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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.
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What is NFL Network?
The best reason to subscribe to NFL Network is to watch Thursday Night Football. While 11 games will air on Fox and stream live on Amazon Prime, NFL Network will carry 13 games during the 2019 NFL season, and two of those will be exclusive to the channel: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers in Week 2 and Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3. (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 has also 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 Thursday Night Football games for free
WATCH: Is Sling TV worth it?
1) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- 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 for the first month, $54.99 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.
- 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.
Other ways to watch NFL Network online
1) 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.
2019 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. 12 | NFL Network
8:20pm ET, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers
Week 3, Thursday, Sept. 19 | NFL Network
8:20pm ET, Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 4, Thursday, Sept. 26 | NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video
8:20pm ET, Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers
Week 5, Thursday, Oct. 3 | NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video
8:20pm ET, Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks
Week 6, Thursday, Oct. 10 | NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video
8:20pm ET, New York Giants at New England Patriots
Week 7, Thursday, Oct. 17 | NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video
8:20pm ET, Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos
Week 8, Thursday, Oct. 24 | NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video
8:20pm ET, Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings
Week 9, Thursday, Oct. 31 | NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video
8:20pm ET, San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals
Week 10, Thursday, Nov. 7 | NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video
8:20pm ET, Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders
Week 11, Thursday, Nov. 14 | NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video
8:20pm ET, Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns
Week 12, Thursday, Nov. 21 | NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video
8:20pm ET, Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
Week 14, Thursday, Dec. 5 | NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video
8:20pm ET, Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears
Week 15, Thursday, Dec. 12 | NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video
8:20pm ET, New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens
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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.