How to Watch NFL Games Without Cable: 8 Top Best Options

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How to Watch NFL Games Without Cable: 8 Different Options

How to Watch NFL Games Without Cable: 8 Top Best Options

Cutting the cord makes it more difficult to watch live sports. However, there are other options when it comes to the NFL Games.

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If you have already cut the cord or are considering doing so, you may be wondering how to watch the NFL or other live sports without cable. Luckily, these days you have more options than ever before.Whether you have cable or not, NFL games are spread across five primary networks: CBS, ESPN, Fox, NBC, and the NFL Network. Plus, depending on where you live, only certain games will air on local stations. So you’ll want to have access to as many of those channels as possible.The best option is to pay for one of the best live TV streaming services such as Sling TV or YouTube TV, but those aren’t your only options. In this article, we list the best ways to watch NFL games without cable, including both free and paid services.

1. The Yahoo Sports and NFL Mobile Apps

Yahoo Sports app

If you don’t want to pay for cable, don’t have an antenna, and don’t want to use streaming services like YouTube TV or FuboTV (which we’ll detail below), one of the easiest ways to watch football is with the official Yahoo Sports mobile app. It’s completely free, but you’ll only have access to local in-market games from a mobile device. You can also use the official NFL app too.

Both of these apps stream NFL games live during the regular season, primetime games like MNF, playoffs, and the Super Bowl. And again, it’s completely free; just make sure you use Wi-Fi or don’t go over your monthly data plan. Just tap the “Watch” button in the bottom of the Yahoo Sports app to get started.

2. FuboTV

FuboTV Selection

FuboTV is a subscription-style IPTV service (streaming TV over the internet) in the United States with no monthly contracts. It’s designed to replace your entire cable package with the essentials like sports for one low monthly fee. The basic plan provides access to over 110 channels for $65/month with cloud DVR and support for three streams at a time.

FuboTV also offers a few additional plans, regional add-ons for those who want to watch a specific NFL or college football team, and several other add-ons as well. FuboTV features several channels on which NFL games air, including NFL RedZone.

While FuboTV is one of the best options for watching NFL games live, the service offers a wide range of sports including NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, NCAA, multiple soccer leagues, boxing, cycling, and more.

3. Sling TV

Sling TV interface

Another great option is Sling TV, another IPTV streaming service like FuboTV, but cheaper. The basic plan, called Sling Blue, delivers over 55 TV channels for only $30/month. Then, there’s Sling Orange with a slightly different lineup for the same $30/month price, or you can get them both for $50/month.

With Sling TV you won’t get a bunch of regular channels that typically air NFL games each week, but the service does provide the NFL Network, ESPN, and NFL RedZone, which shows every single scoring drive and touchdown on Sundays. RedZone is a fan-favorite and worth checking out.

4. NFL Game Pass

NFL Game Pass

The NFL provides its own service known as the NFL Game Pass. And while it delivers a wide array of content and airs all 256 regular-season games, they aren’t shown live. Plus it will cost you $99/season.

With NFL Game Pass, fans can tune in and enjoy every game throughout the entire season, but only AFTER they air on TV. Instead of offering live streams of NFL games, it offers on-demand replays. So while this might be a great option for busy people, if you want to see NFL games live, try something else.

One of the best features of the NFL Game Pass are the “condensed games”. These only take 45-60 minutes to watch thanks to cutting out timeouts, commercials, and injury delays. NFL Game Pass also has highlights, analysis, coaching films, and access to thousands of old games in the NFL archive, including Super Bowls.

5. YouTube TV

YouTube TV NFL

When you cut the cord and completely cancel cable you can’t use apps like FOX Sports GO, NBC Sports, or WatchESPN. That’s because they’re behind a paywall requiring users to sign in with their cable provider account for access. If that’s the situation you find yourself in, try something like YouTube TV.

Most of our recommendations are contract-free streaming services, and YouTube TV sits alongside FuboTV and Sling TV. Google’s YouTube TV delivers 85+ of the best entertainment, sports, movies, and news channels for $65/month.

What makes YouTube TV great is you’ll get the NFL Network, FOX, ESPN, FS1, CBS, and NBC, which means you’ll never miss an NFL game. Plus, it offers unlimited DVR recording and several other great channels. It’s more expensive than Sling but offers more live sports.


DAZN logo

Similar to YouTube TV, Sling, and FuboTV, DAZN is a popular streaming service throughout the US and Canada. Priced at $20/month or $150/year, a DAZN subscription will give you NFL Game Pass and RedZone access, along with all of the other live sports shown by the network, including MLB, the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, and MLS.

This lets you tune in to several games on NFL Network, enjoy every scoring play each Sunday with NFL RedZone, plus on-demand playback of every single NFL game with Game Pass. Making it a pretty compelling option for those who need their NFL fix.

7. NFL Sunday Ticket With DirecTV

NFL Sunday Ticket

We couldn’t write about where to watch NFL games without mentioning the NFL Sunday Ticket. Typically this is only available through DirecTV, and if you’re trying to cancel cable this won’t really be an option for you. However, you can actually get the NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV in certain circumstances.

DirecTV offers live-streaming of the NFL Sunday Ticket for just $79/season if you’re a college student. For everyone else, if you live somewhere that doesn’t offer DirecTV or can’t access a satellite dish, you can stream the Sunday Ticket too. But prices will vary.

8. An HDTV Antenna

Outdoor antenna

Last but not least is the option to use or make your own DIY TV antenna.

However, these days most of them are HD antennas offering excellent range, which means they allow you to watch TV and sports easily without cable. Keep in mind that an antenna will only pick up local teams or in-market games. Which means that if, like me, you’re a Packers fan living in Las Vegas, you’ll want to consider a streaming service instead.

Most NFL games are free and typically air in HD, which is great. Most antennas will pick up ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, to name a few. If you don’t want to throw a big antenna on your roof, or can’t, some flat models, like the GESOBYTE indoor antenna, mount inside the house behind a TV.

Better yet, pair any antenna with one of TiVo’s products which let you record TV, and adds apps like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube to your setup.

You Have Options for Streaming NFL Games

In closing, no matter which NFL team you support, all of the streaming services and options above should work for you. Plus, some of them offer other channels and sports too, so there should be something for everyone in your family.

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