Watch NFL Games Live Stream Without Cable

Streaming services can help you get all the NFL games and other sports

Football fans who have decided to cut the cable cord have plenty of options for streaming NFL action this season. (Too many options, some of us might argue.) With the right streaming services, you can watch Sunday afternoon games on CBS and Fox, Sunday Night Football” on NBC, and Monday Night Football” on ESPN.

If you want to watch Thursday Night Football,” once again you’ll need an Amazon Prime subscription; it’s no longer spread across Prime, Fox, and the NFL Network.

Well, sort of. Just like last year, the first game, on Sept. 7, was actually on NBC (and Peacock); Amazon’s first Thursday night game is a week later, on Sept. 14. Also, the trio of week 12 gameson Thanksgiving, Nov. 23will be shown across CBS, Fox, and NBC instead of Amazon. However, this year Amazon gets a game on Black Friday, Nov. 24, featuring the NY Jets (and hopefully, an uninjured Aaron Rodgers at quarterback) against the Miami Dolphins.

Additionally, some games will be available on newer streaming services, such as Paramount+ (CBS/Viacom) and Peacock, from NBCUniversal.

If you’re using a cable replacement streaming service, you may already have access to a decent number of games, as well as Super Bowl LVIII, which will be broadcast on CBS on Feb. 11. Nickelodeon will also offer a kid-friendly version of Super Bowl LVIII, with both feeds being streamed on Paramount+.

However, live local channels aren’t available on all cable replacement streaming services in all markets. You’ll need these channels to watch games in your area, so review the channel lineups before subscribing to a service such as DirecTV Stream, FuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, or YouTube TV.

Here are just a couple more notes before we list all your streaming options.

First perhaps the biggest news is that the rights to NFL Sunday Ticket which gives you access to all out-of-market games is now the property of YouTube TV. (See the listing for YouTube TV below for more details.) The good news is that it’s a bit cheaper under YouTube TV than it was when you had to get it through DirecTV.

For those who don’t mind watching games on a phone or tablet the NFL’s own paid service NFL+ lets subscribers access live in-market Sunday afternoon games as well as national games in prime time on Sunday Monday and Thursday nights with one key caveat—they can only be viewed on a mobile device.

We’re still waiting to see whether Fox will be showing any Sunday games this year in 4K HDR or high dynamic range as it did last year with some playoff games and Super Bowl LVII. (The games were actually produced in 1080p; Fox then upconverted them for viewers with 4K HDR TVs.)

As for watching any of the games give your set a tuneup to make your TV picture look its best this season. Need to upgrade your streaming media device? You can see some of our top picks below.

NFL Games Live Stream

Amazon Prime
Thursday Night Football games used to be split across three networks/services but starting last year Amazon Prime became the exclusive home for Thursday night NFL action. This year Amazon’s first broadcast is Sept. 14. It’s part of a long-term deal that runs through 2032 giving Amazon and its subsidiary Twitch the right to stream the nationally broadcast “TNF game each week. You’ll still be able to watch free over-the-air broadcasts for the teams in each of their local markets.

This season “TNF is expanding to 16 games with former Sunday Night Football announcer Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit announcing the game. Amazon will also get a game on Black Friday (Nov. 24) but it won’t have any playoff games this year. Those will air on ABC/ESPN CBS/Paramount+ Fox and NBC/Peacock.

Amazon Prime costs $139 a year but you can pay $9 a month for a standalone Amazon Prime Video membership that gets you the NFL games.

Sign up here: Amazon Prime Video

DirecTV Stream
DirecTV Stream is the streaming version of the DirecTV satellite service replacing AT&T TV and AT&T TV Now.

DirecTV Stream plans start at $75 per month for a package with about 65 channels. You can watch NFL games on all four broadcast networks ABC CBS Fox and NBC in most markets plus ESPN. The service also recently added the NFL Network and NFL RedZone. The only games you won’t get are the exclusive “Thursday Night Football games on Amazon.

Sign up here: DirecTV Stream

ESPN+
Starting this year the $10-a-month ESPN+ streaming service will show a handful of Monday night games plus one divisional and one wild card playoff game in January. It’s also the exclusive home to an international NFL game on Oct. 1 which will be played at London’s Wembley Stadium.

ESPN+ is also available as part of a Disney/Hulu bundle for $13 a month. However the standalone price for ESPN+ is going up to $11 a month starting in October while the bundle jumps to $15 a month.

Sign up here: ESPN+

FuboTV
The sports-centric FuboTV costs $75 a month for its least expensive plan. With it you get games on CBS Fox and NBC in many markets along with ESPN.

NFL RedZone with game highlights and replays from every Sunday game can be added as part of FuboTV’s $11-per-month Sports Plus add-on pack or the pricier ($100 a month) Ultimate plan.

Sign up here: FuboTV

Hulu + Live TV
Priced at $70 per month with ads (and $76 without) Hulu’s live TV service called Hulu + Live TV provides access to ABC CBS Fox and NBC local broadcasts in many markets.

However Disney will be raising the price of Hulu + Live TV with ads to $77 a month in October while the ad-free version jumps to $90 a month.

You can also get CBS Sports ESPN and Fox Sports as well as the NFL Network though like other services Hulu + Live TV no longer carries Thursday night games. You can add NFL RedZone for an additional $10 per month as part of a sports add-on pack.

