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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.)
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.
How to watch Monday Night Football online: 4 ways to live stream
1) Sling TV
Cost: $25-$40 per month
Sling TV offers three packages—Sling Orange ($25 per month), Sling Blue ($25 per month), and Sling Orange + Blue ($40 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 Blue Sports Extra package.
Game-changing feature: Price. If you only care about ESPN, Sling TV is by far your cheapest option.
Cost: $40-$44 per month (after free trial)
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.
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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Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month
Devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
Spoiler alert: You don’t need a PlayStation to use PlayStation Vue (though it certainly excels on a gaming console). There are four tiers of PlayStation Vue channels, from $44.99 for 45-plus channels to its massive Ultra package at $79.99 per month, which includes Showtime and HBO. To stream Monday Night Football, you can get away with the bare minimum. Bonus: PlayStation Vue is Kodi compatible.
It’s worth noting that you’ll need at least the Core package ($49.99 per month) to add the Sports Pack (an extra $10 per month), which unlocks NFL RedZone and a dozen other sports offerings.
Game-changing feature: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s unlimited cloud DVR.
4) YouTube TV
Cost: $49.99 per month
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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2018 Monday Night Football schedule
Sept. 10, 7:10pm, New York Jets at Detroit Lions | 10:15pm, Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders
Sept. 17, 8:15pm, Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears
Sept. 24, 8:15pm, Pittsburgh Steelers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Oct. 1, 8:15pm, Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos
Oct. 8, 8:15pm, Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints
Oct. 15, 8:15pm, San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers
Oct. 22, 8:15pm, New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons
Oct. 29, 8:15pm, New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
Nov. 5, 8:15pm, Tennessee Titans at Dallas Cowboys
Nov. 12, 8:15pm, New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers
Nov. 19, 8:15pm, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Rams (in Mexico City)
Nov. 26, 8:15pm, Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans
Dec. 3, 8:15pm, Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
Dec. 10, 8:15pm, Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks
Dec. 17, 8:15pm, New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
Dec. 24, 8:15pm, Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders
Jan. 5-6, TBD, NFL Wild Card Playoff Game
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 is the former 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.