How to Watch the NFL Preseason Online without Cable

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Watch NFL Preseason Online

It’s finally (almost) time for football season, and if you’re anything like me, you can’t wait! Luckily, we have warmups right around the corner, with the NFL Preseason kicking off in early August. Preseason games certainly don’t carry as much weight as regular season games, but they are a very important piece of the puzzle. And for fans, this is the first chance to see new players in action and new strategies tested out. For many, this season will also bring something else new: a new way to watch NFL Preseason games without cable TV!

Many of us are fed up with the outrageous costs of cable TV, so millions have made the switch over to more affordable alternatives. Sports fans tend to be the last to jump ship, out of fear of losing access to their favorite teams. Luckily, things are starting to change, and it’s now completely possible to watch NFL Preseason online, without paying a fortune for cable. Whether you’re looking to stream preseason games for a specific team, or scout the whole league, there’s a method for you. Keep reading for the best NFL Preseason streaming options this year.


Watch NFL Preseason Live Stream via NFL Game Pass


NFL Game Pass is the official online streaming service of the NFL itself. It’s a great service for football fans, and is particularly useful during the preseason. During the NFL Preseason, NFL Game Pass will provide live access to every out-of-market game!

Out-of-market means games that are not airing in your local area. If you live near your team, live games will be blacked out – but you can still watch on-demand the same day the game airs. So regardless of where you live, you can get access to EVERY game durnig the preseason – some live, some on-demand.

Game Pass also is quite useful during the regular season and postseason, as it provides on-demand replays of ALL games. Live streaming is not available outside of the preseason, but still, if you’re into football, this is definitely a service to try out. Our NFL Game Pass review has more info.

Game Pass costs $100 for the whole season, or you can try out a free 7-day trial before committing to the full season. You can use the service on most devices, like streaming players, smartphones, tablets and more. If you’re interested, click here to start a free trial!


Watch NFL Preseason Games Online via Sling TV

Sling TV is a nifty service that offers one of the best ways to watch live TV without a cable subscription. With plans as low as $20 a month, it’s a very budget-friendly option. And with tons of useful NFL channels, Sling is useful for NFL Preseason streaming as well as regular season & postseason games. Here’s what’s offered:

  • NFL Network is offered one of Sling’s packages. This network covers 16 live NFL Preseason game live streams, plus the rest of preseason games on-demand.
  • NBC and FOX are offered in some areas, for preseason and regular season coverage
  • ESPN is offered in some packages, for Monday Night Football coverage + more
  • Other channels include CNN, AMC, HGTV, TNT and much more
  • Plans from just $20 a month, with no contract
  • There’s a free 7-day trial available

Sling offers discounted or free streaming devices for new members, which can be great for recent cord cutters who are in need of a device to use. For more info, check out our Sling TV review.

Want to watch NFL Preseason online free? Try out Sling TV’s free 7-day trial!


fuboTV Lets You Watch NFL Preseason Online

fuboTV is a sports streaming service that has changed the game for sports fans. It’s the first major cable alternative to be marketed specifically to sports fans, and it truly offers a lot to us sports junkies. With 60+ channels (more than half of which are sports networks), there’s a ton to watch!

For NFL Preseason live stream, the most important channels are NBC, FOX, CBS, and regional sports networks. These networks are offered by fuboTV in many areas around the US. Other channels include highlights like BeIN sports, FS1, NBCSN, CBSSN, FOX News, and more. Read through our full fuboTV review for the full scoop.

Want to stream NFL Preseason games online free? Try a FREE 7-day trial of fuboTV!


Access NFL Preseason Streaming via DIRECTV NOW


DIRECTV NOW is a great way to watch NFL Preseason online, regardless of which team you like to follow. The service is available nationwide, for only $35 a month, and provides more than 60 channels to watch LIVE. You use the service on streaming devices, or mobile devices.

DIRECTV NOW offers several channels that will be useful for NFL Preseason streaming. ESPN is offered nationwide, and FOX, NBC and regional sports networks are offered in many regions. See our DIRECTV NOW review for the full list (other highlights include FOX News, AMC, HGTV, TNT and more).

Right now, new users can sign up to take advantage of DIRECTV NOW’s free 7-day trial, and watch NFL Preseason live stream free for a week!


PlayStation Vue Lets You Watch NFL Preseason Without Cable

PlayStation Vue is another way to watch NFL Preseason online, without the need for cable TV. The service costs $40 a month, but does not require a contract. 45+ channels are offered in the basic package, with more available in larger channel packs.

Like DIRECTV NOW, Vue offers NBC/FOX/CBS in some markets, as well as regional sports networks. ESPN and NFL Network are also available in some packages, which adds more ways to stream NFL Preseason games. For more info, read through our PS Vue review – or, get started with a FREE 5-day trial!


Live Outside the US? Use NFL Game Pass International

If you’re reading this from abroad, most options on this page will not work for you as they are US-only. That said, you may actually have a better option! NFL Game Pass International is offered to folks who live outside of the US, and it’s one of the best options available. It provides both live and on-demand streaming of NFL games all season long, both during preseason and regular season! Click here to learn more.


What Channel do NFL Preseason Games Air On?

NFL Preseason coverage is split between big networks like NBC, FOX, CBS, NFL Network, and ESPN. Live coverage is split between all of these networks, while NFL Network will host replays of all 65 games of the preseason. That means NFL Network technically has the most preseason coverage, but only 16 of those games are live – the rest are replays. You can watch most of these channels with a service like Sling TV, or you can use NFL Game Pass, the league’s own streaming service to watch NFL games online. The full NFL Preseason schedule will also be useful.


How to Watch the NFL Preseason Online: Bottom Line

That’s a lot of information, we get it. To simplify things, these are the two primary options we recommend considering:

NFL Game Pass – $100 for the whole season – live coverage of all out-of-market preseason games – on-demand coverage of all regular season games. Free 7-day trial.

Sling TV – $25/month for package with NFL Network – live coverage of 16 preseason games – replay coverage of all preseason games. Free 7-day trial.


Any questions? Feel free to let us know in the comments!

Austin Meadows

Author Austin Meadows

Austin Meadows is a cord-cutting reporter living in the rainy but beautiful Pacific North West. Disclosure: Streaming Observer is supported by readers. Articles may contain referral links. For more information, see the disclosure at the bottom of the page.

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