels with a subscription to FuboTV, which starts at $74.99 per month and includes access to 176 news, entertainment and sports channels. You can record over 1,000 hours of TV shows, movies, games and more (including Monday, Thursday and Sunday night football) and watch later on your smartphone, tablet or TV.
Other plans include the Elite package (254 channels for $85 monthly) and the Ultimate tier that comes with 298 channels, NFL RedZone, Showtime and 4K quality for $99.99 monthly. The online TV streaming service offers a seven-day free trial for new subscribers, so you can technically watch NFL games online for free for a week.
Hulu with Live TV
Price $69.99 and up monthly; limited-time deal of $49.99/mo. for three months for new subscribers
Channels ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, Fox and more; plus Disney+ and ESPN+
Watch NFL games on ABC, CBS, NBC Sports, ESPN, Fox and more than 75 other major cable news, entertainment and sports channels on-demand with a Hulu with Live TV subscription, which is bundled with Disney+ and ESPN+. Regularly $69.99-$82.99 monthly, new subscribers get their first three months for $49.99 per month when they sign up for the ad-supported plan through Oct. 12. After the three-month period, the subscription auto-renews at $76.99 per month.
The Hulu with Live TV, Disney+ and ESPN+ bundle lets you watch Monday, Thursday and Sunday night football online and record games to watch later. You can also stream thousands of popular TV shows, movies and original content, and you can add Cinemax, Max, Showtime, Starz and other channels for an extra monthly fee.
You’ll also get access to live streaming and events on ESPN+, like UFC Fight Night, PGA golf, soccer, baseball and more.
Hulu with Live TV, Disney+ and ESPN+ Subscription
Price $6.99-$14.99 monthly
The ultimate app for football fans, NFL+ gives you access to live game audio and replays of games right after the final whistle, or you can watch condensed games in under 45 minutes. The service also lets you watch behind-the-scenes access to the NFL Scouting Combine and NFL Draft, football news, NFL Network shows, exclusive offseason content, live coach and player reactions, ad-free highlights and more. A seven-day free trial is available for new subscribers.
Price $5.99 to $11.99 monthly or $59.99 to $119.99 annually
Channels CBS, CBSN
You can also livestream NFL games on your local CBS channel with a subscription to Paramount+, which is also available through Amazon’s Prime Video. The streamer costs $5.99 per month for the ad-supported Essential Plan or $11.99 monthly for the ad-free Paramount+ with Showtime bundle; annual billing is $59.99-$119.99 per year, which saves you about 16 percent. New subscribers get a free seven-day trial.
Price $5.99 monthly for Premium, $11.99 monthly for Premium Plus
Channels NBC; Sports add-on includes NFL RedZone and other channels
Livestream Sunday Night Football on NBC and watch Peacock network TV shows and movies on demand when you subscribe to Peacock‘s ad-supported Premium plan ($5.99 monthly) or the ad-free Premium Plus package ($11.99 monthly). Peacock subscriptions also include thousands of hours of other sports and entertainment programming.
Price $39.99-$44.99 and up monthly; new subscribers save 50% off the first month for a limited time
Channels (varies by plan and area) ABC, NBC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, Fox, NBC, NFL Network and FS1
Live TV streaming platform Sling offers three base plans: the individual Orange and Blue tiers ($40-$45 per month) and the combined Orange & Blue package ($60 monthly). You can also add the Sports Extra package for $11-$15 per month. For a limited time, new subscribers save 50% off the first month, taking the monthly price down to $20. Sling’s packages also include DVR so you can record the football games to watch the NFL on demand.
The Orange tier includes ESPN and more than 30 other channels and streaming on one device. The Blue plan offers access to ABC, the CW, NBC, ESPN, Fox (in select markets), NFL Network, FS1 and more than 40 other sports, news and entertainment channels, plus streaming on up to three devices. For cord-cutters who want the most bang for their buck, the combined Orange & Blue plan comes with 49 channels (including all of the aforementioned networks), streaming on up to four devices and 50 hours of digital video recording (DVR) storage for watching football games and other sports (including the U.S. Open) later. New subscribers get half off their first month.
Both the Orange and Blue plans also come with other news, entertainment and sports channels, such as A&E, AMC, CNN, Food Network, Freeform, HGTV, History, Lifetime and others.
Sports superfans can save even more with Sling’s Season Pass subscription, which starts at $199 for five months of Sling’s Blue, Orange or Orange & Blue tiers plus the Sports Extra package. The plans offer some of the best ways to watch tennis, NFL and college football without cable; learn more here.
Note that you’ll need to connect an HD antenna and an AirTV device if you want to watch local channels on your Sling service; get more details here.
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