Watch NFL Live Streaming Online Without Cable
For those that don’t want to read a long post, I summarized the important details below. If you want more information on watching NFL Live Streaming Football without cable, there is more information after the summary.
Watch NFL Live Streaming Online Summary
Basically, Sunday day games will air on FOX and CBS. Sunday Night Football will air on NBC. While Monday Night Football will require ESPN. Meanwhile, Thursday Night games will air games on a mix of NBC and CBS. However, all those games will be simulcast on NFL Network. In the summary below I’ll cover the cheapest way to line up all these networks.
1. You can get full access to ESPN and NFL Network online and tons more sports content through Sling TV. ESPN is available through Sling TV’s Orange Package, while NFL Network is available on their Blue Package. Both packages cost $40 per month and will give you Monday and Thursday Night football via ESPN and NFL Network without requiring a cable TV or satellite subscription.
Sling TV offers the following for football fans :
- Monday Night Football through ESPN on their Orange Package
- NFL Network on the Blue Package to catch the Thursday Night Games
- Sunday Night Football on NBC through the Blue Package in Chicago (WMAQ), New York (WNBC), San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose (KNTV), Los Angeles (KNBC), Philadelphia (WCAU), Dallas/Fort Worth (KXAS), Washington DC (WRC), Miami/Fort Lauderdale (WTVJ), San Diego (KNSD), Boston (WBTS) and Hartford/New Haven (WVIT)
- Sunday Day Games on FOX through the Blue Package in Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte N.C., Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Gainesville, Fla., Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pa., Phoenix, San Francisco, Tampa, Fla. and Washington D.C.
2. Your local NFL team’s games will be available for free, over the air. That means you simply need a TV antenna. Furthermore, Sunday Night Football is carried by NBC. NBC also airs five Thursday Night Football games. Five other Thursday Night games air on CBS. You will need NFL Network for all other Thursday Night Games.
The Thursday Night games on each of those networks are as follows:
Thursday Night Football On CBS: Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, and Week 8
Thursday Night Football On NBC: Week 10, Week 11, Week 13, Week 14, and Week 15
You can read the first part of the article below for TV antenna suggestions or check out my HD antenna guide for more information. If you are unable to use a TV antenna, check out the section below on PlayStation Vue. They do offer some local FOX, NBC, CBS markets.
If you are having trouble getting CBS, CBS All Access will be nfl live streaming games airing on CBS in over 150 local markets.
3. For everything else, there is NFL Game Pass. NFL Game Pass costs $99 dollars for the season for U.S. customers. This provides all games, all season, but there is a catch. You can’t watch live on devices in the United States. However, you can watch every NFL Game live on Game Pass if you are using a device outside of the U.S.
You can simulate your computer being outside the U.S. very easily using a Smart DNS service. I use a service called Overplay to watch baseball online since MLB has similar black-out rules. I also go into a bit of detail on this later in the article.
Here are the delay rules for NFL Game Pass for those living in the United States:
Sunday morning and afternoon games (9:30am ET, 1pm ET & 4pm ET) are available at the conclusion of all Sunday 4pm ET games, and Sunday night, Monday night, Thursday and Saturday NFL games are available following the conclusion of the applicable game telecast. However, if you are accessing NFL Game Pass through a free trial, Thursday night games will not be available until 3 days after the telecast.
Are You Ready for Some Football without Cable
The word is out. You can watch TV without cable and still enjoy your favorite shows without paying thousands to cable and satellite TV companies. Watching NFL live streaming football without cable is no exception. Your local NFL team can be viewed on TV by simply using an antenna, but there are ways to watch the NFL online as well (which I’ll get to in a moment).
Living just outside Baltimore, I can watch all 16 regular season Ravens games, and their postseason games as well with my Mohu Sky 60 antenna. Whether your local NFL team is playing home or away, on Monday Night Football, Thursday Night Football, or Sunday Night Football, your local affiliate should be broadcasting the game over the air (OTA).
Additionally, since broadcast TV is less compressed, the picture will be of much higher quality than what you are used to with cable and satellite TV. I’d much rather watch football OTA. Watching on cable or satellite just feels grainy by comparison.
Sunday Night Football is carried by NBC and all but 4 Thursday Night Football games are going to be aired on a combination of CBS and NBC for the 2016 NFL season. Therefore a TV antenna will provide you with a means to watch the game regardless of which teams are playing. But what if you want to watch Monday Night Football Online on ESPN and your local team isn’t playing?
What if you want to watch Thursday Night Football Online on NFL network? What if you want to watch every second of every single game involving every team at the same time while juggling chainsaws and riding a unicycle?
While I can’t help with the juggling and unicycle, in this article I’ll cover the available options to watch all the football you want without a cable or satellite subscription.
NFL On PlayStation Vue
PlayStation VUE also provides NFL Network and ESPN in their “Core Package” for $44.99 per month. The VUE also has ESPN rivaling Sling TV when it comes to watching prime time football.
PlayStation VUE also offers the Live Local Affiliates for the following broadcast networks in the following markets:
CBS: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Harrisburg, Hartford/New Haven, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, and West Palm Beach.
FOX: Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Gainesville, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Tampa, and Washington DC
NBC: Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Hartford/New Haven, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington DC
NFL Game Pass
The NFL announced that is will nfl live stream all 256 NFL regular season games, all preseason games, playoffs and Super Bowl for the 2017-2018 season with NFL Game Pass.
Currently, NFL Game Pass will be available on iPad, iPhone, Android Tablets and Phones, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Roku, and Apple TV. More devices are to follow.
In the past NFL Game Pass was only open to people living outside the US. Now it appears people living within the U.S. will be able to enjoy NFL live streaming as well. Unfortunately, there is a slight blackout delay. If you read the fine print on the NFL Game Pass Website . . .
*NFL Game Pass includes live access to most preseason games. Such live preseason games do not include all nationally-broadcast preseason games and any preseason games televised in a user’s local market. Preseason games that are not available live in NFL Game Pass will be made available on-demand in the NFL Game Pass archives shortly after the conclusion of the original telecast. NFL Game Pass does not include live regular season, playoff, and Super Bowl game broadcasts. Access to these games is available within NFL Game Pass on an on-demand basis in the NFL Game Pass archives after such games have aired on broadcast television. Sunday morning and afternoon games (9:30am ET, 1pm ET & 4pm ET) are available at the conclusion of all Sunday 4pm ET games, and Sunday night, Monday night, Thursday and Saturday NFL games are available following the conclusion of the applicable game telecast. NFL Game Pass is unavailable during the telecast of the Super Bowl. Some 2009 regular season games are not available. NFL Game Pass is only available to users within the United States, Bermuda, Antigua, the Bahamas, any U.S. territories, possessions and commonwealths (including American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands), and Mexico.**Some live Preseason games may not be available live on phones, but will always be available in the archives.
Now that we’ve all gone cross-eyed, I’ll sum up what that means in English. Essentially, for the regular season, you have to wait until the 4 pm EST Sunday games are completed before you can watch the 1 pm and 4 pm Sunday games.
Any Night games (whether Sunday, Monday, Thursday or Saturday) will be available at the conclusion of the game. Preseason games will be live, except if they are televised in your local market. Then they will be available once the telecast has concluded.
NFL Live Streaming Game Pass will provide the following functionality and more . . .
- The ability to connect to multiple devices
- Turn scores on and off to avoid spoilers
- Condensed game versions that are about 30 minutes long
- Full replay of every game from 2009 until present day
- Coaches Film
- DVR Controls