Sign up here: Hulu + Live TV

Network Apps
If you subscribe to a cable or satellite TV service you may be able to watch football when you’re on the go by using a network’s mobile app. The following apps all require authentication meaning you need to be a cable or satellite subscriber.

CBS Sports: In addition to people who sign up for Paramount+ the network lets “authenticated CBS viewers anyone who gets CBS through a pay TV service stream games via the CBS Sports app and online at CBS.com. Paramount+ subscribers can also use the CBS Sports app.

Fox Sports: The Fox Sports app offers live coverage of local-market games and regional sports networks. You can also access the games through most cable-style streaming services such as FuboTV Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV. You can watch NFL games via FoxSports.com on your laptop or tablet and some streaming devices including Amazon Fire TV Apple TV Chromecast and Roku. You get access only to the channels in your TV lineup.

NBC Sports: NBC will stream every 2023 “Sunday Night Football game live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App. Both require authentication proving that you have a subscription to a cable TV satellite or streaming cable-replacement service and both will let you watch football on an Android or iOS smartphone or tablet a computer a Samsung smart TV many streaming players and Xbox game consoles. The games will also be available on NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service (see below).

NFL Network: This year the NFL Network will air five games on Oct. 8 and 15 and Nov. 5 12 and 24. Four are international games played either in London or Frankfurt Germany. NFL Network is available on many of the cable-style streaming services such as DirecTV Stream FuboTV Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV.

ESPN App: ESPN’s mobile app delivers “Monday Night Football along with shows such as “SportsCenter once you authenticate that you get ESPN via a paid TV service.

NFL+
Basically NFL Game Pass which used to let you watch pretty much any game you wanted but only after the game’s original broadcast is over has now morphed into NFL+ the league’s new streaming service. It also replaces the NFL Mobile app which allowed you to watch live games on a mobile device.

There are two pricing tiers. The basic NFL+ plan costs $7 a month and lets you watch games including Thursday Night Football live on a smartphone or tablet. You also get access the on-demand NFL Films library. NFL+ Premium costs $15 a month and adds full-game and condensed-game replays plus access to the Coaches Film (all the plays from each game).

One other note: It appears that you won’t be able to cast games to your TV from a mobile device if you were thinking that was a way around the mobile-only limitation.

Sign up here: NFL+

Paramount+
If you like watching Sunday afternoon football games you’ll want access to CBS. Cord-cutters can use the company’s Paramount+ streaming service (previously called CBS All Access) which offers access to the entire CBS NFL football season plus the upcoming Super Bowl LVIII.

In addition to regional AFC Sunday afternoon games you also get an AFC wild card showdown AFC divisional playoff contests and the AFC Championship game. (A second wild card game will be added to the CBS Sports lineup during the 2024 2029 and 2033 seasons.) Also included are all NFL-related pregame shows including “The NFL on CBS plus “Inside the NFL which has moved from Showtime to Paramount+.

The games will be available on both the $6-a-month ad-supported Paramount+ service and the $12-a-month mostly ad-free Paramount+ With Showtime version. You can also stream games on mobile devices.

Sign up here: Paramount+

Peacock
Peacock a streaming service from NBCUniversal lets you stream all games slated to air on NBC during the 2023 season including all Sunday Night Football games and the Thursday Night kickoff on Sept. 7.

Peacock will also exclusively air the Jan. 13 wild card playoff game.

The ad-supported Peacock Premium service costs $6 a month. The $12-a-month ad-free Premium Plus tier removes the ads but only on nonlive programming.

Peacock has added some 4K movies to its lineup recently but NBC hasn’t yet said whether it will offer any NFL games in 4K this year.

Sign up here: Peacock

Sling TV
Sling TV is a mixed bag for football fans. Though it includes ABC NBC Fox the NFL Network and ESPN in many markets it lacks CBS and therefore the AFC games that CBS shows on Sunday afternoons. Also you’ll need to subscribe to both the Blue (ABC NBC Fox NFL Network) and Orange (ESPN) plans to get all the games. The good news is that since last year Sling has added ABC so you can watch some of the Monday Night Football games simulcast on ABC.

Sling Orange now costs $40 a month and Sling Blue costs $45 a month but you can get a combined plan for $60 a month. You can add NFL Red Zone as part of an $11-a-month Sports Extra add-on.

Sign up here: Sling TV

YouTube TV
YouTube TV offers 70-plus channels including all the major broadcast networks plus the ESPN networks and Fox Sports for $73 per month. So YouTube TV subscribers should have access to all the NFL action except for “TNF on Amazon.

It also has the NFL Network plus the ability to add NFL RedZone in the Sports Plus tier for an additional $11 per month.

But perhaps the biggest news is that YouTube TV is the exclusive home to NFL Sunday Ticket an add-on that lets you watch all out-of-market games. There’s a $50-off promotion if you order by Sept. 30 so a full year will cost $299 instead of $349 when you bundle it with YouTube TV. A bundled plan with NFL RedZone is $339 instead of $389.

If you just want NFL Sunday Ticket without YouTube TV it costs $399 or $439 with NFL Red Zone. Those prices also jump up at the end of September.[Source]

Sign up here: YouTube TV