How to Watch the NFL Playoffs Online without Cable

By August 27, 2017 One Comment

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Editor’s Note: Live outside of the USA and want to watch the NFL Playoffs online? Click here to try NFL Game Pass International so you don’t miss a game. 

The NFL Playoffs are a can’t miss event for football fans. Every weekend, it’s win or go home for the league’s best teams as they march toward the Super Bowl. Many of our readers are wondering how to watch NFL Playoffs online, so we put together this handy guide to help out. Keep reading to learn how you can stream NFL Playoffs online, without cable TV!

For those who have cut the cord and no longer have cable TV, there are plenty of legal options to watch the NFL Playoffs live streaming so you never miss a play. Check out our full guide below.


Watch NFL Playoffs Online with DIRECTV NOW

There are now several ways to enjoy a NFL Playoffs live stream, but one good way is to use a streaming service known as DIRECTV NOW. This live streaming services offers some fantastic deals on some great channel packages. Here’s how it works:

  • DIRECTV NOW is an online streaming service (similar to Netflix but with live TV channels)
  • Does not require cable or satellite subscriptions
  • It works over the internet, so you can watch from anywhere
  • Plans start at $35 a month for 60+ channels
  • You can get up to 100+ channels in the larger packages
  • You can watch all these channels live, anywhere you have internet
  • You can watch on computers, smartphones, tablets, streaming devices and more

A device like an Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV stick, etc will let you watch NFL Playoffs games online, directly on your flatscreen. You can also watch on the go with your smartphone or computer. This flexibility is a huge advantage of this service.

The NFL Playoffs networks include ESPN, NBC (home of the Super Bowl), FOX, and CBS. These channels are included in DIRECTV NOW’s channel offerings, which means the majority of the Playoffs can be streamed via DIRECTV NOW. However, do note that NBC and FOX are only live in select areas, whereas ESPN is live nationwide. But even if you don’t live in one of the markets where your local FOX and NBC stations are included, you can still download the FOX Sports Go and NBC Sports apps on your streaming device, login with your DIRECTV NOW credentials, and watch the games live in any market in the US. As for CBS, DIRECTV NOW announced in August 2017 it would be adding the channel in many markets, so check availability in your area.

Check out our DIRECTV NOW review for details on the service.

You can also watch NFL Playoffs online free for a week with their free 7-day trial.


Use Sling TV to Stream NFL Playoffs Online without Cable

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Sling TV is a popular online streaming service that’s been around for nearly 2 years now. It’s the most established live streaming service out there, and also one of the most affordable. As low as $20 a month, it’s one of the cheapest options to watch NFL Playoff game online. You can watch on almost any device, so it’s very flexible.

Like DIRECTV NOW, Sling TV works over the internet. It lets you stream 30+ channels for $20 a month. For the most channels, you’ll want Sling Orange+Blue for $40 a month. Key channels offered include ESPN/ESPN2, NBC and FOX, all of which will be useful for NFL Playoffs streaming. Again, NBC and FOX are only in some areas. Check our Sling TV review for more info.

Sling TV usually offers a few great limited-time deals, including a free Roku device, or a discounted Apple TV device so check those links for any current offers they may be running. These deals require a certain commitment, usually of 3 months of service. Beyond that, Sling TV is contract-free. There’s also a free 7-day trial available that will let you watch the NFL Playoffs online free for a week.


Use CBS All Access to Watch CBS-Hosted Playoffs Games

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CBS All Access is a streaming service designed for fans of CBS shows. It offers on-demand access to 8,500+ episodes of hit CBS shows. So what does this have to do with NFL Playoffs streaming? Well, it was recently announced that CBS will now make all CBS-hosted NFL games available via the CBS All Access service. This is great news for football fans, particularly considering CBS will host several NFL Playoffs games.

CBS All Access (review here) is available for as low as $5.99 a month, with no contract required. This is far from a complete solution for NFL Playoff streaming, as it only covers the CBS-hosted games, but it’s a great method nonetheless. There’s a free 7-day trial available, as well.


Use PlayStation Vue to Watch NFL Playoffs Online

PlayStation Vue reviewPlayStation Vue is another streaming service that is similar to Sling TV and DIRECTV NOW. It works on most devices, including PlayStation consoles, Roku, Apple TV, etc. Plans start from $39.99 a month, and include local channels like NBC, CBS, and FOX in many markets. ESPN is included in all packages and markets.

Despite the moniker, you don’t need a PlayStation to watch Vue. Beyond being on PS3 and PS4 consoles, you can access Vue on most streaming players (e.g. Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, etc.), smart phones, tablets, and computers, giving you a number of ways to stream NFL Playoff games without cable.


Watch NFL Playoffs Online Free with a Digital Antenna

Surprisingly, it’s actually possible to catch a NFL Playoffs live stream for free, using a digital antenna. Most games will air on NBC, FOX, or CBS, which are all over-the-air networks. Using a good quality digital antenna, you’ll be able to catch these games live with no subscription required. ESPN-hosted games will not be available via antenna, however.

Again, this is not a complete football playoffs streaming solution, but hey – it’s free!


Catch Up with On-Demand Games via NFL Game Pass

NFL Game Pass is the NFL’s official streaming service. It’s a solid way to catch up on games you may have missed. Basically, games are uploaded to the service shortly after the game airs. So, you won’t be able to watch a NFL Playoffs live stream with this service, but instead, you’ll catch the games on-demand at your convenience.


(International) Use NFL Game Pass International to Stream Playoff Games Live

If you’re an NFL fan living outside of the USA, you can use the international version of NFL Game Pass. The difference with this version vs. the USA version is that NFL Game Pass International lets you stream games live. So, this is a true NFL Playoff live stream option.

The NFL Playoffs are sure to be as epic as ever. If you’re like me, you can’t wait for the action to begin. Hopefully, you now feel fully prepared to watch the NFL Playoffs online without cable!

Looking for more details on watching sports without cable- including regular season NFL games? Check out our full guide on how to watch sports online.

Austin Meadows

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  • Vincent says:

    Thanks for writing this! Just got done signing up for DIRECTV Now & CBS All Access, and I’m about to cancel Sling. $41 essentially for access to all NFL games as well as a better channel lineup than my cable provider offers anywhere near that price range.

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