The 2021 NFL season is already underway. So if you haven’t yet defined your strategy for watching NFL games live this season, now is the time. It’s time to get your tech devices and streaming connections ready, as they say, for some football.
Many NFL games are broadcast on cable TV, but if you’ve already cut the cord or don’t want to miss a single game away from home, NFL streaming is the way to go.
Are you homesick for your favorite non-market team? Want to stream a bunch of games at once and keep tabs on your fantastic choices live? Whatever your needs for watching the NFL, having the right streaming service can be a game-changer. CBS Essentials has rounded up all the streaming services that will feature NFL games in 2021, including Paramount +, Hulu, NFL Game Pass, YouTube TV, and Prime Video, along with devices that can help you watch every game of the week. NFL live on your TV.
Prepare your TV for the NFL with the Roku Express 4K Plus
The Roku Express 4K Plus offers a lot for your money when it comes to NFL streaming gadgets. Among the streaming hardware giants, the $ 29 Roku device has the most options and apps, including Hulu, Prime Video, and Apple TV. It is also compatible with Apple AirPlay, allowing you to connect your iPhone or iPad to the TV. (You can.)
Roku Express 4K Plus, $ 29 (was $ 40)
NFL Streaming Box for Apple Fans: Apple TV 4K
Apple enthusiasts, or anyone with an Apple One subscription plan, should consider watching live NFL broadcasts on a 4K Apple TV. The updated device is equipped with Dolby Vision, a new and improved Siri remote control and SharePlay, which allows you to enjoy the game with a group of friends. After the games are over, you can enjoy Apple Arcade games or stream a movie from your favorite streaming service.
Apple TV 4K, $ 169 (was $ 179)
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is a streaming device that will appeal to anyone with an Alexa-enabled home. Say goodbye to browsing channel menus. You can switch between games with the device’s voice remote (“Alexa, turn on Sunday Night Football”). It offers 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR and HDR10 + in addition to Dolby Atmos audio, as well as access to thousands of channels (some free).
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, $ 38 (was $ 50)
Here’s where to watch NFL football online in 2021
There are a number of streaming services that offer NFL football, although not all services offer all games. Here’s where you can watch NFL games during the 2021-22 season.
NFL Match Pass
NFL Game Pass is a no-brainer for many die-hard football fans. A flat fee of $ 100 per year provides streaming access to reruns of every NFL regular season game, as well as NFL Originals and NFL programs.
NFL Game Pass, $ 100 per year
Paramount + offers limited access to the NFL. A Paramount + premium subscription includes live access to your local CBS affiliate station to watch Sunday afternoon games.
(CBS Essentials and Paramount + are both subsidiaries of ViacomCBS.)
Parmount + premium subscription, $ 10 per month
A subscription to Hulu Live TV provides unlimited access to all local and national NFL games. Last month, the streaming service announced that the $ 65 per month plan now grants subscribers access to the NFL Network, a channel offering football content year-round. Watch live NFL preseason games, exclusive live NFL regular season games, studio broadcasts and a variety of original NFL-centric series.
For an additional $ 10 per month, sports fans get Hulu’s sports add-on package with NFL RedZone. It not only offers seven hours of Sunday Night Football action, but also the ability to stream all RedZone programming for the 2020 NFL season, between August 23 and September 8, before the start of the 2021 season.
Hulu Live TV, starting at $ 65 per month
YouTube TV offers similar NFL streaming coverage to Hulu, with the added bonus of easy-to-use DVR capabilities. The prices and plans are also similar to Hulu, with the basic plan being $ 65 (including NFL Network) and the option to add NFL RedZone, as part of their Sports Plus plan, for an additional $ 11. per month.
YouTube TV, starting at $ 65 per month
FuboTV is a sports-centric option with access to all NFL games, throughout the season.
In addition to football, FuboTV also offers MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS and international games. On YouTube TV and Roku, NFL Network is included in the base plan, while NFL RedZone costs an additional $ 11 per month.
FuboTV, starting at $ 65 per month
Amazon Prime Video
The 2021 season is a great time to start streaming Thursday NFL games on Amazon – in 2022, Amazon Prime Video will be home to off-market coverage of Thursday night football. Live TV stations will still broadcast the games of their respective local teams and NFL Game Pass will continue to broadcast all regular season games.
Amazon Prime Video, $ 119 per year
Sling TV, essentially a low-cost collection of local and cable TV channels offered for streaming, has limited NFL streaming capabilities. NFL games broadcast on local FOX or NBC channels and Monday Night Football on ESPN are included in the base package.
Sling TV, $ 35 per month
AT&T TV broadcasts all NFL games on local channels, CBS and Monday night games on ESPN. Thursday and Sunday night games in select local NBC markets can only be streamed on a tablet or computer.
AT&T TV, $ 70 per month
Want to watch a live NFL broadcast for free online? Download the free official NFL app and enjoy live, local and prime-time games on your smartphone, plus highlights, breaking news and more.
NFL app, free
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