3 Ways to Watch NFL Games Without a Cable Subscription

September 16, 2016

3:00 pm

As the most watched sport in the country, football has taken over an entire day of the week. And if you haven’t noticed, the NFL has made sure that you can’t watch their games without having a cable subscription or fancy streaming package. If you’ve ever tried to illegal stream or record games without the express written consent of the NFL, you’re probably on a list somewhere in Roger Goodell’s evil lair. However, this year things have changed.

That’s right, the streaming ban has lifted for the NFL, and they have made a wide range of games available for online users without a cable hook-up. Yes, even the most powerful sports league in the world couldn’t hold out any longer. Cord-cutters and online junkies have made their stand and they’re coming in loud and clear: “we’re not watching football games on cable, and you need to figure out how to accommodate us.”

The NFL has responded in kind by offering many streaming options. So where can you find your favorite team competing on Sunday morning? Check out a few options below:


If you haven’t heard yet, Twitter signed a deal with the NFL to live stream 10 Thursday Night Football games throughout the 2016-2017 season. After their first successful stream of the Bills-Jets game last night, Twitter appears to be a viable option for your favorite Thursday night match-ups.

Unfortunately, the deal stipulated that ONLY 10 games would be streamed and obviously, you can’t go to Twitter on Sunday and hope to see your team pop up. Fortunately, there are plenty of other options.

Cable Streaming Services

A true sign of the NFL buckling to the pressure of streaming services is their willingness to put their games on cable streaming services. While channels like FOX, CBS, NBC, and ESPN used to have exclusive cable rights to the games, they have been given permission to stream the games on their respective sports sites.

Services like WatchESPN, FOX Sports Go, CBS Sports Network and NBC Sports now allow online users to watch games in their entirety on their website or in their apps. Unfortunately, you do need a cable login from a notable and specific cable provider to have access. Plus, they only play locally televised games, meaning your out-of-market team will require a little extra cash to watch.

NFL Sunday Ticket

If you really want to watch every game, this paid service is truly the only way to go. You’ll have access to every non-local game in the click of a button. And with brand new compatibility with devices like the Apple TV, you’ll have no problem getting your favorite out-of-market teams up on the big screen.

It’s important to note that you won’t be able to watch any game being locally televised. And while those games should be easily watched through the above options, make sure to plan ahead so you don’t end up with a $200 bill for something that doesn’t even work. However, if you’re a student, you can get a 50 percent discount. That’s only $100 for the entire season!

Photo: Flickr / Parket Anderson

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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable tech minds from around the world. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word "colloquially." Conor is the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at conor@tech.co.

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