How to Watch NFL Games Online without Cable (Updated for 2017)

NFL Live Stream

Fans of football know that it is used to be difficult to watch NFL online without cable. But streaming options have come a long way in recent years, and these days, it’s easier than ever before to keep up with all the gridiron action without the burden of expensive cable TV. Even if you live in an area where you can’t get antenna reception to pick up your local games on FOX, CBS, or NBC, you can still stream NFL games in a number of different ways so you don’t miss out.

Wondering how to watch NFL games online? Find out more in our detailed live streaming guide below. And if you only care about watching a specific team, we have links to our NFL streaming guides for each team at the bottom of this guide.

 

Watch the NFL Live Stream with DIRECTV NOW

Price: $35/month+ (free 7-day trial)

Key Channels Included: ESPN, FOX, NBC, ABC, (CBS coming soon)

What’s Missing?: NFL Network

Stream These NFL Games: Monday Night Football, Sunday afternoon games on FOX, Sunday Night Football

App Authentication: WatchESPN, FOX Sports Go, NBC, NBC Sports

Device Availability: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, iOS devices, Android devices, web browsers, and more.

DIRECTV NOW is a streaming service from AT&T that’s a great way to watch NFL online without cable. It brings many of the benefits of their parent satellite service to users who have or want to cut the cord. No contract is required, and plans are priced very affordably.

DIRECTV NOW starts at just $35 per month for a package of over 60 networks, including ESPN (for Monday Night Football and NFL Draft coverage), ESPN2, FOX, and more. Fans in select areas will have access to live local channels, such as FOX and NBC, to stream NFL games live. Buthere’s the good news. Even if you don’t live in one of the local markets where FOX and NBC are available, you can still watch NFL games online airing on those local channels by using your DIRECTV NOW account login to access the FOX Sports Go and NBC Sports apps.

Also, DIRECTV NOW recently announced it will be adding CBS in select markets throughout the country. While no official launch date has been announced, many believe it will be available in time for the start of the regular season. We’ll have more details on that as they are released.

So, to sum up, with DIRECTV NOW you can:

  • Watch ALL Monday Night Football games via ESPN
  • Watch Sunday football games via NBC and FOX (or NBC Sports app/FOX Sports Go app)
  • Watch tons of analytical/news coverage on ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and other sports networks
  • Watch live news on FOX News and CNN, entertainment on TBS, AMC, HGTV, etc. and much more
  • Enjoy up to 120+ channels, with no contract. You can even add HBO!

With DIRECTV NOW, you can watch live football games on streaming devices like Roku and Apple TV, mobile devices, computers, and more! It’s super easy to use, and has a familiar grid-like pattern that will be easy to adapt to for recent cord-cutters. Read our complete review of DIRECTV NOW here to learn more.

Check out the FREE 7-Day trial of DIRECTV NOW to watch NFL online free and see for yourself what this service can offer you.

Watch NFL Streaming with Sling TV

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Price: $20/month+ (free 7-day trial)

Key Channels Included: ESPN, NFL Network, FOX, NBC, ABC

What’s Missing?: CBS

Stream These NFL Games: Monday Night Football, Sunday afternoon games on FOX, Sunday Night Football, Thursday Night Football games on NBC/NFL Network (non-CBS games)

App Authentication: WatchESPN, FOX Sports Go, NBC

Device Availability: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox One, AirTV, Android TV, iOS devices, Android devices, web browsers, and more.

Sling TV is another option to watch NFL without cable. Sling offers several channels that will offer live NFL streaming, including ESPN and NFL Network nationwide, and NBC/FOX in select areas. If you don’t live in one of the markets where Sling TV carries FOX and NBC, you can still watch games airing on those local channels by logging into the FOX Sports Go and NBC apps using your account credentials. You’ll also get local/regional FOX Sports networks.

Sling TV has packages starting at $20 a month. It allows multiple simultaneous streams as well on many channels, so non-football fans can tune into their favorite shows at the same time. And there are tons of non-sports channels, like AMC, HGTV, TBS, Discovery and more. In short, it’s the cheapest way to watch NFL online.

Sling TV is available on a variety of players, including Roku and Apple TV. In fact, they offer several promotions on these players when you sign up for service, so check those out for more information – generally, they offer a free streaming device to new users who sign up and prepay for a few months in advance. To learn more, take a look at our Sling TV review.

