Ready for game day? Find the best places to stream NFL games live
We’re in the midst of the NFL season, and it has been action-packed so far. Players are still making explosive plays even during a pandemic. There have been big moves, scheduling meltdowns thanks to virus outbreaks, and some of the best football in the past few years.
One of the most significant losses heading into the season was the NFL Streams subreddit. It was a safe haven for free out-of-market games. If you only watch the three free night games each week, you miss about 80% of the season.
Did you miss Seattle Seahawks’ wide receiver D.K. Metcalf chase down Arizona Cardinal safety Budda Baker to prevent a ninety-yard pick-six? Hopefully, you didn’t because it was the Sunday night game. But there are plenty of other highlights from the season you could have missed. Here are all the best places to watch NFL games.
“Hulu has live sports”
The commercial says it all, “Hulu has live sports”, but it’s not the best option. A subscription to Hulu + Live TV is $54.99 a month, and it will still restrict you to your local coverage. So if you’re out of your favorite team’s market, Hulu might not be your best option.
A benefit with Hulu + Live TV is you can pick your favorite teams and get notified when their games start. You also get 50 hours of DVR space and can upgrade to 200 hours. The standard is about par with other TV providers.
As much as some people make fun of YouTube TV, it’s surprisingly the best option. The service costs $64.99. Compared to Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV is like the premium tier at a company like Direct TV or Verizon.
For $10 more, you get twenty more channels, an extra device to simultaneously watch on, unlimited DVR space, and the NFL, NBA, and MLB league networks. There are also no hidden fees on YouTube TV. You can also add NFL RedZone for an additional cost.
FuboTV is the most like dealing with your typical TV provider. Every package is the same, but you pay more for the ability to pay for add ons. The base package is $64.99 and comes with 113 channels. The next tier up is $79.99, and for an additional $5, you can buy forty-seven “entertainment” channels, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL league channels, or for $10.99 get all the additional sports channels plus NFL RedZone.
FuboTV is a great option if you’re willing to splurge. It is also for those who love every sport as the highlight is golf & tennis coverage. If you’re just in it for the NFL, though, take your business somewhere else.
NFL Game Pass
If you’re the ultimate NFL fan, then the NFL Game Pass is for you. You won’t have access to every live game, but you can replay every game. You can either watch the entire broadcast or a condensed forty-five-minute version. You also receive the Coaches Film. This exclusive access allows subscribers to break down each play with the twenty different angles the coaches utilize when dissecting game footage.
If you love shows & documentaries about football, the NFL Game Pass gives you access to the NFL Network’s original library, including past seasons of Hard Knocks & A Football Life.
The NFL Game Pass’s billing also works a little bit differently compared to others on this list. There are two billing options: a yearly rate of $74.99 or three installments of $29.99. The subscription renews on July 31st, just in time for the following season’s training camps. So, you might not get the full value at the halfway point of the season.
Amazon Prime Video
As part of being a subscriber to Amazon Prime or just Amazon Prime Video, your subscription comes with free access to Thursday Night Football. The Thursday night game is usually on the NFL Network, which most TV providers give you and your local Fox station, which is available through basic cable.
Amazon Prime Video only costs $8.99 but is more or less a way to keep you on the app. It figures you’ll finish the game and see a new Amazon Original and start watching it. It’s not the worse addition, but if you’re probably adding it for reasons other than football. And if you’re only getting Prime Video, just fork over the extra money for Amazon Prime.
If these options don’t fit your budget, then check out some free streaming sites at the end of this linked article.