Football Season has arrived and there are more ways than ever to watch the game you want to see. You no longer need to scramble is desperation looking for the game you know is on somewhere. Be NFL prepared this season by checking out the 5 great ways to watch you favorite football games from anywhere, below.
1. DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket via Streaming
DirecTV, now part of AT&T, re-upped its deal with the NFL, so once again the satellite company has the exclusive rights to NFL Sunday Ticket, which offers every Sunday afternoon out-of-market game. But one new twist is that even those of us who can’t install a satellite dish can get the football package via a streaming service. That includes anyone living in an apartment, condominium or townhouse, or even a private home with an obstruction that prevents satellite TV reception. There are three options: Streaming games to a computer, phone, or tablet, which costs $200 ($50 per month for four months); streaming games via a game console or Roku for $260 for the season; and a combination package of the two, plus the Red Zone Channel and Fantasy Zone, for $360 for the season. Active students at four-year universities nationwide can get a discounted student price of $100—$25 per month—for the season.
Of course, you only get the Sunday games, so you’ll need to find a way to watch ESPN and CBS for Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football, respectively.
2. Game Consoles and Sports Apps
- Xbox One. Microsoft is no stranger to the NFL (its Surface tablets are used by coaches during every game), and the Xbox One’s deep integration with the NFL’s app is a pleasing outcome of the companies’ 5-year partnership. If you have the NFL app and a subscription to NFL Network, you can watch Thursday Night Football or have your local broadcast pinned to the screen while you check out live scores, stats, and stay on top of your fantasy football team. NFL Sunday Ticket is also available.
- PlayStation 4. Sony’s PlayStation Vue offers a streaming TV package starting at $50 per month, and can function as your cable provider when apps such as Fox Sports Go ask for subscription verification. You can get NFL games on the CBS, NBC, and Fox broadcast channels, including Sunday Night Football, but ABC and ESPN are currently missing from the Vue experience. You can also stream out-of-market games using DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket.
- NBC Sports Extra Live. If you want to use NBC’s streaming service to watch a game on the go, you’ll need an existing cable subscription. The app will stream NBC’s Sunday Night Football games, four playoff games, and Super Bowl 50 through your tablet, computer, Apple TV, or Roku.
- Fox Sports Go. Yes, Fox’s over-the-air broadcast is free, but just as with NBC’s app, you’ll need to prove you have a pay-TV subscription to use the app. What’s worse is that you’re limited to streaming local-market games, even though Fox streams 104 games over the course of the season. You can only watch it on your laptop or tablet, not on a phone or console.
- WatchESPN. ESPN’s mobile app brings Monday Night Football, 10 ESPN channels, and shows like SportsCenter to your streaming device. There are a few caveats. For one, Monday Night Football isn’t available for streaming on phones. For another, ABC/Disney is missing on PlayStation Vue, so no ESPN. Finally, you need to prove you have a pay-TV subscription to use the app.
3. Sling TV With ESPN
Getting sports channels such as ESPN used to be one thing that kept people tied to their traditional cable TV packages. Not any more. Sling TV’s $20-per-month subscription includes ESPN and ESPN2, so you can get Monday Night Football. You’ll also get a lot of college football games on the channel, plus updates, sports scores, and game highlights from ESPN’s Sports Center show. Want more than the NFL? You can sign up for the sports package, which gives you channels such as ESPNU and Universal Sports Network for $5 extra each month. Sling TV is available on Mac and PC computers, Android and iOS mobile devices, plus Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Nexus Player streaming media devices, and through the Xbox game system.
4. NFL Mobile on Verizon
One of the best deals in football—provided you’re a Verizon customer—is the company’s NFL Mobile service, especially now that Verizon has dropped the $5-per-month fee. Every game isn’t available, but the service lets Verizon customers stream many local and national NFL games from Monday Night Football, Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football, NFL on Fox, and NFL on CBS, to your phone. You still have to pay $2 a month to add NFL Red Zone, which features every touchdown from every game on Sunday.
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