Start out with a FREE 7-day trial of Sling TV and enjoy free NFL streaming for a week!

 

Stream NFL Games Live with fuboTV

Price: $35/month+ (free 7-day trial)

Key Channels Included: FOX, NBC

What’s Missing?: ESPN, NFL Network

Stream These NFL Games: Sunday afternoon games on FOX, Sunday Night Football, Thursday Night Football games on NBC

App Authentication: FOX Sports Go, NBC Sports

Device Availability: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, iOS devices, Android devices, web browsers, and more.

fuboTV is a streaming service that is primarily meant for sports fans. It offers 60+ channels to watch live, many of which are high quality sports networks. The service offers both NBC and FOX, so it’s useful for live NFL streaming on Sundays and for NBC’s Thursday Night Football coverage. It does not offer ESPN, however, so you can’t use it to stream NFL games on Mondays.

Like the other services we’ve discussed, fuboTV only offers FOX and NBC in select areas. However, it also allows authentication with the FOX Sports Go and NBC Sports apps, which expands coverage of these channels beyond normal covered areas. That means you’ll be able to watch NFL games online airing on those channels in your market regardless of where you live. Additionally, fuboTV recently announced it’s adding CBS to select markets in the near future, so hopefully that will come in time for the season.

Read through our fuboTV review to learn more.

You can try out a FREE 7-day trial of fuboTV to enjoy the NFL live stream free for a week!

 

Watch NFL Online with CBS All Access

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Price: $5.99/month+ (free 7-day trial)

Key Channels Included: CBS

What’s Missing?: ESPN, NFL Network, NBC, FOX

Stream These NFL Games: Sunday afternoon games on CBS, Thursday Night Football games on CBS

Device Availability: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, PS4, Xbox, iOS devices, Android devices, web browsers, and more.

Newly announced by the CBS All Access stand-alone app is the ability to stream all NFL games airing on the network. For only $5.99 a month, you can watch NFL games online without cable.

Not only will you be able to stream NFL games, you will also have access to a huge on-demand library, and new shows are available the day after they air.

CBS All Access is available with local live feeds for about 90% of the country, and the streaming area is growing. So you’ll be able to watch NFL online almost everywhere in the USA. It also works with a variety of mobile and streaming devices.

Want to know more about CBS All Access? Click here.

Start with a FREE Trial of CBS All Access to watch the NFL live stream today!

 

Stream NFL Games on PlayStation Vue

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Price: $39.99/month+ (free 5-day trial)

Key Channels Included: ESPN, NFL Network, FOX, NBC, CBS

What’s Missing?: CBS in many markets

Stream These NFL Games: Monday Night Football, Sunday afternoon games on FOX and CBS (select markets), Sunday Night Football, Thursday Night Football games on NFL Network, NBC, and CBS (select markets)

App Authentication: FOX Sports Go, NBC Sports, WatchESPN

Device Availability: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, PS3/PS4, Android TV, iOS devices, Android devices, web browsers, and more.

Another streaming option for fans is PlayStation Vue. The priciest option of the bunch, Vue’s service now starts at $39.99 per month. Local channels include NBC, ABC, FOX, and CBS in many markets, so you’ll be able to access and stream NFL games that air live.

Like the other streaming services mentioned in this article, Vue does let you authenticate the FOX Sports Go and NBC Sports apps, so even if you don’t live in one of the markets that carries those local channels, you can login to those apps to watch NFL online without cable. However, this isn’t the case with CBS, so if you don’t live in a market that carries CBS (about half the country) you’ll miss out on those games.

PlayStation Vue can be streamed on PS3/PS4, iOS and Android devices, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast.

Click to read our review of Vue. Or, start things off with a free 5-day trial to enjoy free NFL streaming for a few days!

 

Amazon Prime Now Offers Live NFL Streaming for 10 Thursday Night Football Games

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Price: $99.99/year or $8.99/month (free 30-day trial)

Key Channels Included: Amazon Prime

What’s Missing?: ESPN, NBC, CBS, FOX

Stream These NFL Games: 10 Thursday Night Football games streaming on Prime

Device Availability: Amazon Fire TV, Roku, PS3/PS4, most smart TVs, Xbox One/360, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, Android TV, iOS devices, Android devices, web browsers, and more.

In an interesting new deal, online shopping and streaming giant Amazon has partnered with the NFL to stream 10 Thursday Night Football games free to Prime subscribers. It’s a brand new way to watch NFL games online this season. Read more about the partnership here.

