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How to stream the NFL conference championship games

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These are two games you don’t want to miss.

We’re down to the best of the best: the 2018 NFL conference championship games. Whether you’re looking for the Rams vs. Saints or Patriots vs. Chiefs, here’s everything you need to know to stream NFL playoff games today.

Stream NFL playoff games today: How to watch the 2019 divisional playoff games for free

The two NFL playoff games today on TV are being broadcast on CBS and Fox. If you’ve already cut the cord or you’re planning on watch on mobile, it can be more difficult than you might expect to stream network channels. While most live TV streaming services offer local channels, not all of them offer both CBS and Fox, and even within each service, availability varies by city. Be sure to use the links below to confirm that the channels are available in your area. If so, you’re in luck: All of the services listed below offer a one-week trial, so you can watch these NFL playoff games for free.

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, it’s a solid choice for streaming NFL playoff games, too. 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.)


2) CBS All Access

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If you’re looking for New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs in particular, CBS All Access will let you catch the game 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 CBS All Access originals like Star Trek: Discovery, which just started its second season on Thursday.


3) Hulu with Live TV

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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.


4) PlayStation Vue

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PlayStation Vue’s Access channels

  • 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.)


5) Sling TV

Sling TV only offers two local channels, Fox and NBC, which means you’ll only be able to watch the Rams vs. Saints live stream. But if you’re looking to cut the cord in general, Sling TV is worth considering. It offers the cheapest avenue for watching NFL RedZone (more relevant for next season, but still worth noting) and all sorts of essential sports channels. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels.)


6) 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 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.)


7) 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.)


NFL playoff games today: The Conference Championships 2019 TV schedule

Sunday, January 20

* All times ET

3:05pm, Los Angeles Rams vs New Orleans Saints | Fox

6:40pm, New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs | CBS

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, Willow, AMC, FX, Fox News, Freeform, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FS1, TBS, TNT, Tennis Channel, 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.