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How to watch Colts vs. Texans online for free

Houston Texans

This one will come down to who can better protect the QB.

When Houston faces Indianapolis on Saturday, it’s a game that features two teams that, even though they’re not considered the elite of the AFC, have shown the ability to potentially make a significant playoff run. Even if you don’t have cable, you can still watch the Texans vs. the Colts on a livestream. Houston is well-balanced on offense, and it has two of the best defenders in the entire league (J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney). The Colts, meanwhile, employ one of the league’s best quarterbacks in Andrew Luck—who missed all of last season with an arm injury but who has played some of the best football of his career this season. It should be a good matchup, and it’ll probably be a close game—the oddsmakers have made the Texans a slight one-point favorite.

Colts vs. Texans

  • Location: NRG Stadium, Houston
  • Date: Jan. 5, 4:30pm ET
  • Streaming:  ABC/ESPN3

Colts vs. Texans: How to watch online for free

1) Hulu with Live TV

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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.


2) Sling TV

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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). For what it’s worth, ABC games are typically simulcast on ESPN3.


3) DirecTV Now

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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.)


4) YouTube TV

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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.)


5) PlayStation Vue

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  • 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.)


6) 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.)


Other ways to watch NFL playoff games today on TV

1) Locast

Locast is a not-for-profit service offering a completely free way to stream your local broadcast channels (though donations are encouraged). It’s a godsend for football fans, especially during the NFL playoffs. There’s one catch. The service is only available in a handful of cities at the moment: New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston, Denver, Boston, and Dallas. If you happen to be in one of those areas, it’s worth trying. 


Colts vs. Texans: Why it matters

During the season, the Texans put together one of the most unimpressive nine-game winning streaks in recent NFL memory. Yes, they won every game for more than two months, but most of their opponents during that stretch were mediocre or worse. The Colts and Texans played twice this year—each team won once—but the difference in this game might be how well protected the quarterback is during the game. Houston’s Deshaun Watson was sacked 62 times this year, the most in the league, while Luck was brought to the ground an NFL-low 18 times. If the Colts can make Watson feel their pressure, Indianapolis can pull off the upset.


NFL playoff games today: The Wild Card TV schedule

Saturday, Jan. 5

4:35pm, Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans | ABC/ESPN3

8:15pm, Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys | FOX

Sunday, Jan. 6

1:05pm Los Angeles Rams at Baltimore Ravens | CBS

4:40pm, Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears | NBC

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, 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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Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.