You’ll need to be an Amazon Prime member to enjoy the action. If you’re not already, you may want to be (and there’s a free 30-day trial available). Amazon Prime offers a massive on-demand streaming library similar to Netflix, free 2-day shipping on Amazon.com, and tons of other benefits. See our Amazon Prime review for details.

 

NFL Game Pass Lets You Watch Games On Demand

Price: $99/year or 4 payments of $29.99/month (free 7-day trial)

Stream These NFL Games: Live out-of-market preseason games, every regular season game on demand

Device Availability: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, PS4, Xbox One, Android TV, iOS devices, Android devices, and more.

Finally, there’s the NFL’s own official streaming service, Game Pass, that lets you watch NFL without cable. NFL Game Pass is $99 for the year (or you can make 4 installment payments of $29.99), and it gives football fans a pretty good bang for the buck. It’s available via the NFL app.

Here’s what you get:

  • Stream live preseason games out of market (in-market games are only available on demand)
  • Get on-demand replays of every NFL regular season game
  • Condensed game replays let you watch a full game in about 45 minutes
  • Additional camera views
  • Deep archive of past Super Bowls, Hard Knocks, A Football Life, and more for binge watching

While Game Pass isn’t for the fan who wants to watch live games on Sundays during the regular season, it is a good deal for hardcore football fans who want to catch up on games throughout the week.

Check out our NFL Game Pass review for more details.

Click here to try NFL Game Pass free for 7 days.

 

Live Outside the US? Watch NFL Games Live Online with Game Pass International

If you live outside of the USA and want to watch NFL games online? There’s an international version of NFL Game Pass available to those abroad. Here’s the main difference between Game Pass International and Game Pass Domestic — with Game Pass International you can watch football games live on your devices. In addition to getting an NFL live stream with Game Pass International you also get access to all the games on demand, a huge library of games and other football shows, and so much more.

Click here to try the NFL Game Pass international free trial.

 

What Channels are NFL Games On?

NFL scheduling is a bit complex, with multiple channels hosting games. Generally speaking, here’s how the breakdown works:

Monday Night Football airs on ESPN. You can very easily watch ESPN online via most of the services listed above, such as DIRECTV NOW (free 7-day trial).

Thursday Night Football airs primarily on NFL Network. You can watch NFL Network online nationwide via Sling TV, which offers a free 7-day trial. Some TNF games will also air on CBS or NBC. Also, new this season, 10 Thursday Night Football games will be hosted by Amazon Prime, which means existing Prime members can watch NFL online free for many games. If you’re not a Prime member, you can try the service out for free for 30 days. See the Thursday Night Football schedule for details.

Sunday Daytime Football airs on either CBS, FOX, or NBC. The CBS live stream can be viewed via CBS All Access (free 7-day trial) and PlayStation Vue in select markets. The FOX live stream and NBC stream can be viewed via many of the services described above, such as DIRECTV NOW or fuboTV.

Sunday Night Football airs on NBC. You can watch NBC online via various services, but only in select markets. We recommend using DIRECTV NOW or fuboTV for these games.

As you can see, it’s definitely possible to watch NFL without cable, and there are various ways to do just that. For all the details, check out the 2017 NFL schedule.

 

NFL Streaming Guides by Team

Arizona Cardinals

 

Los Angeles Chargers

 

Atlanta Falcons

 

Los Angeles Rams

 

Baltimore Ravens

 

Miami Dolphins

 

Buffalo Bills

 

Minnesota Vikings

 

Carolina Panthers

 

New England Patriots

 

Chicago Bears

 

New Orleans Saints

 

Cincinnati Bengals

 

New York Giants

 

Cleveland Browns

 

New York Jets

 

Dallas Cowboys

 

Oakland Raiders

 

Denver Broncos

 

Philadelphia Eagles

 

Detroit Lions

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Green Bay Packers

 

San Francisco 49ers

 

Houston Texans

 

Seattle Seahawks

 

Indianapolis Colts

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

 

Tennessee Titans

 

Kansas City Chiefs

 

Washington Redskins

 

That is everything we know about how to watch the NFL live stream without cable. If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below.

Laura LaVoie

Laura M. LaVoie resides in a 120 square foot house in the mountains of Western North Carolina. There she has a solid internet connection and access to some of the best craft beer in the country. Email her at lauralavoie@streamingobserver.com.
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