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How to stream NFL Week 16 games for free

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In Week 16, it’s do or die, win or go home—especially if your fantasy league is wrapping up this week. Even if you’ve cut the cord, you can still stream NFL games today, and you’ll definitely want to be keeping an eye on NFL RedZone. And with two big games on NFL Network on Saturday, you’ll want to make sure you have all of your bases covered. Here’s a complete breakdown of the best streaming TV services and a schedule for the rest of the week’s games. Thankfully, all of the services listed below offer a free one-week trial. 

Stream NFL games today for free: Week 16

1) FuboTV

  • Cost: $39.99 for your first month and $44.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
  • Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
  • ESPN: No
  • NFL Network: Yes
  • NFL RedZone: Yes (FuboTV + Sports Plus)

FuboTV specifically caters to sports fans, as you’ll note by the abundance of sports channels in its basic lineup, which includes regional sports networks, Big Ten Network, BeIn Sports, and FS1 and FS2. It’s the best streaming service for international soccer and, with a standard package that includes access to all four major broadcast channels and NFL Network, which you might need to watch Thursday Night Football, it’s a solid choice for streaming NFL games, too, especially if you add NFL RedZone to your package. The major asterisk to FuboTV is that it doesn’t include ESPN, but you’ll get free three-day replay for games and 30 hours of cloud DVR storage. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)

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2) Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV has all of the essentials when it comes to streaming NFL games today. Even better, its 50-plus channel lineup includes six ESPN channels, seven if you include SEC Network. (Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.) While you won’t be able to add NFL RedZone or NFL Network, Hulu has one thing none of its competitors can match: a massive library of on-demand entertainment you can watch anytime. Here are guides to the best movies, documentaries, anime, and Hulu original series to watch to get you started.

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3) PlayStation Vue

  • Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a seven-day free trial)
  • Devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
  • ESPN: Yes (PlayStation Vue Access and above)
  • NFL Network: Yes (PlayStation Vue Core and above)
  • NFL RedZone: Yes (PlayStation Vue Sports Pack)

PlayStation Vue offers a comparable channel list as Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV at a slightly higher price point. One thing that sets it apart: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and you can upgrade your account to include nearly 80 channels. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.)

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4) Sling TV

Sling TV is your cheapest option for watching NFL RedZone. You can add it to the Sling Blue or Sling Orange + Blue packages for just $10 per month. You’ll want the latter, which costs $40 per month, if you want to get ESPN channels in addition to regional sports networks and FS1 and FS2. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels.) The one drawback: When it comes to network channels, Sling TV only offers NBC and Fox (and here again, you’ll need either Sling Blue or Sling Orange + Blue), but the company is currently offering new subscribers a free HD antenna, so you can at least watch some games that way (just not this week).

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5) DirecTV Now

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DirecTV Now’s Live a Little

By far the most comprehensive option, DirecTV Now is the online version of DirecTV, and it offers five distinct channel packages at prices that are still far below cable. The entry-level Live a Little package ($40 per month) has pretty much everything you need to stream NFL games today, plus cable essentials like CNN, ESPN, and MTV. But you get have a whopping 125 channels if you upgrade to the $75-per-month Gotta Have It package. Worth noting: If you’re an AT&T Unlimited customer, you’ll save $25 a month on any DirecTV Now package. (You can view the full DirecTV Now channels list here.)

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6) YouTube TV

YouTube TV offers a simple and compelling package for sports fans. In addition to all of the local channels, you’ll get ESPN, a couple of college sports networks, and specialty channels like NBA TV and MLB Network. While it’s light on extras like NFL RedZone, YouTube TV is great if you have roommates you’re looking to split the cost with. Each subscription supports up to six accounts per household, and each comes with unlimited cloud DVR. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)

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Other ways to watch NFL games on TV today

1) NFL Sunday Ticket

  • Cost: $73.99 per month for four months or a single payment of $293.96
  • Devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Roku, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Android TV, tablets, and iOS and Android devices.

NFL Sunday Ticket lets you watch every NFL game today except those subject to local blackout restrictions. At this point in the season, you’re better off going the monthly route, and if you’re a student, the NFLST.TV U package is just $24.99 per month. There’s also a workaround to make NFL Sunday Ticket work on Amazon Prime.

2) CBS All Access

If you’re looking for CBS games in particular, CBS All Access will let you catch all of the action live. You can also add CBS All Access as an Amazon Prime channel, which comes with a free seven-day trial. No matter what device you subscribe on, you’ll also get access to all of your favorite CBS shows and Star Trek: Discovery.


Week 16 NFL TV schedule

All times ET.

Saturday, Dec. 22

4:30pm, Redskins at Titans | NFL Network

8:20pm, Ravens at Chargers | NFL Network

Sunday, Dec. 23

1pm, Bengals at Browns | CBS (regional)

1pm, Buccaneers at Cowboys | FOX (regional)

1pm, Vikings at Lions | FOX (regional)

1pm, Bills at Patriots | CBS (regional)

1pm, Packers at Jets | FOX (regional)

1pm, Texans at Eagles | CBS (regional)

1pm, Falcons at Panthers | FOX (regional)

1pm, Giants at Colts | CBS (regional)

1pm, Jaguars at Dolphins | CBS (regional)

4:05pm,Rams at Cardinals | FOX (regional)

4:05pm, Bears at 49ers | FOX (regional)

4:25pm, Steelers at Saints | CBS (regional)

8:20pm, Chiefs at Seahawks | NBC

Monday, Dec.  24

8:15pm, Broncos at Raiders | ESPN

New to cord-cutting? Here are our picks for the best movie streaming sites of 2018 and free live TV apps and channels. If you’re looking for a specific channel, here’s how to watch HBO, Showtime, Starz, Sundance TV, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, AMC, FX, Fox News, Freeform, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FS1, TBS, TNT, Golf Channel, Syfy, HGTV, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Bravo, Lifetime, Discovery, PBS, the CW, BBC, CSPAN, NBA TV, MTV, Comedy Central, Food Network, TLC, HLN, A&E, Animal Planet, National Geographic, the Weather Channel, the History Channel, and NFL RedZone without cable, as well as free movies on YouTube. If you’re on the move, here’s how to watch Fox Sports Go and live stream NBC Sports.

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Austin Powell

Austin Powell

Austin Powell is the managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.