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How to watch Monday Night Football online: 4 easy ways to stream

You can stream every game on ESPN this season.

Mar 19, 2020, 1:04 pm*

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Austin Powell 

Austin Powell

If you want to know how to watch Monday Night Football without cable, you’re still going to need ESPN. There’s no other way around it—at least not legally. But there are several ways you can stream ESPN online, and finding the right service for you will likely boil down to what else you want to watch besides Monday Night Football. (Note: MNF games will not stream on ESPN+, the network’s standalone app that launched earlier this year, but it’s worth a closer look.)  

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Here’s everything you need to know to watch a Monday Night Football live stream, and the complete 2018 Monday Night Football schedule. We’ve ordered your options based on the cost of a monthly subscription. 

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How to watch Monday Night Football online: 4 ways to live stream

1) Sling TV

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Sling TV offers three packages—Sling Orange ($30 per month), Sling Blue ($30 per month), and Sling Orange + Blue ($45 per month)—and the first two frustratingly split the baby when it comes to sports. Sling Orange offers ESPN, ESPN 2, and ESPN 3, but Sling Blue has all of the other sports content you want, including NFL Network, FS1, FS2, and NBCSN. That’s why you’ll likely want the combination Sling Orange + Blue package so you get the best of both.

For $10 extra per month, you can get NFL RedZone via the Sling Sports Extra package.

Game-changing feature: Price. If you only care about ESPN, Sling TV is by far your cheapest option.

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How to use AirTV with Sling

AirTV solves one of the Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.”

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The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.

But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TVYouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels.

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2) Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu with Live TV is exactly what’s advertised: everything you love about Hulu’s on-demand content coupled with 40 channels of live TV. You don’t just get ESPN here—you also get ESPN2, ESPNEWS, and ESPNU, along with FS1 and FS2. The only thing you might miss from your cable package is AMC. For an extra $4 per month, you can upgrade to Hulu with No Commercials.  

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For NFL fans it’s worth noting that you can’t add NFL Network or NFL RedZone.

Game-changing feature: Every subscription comes with free access to Hulu’s on-demand library, meaning you can catch up on all of your favorite shows. (Here are our picks best movies on Hulu, Hulu documentaries, anime, and the must-see Hulu originals.)

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3) AT&T Now

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  • Cost: $50-$135 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
  • Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)

There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. The second you sign up you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO on PLUS and MAX channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.

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4) YouTube TV

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Cost: $49.99 per month

Devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices

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YouTube TV offers one of the strongest live sports packages around. The YouTube channel lineup obviously includes ESPN, but it also offers FS1, MLB Network, and NBA TV, along with a couple of college sports networks (SEC Network, Big Ten Network), and three channels for MLS teams.

The only downside? You can’t stream via Amazon Fire or add NFL RedZone.

Game-changing feature: You can add up to six accounts per household, and each one of those accounts gets unlimited cloud DVR. Even better: You can fast-forward through ads in recorded programs.

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2019 Monday Night Football schedule

Games start at 8:15pm ET except for Week 1.

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Week 1Sept. 9
Texans at Saints (7 p.m. ET)
 Sept. 9
Broncos at Raiders (10:15 p.m. ET)
Week 2Sept. 16Browns at Jets
Week 3Sept. 23
Bears at Redskins
Week 4Sept. 30
Bengals at Steelers
Week 5Oct. 7Browns at 49ers
Week 6Oct. 14Lions at Packers
Week 7Oct. 21Patriots at Jets
Week 8Oct. 28
Dolphins at Steelers
Week 9Nov. 4
Cowboys at Giants
Week 10Nov. 11
Seahawks at 49ers
Week 11Nov. 18
Chiefs at Chargers
Week 12Nov. 25Ravens at Rams
Week 13Dec. 2
Vikings at Seahawks
Week 14Dec. 9Giants at Eagles
Week 15Dec. 16Colts at Saints
Week 16Dec. 23
Packers at Vikings

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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*First Published: Sep 10, 2018, 3:00 pm