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You don’t have to break the bank this season.
If you want to watch NFL Network online, you have plenty of options, and some are significantly cheaper than others. Here’s everything you need to know to make sure you catch every down—and save yourself some money in the process with an NFL Network live stream.
What is NFL Network?
The best reason to subscribe to NFL Network is to watch Thursday Night Football. With the exception of the Week 1 matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles (that’s airing on NBC), the NFL Network is your best option for a Thursday Night Football live stream. While 11 games will air on Fox and stream live on Amazon Prime, NFL Network will carry 16 games, including the Sunday, Oct. 28 matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars in London, and the closing double-header on Saturday, Dec. 15, which features the Houston Texans at New York Jets and Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos. (You’ll find a full Thursday Night Football schedule below.)
But there’s plenty more to love about NFL Network. For starters, you can watch NFL Network-exclusive shows like Good Morning Football, NFL Total Access, A Football Life, and most importantly, Sunday’s NFL GameDay, which features Deion Sanders and Kurt Warner, among others. There’s also daily programming devoted to fantasy football and power rankings—the sort of stuff you’ll want to geek out over. NFL Network recently added Inside the NFL to its roster as well. You can also watch replays of nearly 100 games on NFL Network, though it’s unclear which games will be featured this season.
The bottom line: If you want to get closer to the game and catch (almost) every Thursday Night Football game, you need NFL Network.
NFL Network live stream: How to watch games online for free
- Cost: $39.99 for your first month and $44.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
FuboTV is a sports fan’s ideal streaming service. It’s loaded with niche channels that will ensure you always have a game to watch, especially if you’re a fan of international soccer.
FuboTV’s basic plan boasts 85 channels and includes NFL Network. At $44.99 per month, you’ll also get FS1, FS2, NBCSN, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, and CBS Sports Network, along with premium channels like FX/FXX/FXM. The only thing noticeably missing is ESPN.
You can add Fubo’s Sports Plus package for an additional $8.99 per month, which will allow you to stream NFL RedZone, in addition to the Pac 12 network, a collection of Fox College Sports channels, and Fight Network. Your monthly total would come out to $53.98, which is pretty good considering everything that you’d be getting.
For more information, check out our comprehensive FuboTV guide.
2) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
One of the leading names in live TV streaming, Sling TV offers three different packages: Sling Orange, Sling Blue, and Sling Orange + Blue. While Sling Orange + Blue offers the best of both basic packages, truth be told, if you’re looking for NFL football games, you really only need Sling Blue, which costs $25 per month and includes NFL Network, along with FS1, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3.
To make the most of Sling TV, you’ll want to add the Sling Blue “Sports Extra” package, which costs an extra $10 per month and allows you to watch NFL RedZone online, along with NBA TV, NHL Network, and NBC Golf, among other sports channels.
For more information, check out our comprehensive Sling TV guide.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue 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)
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to own a PlayStation to use PlayStation Vue. The live TV streaming service is available at four levels of packages. To watch NFL Network livestream, you’ll need the Core package or greater, but to be honest, everything above the Core package is just filler. Core packs in everything you need for live sports—Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, ESPN News, ESPNU, NBC Golf, MLB Network, NBA TV, and SEC Network—in addition to PlayStation Vue’s basic 45 channels. (Here’s a complete rundown of PlayStation Vue channels.)
From there, you can also add NFL RedZone as part of the $10-per-month Sports Pack, which unlocks ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network, and NBCUniversal regional sports networks.
For more information, check out our comprehensive PlayStation Vue guide.
4) DirecTV Now
- Cost: $40-$75 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- DirecTV Now devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire Stick
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check local availability)
Just in time for football season, every DirecTV Now package starting with its Just Right collection now lets you watch NFL Network online. For $55 per month, you get more than 85 channels to stream, and plenty of sports options: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, FS1, MLB Network, NBCSN, SEC Network, and more. There’s just one drawback: You can’t add NFL RedZone. But at the price point—especially when you consider you can add HBO for just $5 per month—DirecTV is tough to beat.
Don’t worry: Signing up for DirecTV Now doesn’t have all the strings attached that you’re used to with cable companies. You don’t need a satellite or an annual contract. You just sign up online and start streaming.
For more information, check out our comprehensive DirecTV Now guide.
5) The NFL app
Cost: Depends on provider
Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, PS4, Roku, Android RV, iOS and Android devices
If you subscribe to NFL Network through your cable provider—or you know someone who does and they owe you a massive favor—you can also watch via the official NFL app. All you have to do is download it from your streaming device of choice—Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, PS4, Roku, or Android TV—and then enter in your cable credentials when prompted. You can also stream on any iOS or Android device, or on your desktop. Just visit nfl.com/watch.
2018 Thursday Night Football schedule
The biggest perk of NFL Network is that it allows you to watch every single game of Thursday Night Football. Here’s the complete schedule for your reference.
Week 2: Thursday, Sept. 13 | NFL Network
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
Week 3: Thursday, Sept. 20 | NFL Network
New York Jets at Cleveland Browns
Week 4: Thursday, Sept. 27 | Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime
Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Rams
Week 5: Thursday, Oct. 4 | Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots
Week 6: Thursday, Oct. 11 | Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
Week 7: Thursday, Oct. 18 | Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime
Denver Broncos at Arizona Cardinals
Week 8: Thursday, Oct. 25 | Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime
Miami Dolphins at Houston Texans
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 28 | NFL Network
Philadelphia Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars: London
Week 9: Thursday, Nov. 1 | Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime
Oakland Raiders at San Francisco 49ers
Week 10: Thursday, Nov. 8 | Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime
Carolina Panthers at Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 11: Thursday, Nov. 15 | Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks
Week 13: Thursday, Nov. 29 | Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime
New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys
Week 14: Thursday, Dec. 6 | Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans
Week 15: Thursday, Dec. 13 | Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs
Week 15: Saturday, Dec. 15 | NFL Network
4:30pm, Houston Texans at New York Jets
8:20pm, Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos
Saturday, Dec. 22
4:30pm, Washington Redskins at Tennessee Titans
8:20pm, Baltimore Ravens at San Diego Chargers
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 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.