The 2019-20 NFL season is underway! The first slate of Sunday games across the country have now kicked off and whether you have cable or not, there are tons of options you may want to know about — both free and paid platforms — in order to watch NFL games and NFL RedZone on Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays throughout the football season.
The best options for paid streaming services, ranked
Paid services often have the best and most reliable live streams for NFL games, so if you don’t want to worry about finding a new bootleg live stream infested with popup ads and low quality output on your computer each week, your best bet might be to sign up for one of the following paid services. Lucky for you, some of them even offer free trials so that you can try them out before you decide to commit. Several websites like Mashable and PC Magazine have already ranked these paid services and determined which ones are the best for sports and NFL fans, so we’ll just give you our Top three picks as the best options for fans in the Pacific Northwest. Most of these services can be watched through your Smart TV, or on a regular TV with the aid of a streaming device like a Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and other streaming devices, or also with your computer or mobile phone:
No. 1 — FuboTV (free 7-day trial, then $54.99/month)
Not only does FuboTV have every game being broadcast in your local market on NFL Sundays – games for FOX and CBS being broadcast depend on what region you are in – so that you can watch your favorite team, they also happen to have the RedZone channel. RedZone lets the fantasy football and action junkies get their fix each Sunday with nothing but highlights of touchdowns and the best plays of the day as they happen from 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET up until the start of Sunday Night Football.
FuboTV also happens to be the only streaming service listed here that allows you to stream live video in 4K. Everybody else is playing catchup, so if that’s important to your viewing experience, there’s really no other option that can beat this platform. The only drawback of FuboTV is that they do not carry ESPN, so that means no Monday Night Football. Still, if watching games on Sunday is more of what you are about, the best option is FuboTV.
- Try out Fubo TV on a free trial starting Sunday, watch all games and see if it works for you
No. 2 — Hulu (free 7-day trial, then $44.99/month)
With Hulu you get a ton of live sports and basically everything described above that Fubo has but you won’t get 4K streaming. On the other hand, you will get ESPN. You’ll have to decide if that’s important to you.
No. 3 — YouTube TV (free 21-day trial if you sign up before 9/9/19, then $49.99/month)
YouTube TV makes this list because of their huge trial period they are currently offering. This service is basically the same thing as what Hulu is offering, but its $5 more expensive than Hulu. Also, YouTube TV is not currently supported on Amazon Fire TV devices and Amazon smart TVs, but it will be added to its list of supported devices later this year, Google revealed in a July 2019 news release.
- More: A look at the other top-ranked sports and TV streaming services for 2019-20
Do you have an Amazon Prime membership? You can watch most Thursday Night Football games for free
That’s right! If you have an Amazon Prime membership, or if you want to to sign up for one, you can watch most of the NFL’s Thursday Night Football games for free on your mobile device, computer or even on your TV. The first game available on Prime is on September 26, but here’s the complete schedule of games that will be available in case you want to keep track:
- 26-Sep — Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers
- 3-Oct — Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks
- 10-Oct — New York Giants vs. New England Patriots
- 17-Oct — Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos
- 24-Oct — Washington Redskins vs. Minnesota Vikings
- 31-Oct — San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals
- 7-Nov — Los Angeles Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders
- 14-Nov — Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns
- 21-Nov — Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans
- 5-Dec — Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears
- 12-Dec — New York Jets vs. Baltimore Ravens
But Thursday Night Football begins well before September 26 with a matchup between the Buccaneers and Panthers on September 12, and then the Titans take on the Jaguars on September 19. Both games are expected to kick off at 8:20pm ET/5:20pm PT on the NFL Network and you can watch those ones for free!
If you are on the go, or don’t mind watching on your phone or computer, it appears you can watch all of the NFL Network exclusive Thursday night football games for FREE on the NFL app, through Yahoo! Sports online and through some Yahoo! apps (like the Yahoo Fantasy Football app, for example) and through some Verizon Media properties. Here’s the complete list of Thursday Night Football games so that yo u can check if they are NFL exclusive and know in advance in case you want to watch one of these games.
The HD antennae is the best way to watch NFL games for FREE
If you don’t already have one, another way to watch a few games for free this season — including every Sunday Night Football game — is by purchasing an HD antennae. An HD antennae will get you those Sunday night games and will also get you any games being broadcast on Sunday afternoon in your local market on both the CBS and FOX channels.
A solid and well-rated HDTV antenna can be purchased for under $30. This BuKee brand HDTV antennae is currently the top selling HDTV antennae product on Amazon and is only $29.99 and ships quickly with Prime. So, if you have a Prime account, you should be able to get it and be watching NFL games as soon as it arrives.
Have any other ideas on free ways to watch NFL games during the football season? Hop in our comments section and post your suggestions to keep the conversation going.
— Tim Brown, The Oregonian/OregonLive | @timfsbrown
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